Bates Gill

Senior Fellow Conventional Arms and Ammunition
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UNIDIR Senior Fellow Dr. Bates Gill has enjoyed a 30-year global career as an internationally respected institution-builder, policy advisor and scholar, with a focus on China and Indo-Pacific affairs.  He is currently a Senior Fellow for Asian Security with the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR, Seattle and Washington, D.C.) and a Senior Associate Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI, London).

He previously served as the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and inaugural Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Dr. Gill’s research has resulted in more than 200 publications and travel to more than 55 countries. His most recent book is Daring to Struggle: China’s Global Ambitions under Xi Jinping (Oxford University Press, 2022).

Dr. Gill holds the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed upon foreigners by the Swedish monarch, for his contributions to Swedish interests.  He has lived three years in China and Taiwan, 12 years in Europe (France, Sweden, Switzerland), and 12 years in Australia.  Dr. Gill received his PhD in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.