Peter K. Lee

Peter K. Lee

Research Fellow

Center for Regional Studies

Areas of Expertise  : Indo-Pacific security, US alliances, middle powers


Dr. Peter K. Lee is a research fellow in the Center for Regional Studies at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. His research focuses on Indo-Pacific security and US alliances and partnerships. Previously, he was a research fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and also a Korea Foundation research fellow at the University of Melbourne. His recent publications cover Australia-Korea relations, US foreign and defense policy, AUKUS, and Korean security, including “Many Hands: Australia-US Contributions to Southeast Asian Maritime Security Resilience" (2022), “A K-Arsenal of Democracy? South Korea and US Allied Defense Procurement” (2022), “Australia’s Great Power Threat Perceptions and Leadership Responses” (2022), and “Middle Power Strategic Choices and Horizontal Security Cooperation" (2019). Dr. Lee received his PhD in strategic studies from the Australian National University, and his Master of International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in political science from the University of Melbourne.

Academic Background

Ph.D. in international, political and strategic studies, The Australian National University (2017-2021)
Master of International Relations, The University of Melbourne (2009-2010)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in political science and international studies, The University of Melbourne (2005-2008)

Professional Background

Non-resident Fellow, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (present)
Research Fellow, Foreign Policy and Defence Program, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (2021-2023)
Korea Foundation Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne (2022-2023)
Course Convenor, Department of International Relations, The Australian National University (2019-2020)
Assistant Editor, Centre of Gravity Series, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, The Australian National University (2018)
Research Associate, Center for Regional Studies, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies (2011-2015)