Dr. Thayer is emeritus professor of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. He first taught at The Royal Military College-Duntroon (1979-1985) before transferring to the newly established Australian Defence Force Academy (1985-2010). He has held senior positions at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii (1999-2002); Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies; Australian Defence College (2002-04); and the Australian Command and Staff College (2006-2007 and 2010). He was C. V. Starr Distinguished Visiting Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University (2005) and the Inaugural Margaret M. and Stephen H. Fuller Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Center for International Studies at Ohio University (2008). He is a Southeast Asia regional specialist with particular expertise on Vietnam. He is the author of over 450 publications including: Southeast Asia: Patterns of Security Cooperation (2010). Dr. Thayer received his B.A. from Brown University, his M.A. from Yale University, and his Ph.D. from The Australian National University.