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 include “South Korean Entanglement in a Taiwan Contingency” (Asia Policy 19.2, April 2024), “Comparing Allied Public Confidence in U.S. Extended Nuclear Deterrence” (Asan Issue Brief, March 2024), “South Korean Power in a Multipolar Indo-Pacific” (USSC Report, February 2024), and “Why U.S. Naval Power Needs Asian Allies” (War on the Rocks, January 2024). 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)