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Dr Bec Strating Senior Lecturer, Politics

I am the Director of the Bachelor of International Relations, Convenor of the International Studies Major in the BA, and a lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at La Trobe University.

I currently research in the areas of Australian politics and foreign policy, small states and maritime disputes in Asia-Pacific. In 2018, I was awarded the prestigious Boyer Prize by the Australian Institute of International Affairs for best article published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2017 for my paper ‘Timor-Leste’s Foreign Policy Approach to the Timor Sea: Pipeline or Pipedream?’ I am currently co-editing a special edition of Australian Journal of Politics and History on 'East Asia's Contested Security Order' to be published in 2019.

My second book, The Post-Colonial Security Dilemma: Timor-Leste and the International Community, will published in 2018 with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. I have also published in well-regarded journals such as Australian Journal of International Affairs, Asian Security, Journal of Current Southeast Asia, Journal of Pacific History, Southeast Asian Affairs 2017 and Contemporary Southeast Asia, with an article forthcoming in Australian Journal of Politics and History in October 2018.

I have written over 30 commentary pieces for organisations such as Lowy Institute, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, The Conversation, East Asia Forum, New Mandela and Australian Outlook.

I am available for research supervision in Australian politics and International Relations of the Asia-Pacific.

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