Benjamin Zala

Dr Benjamin Zala


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Ben is a Senior Lecturer (Fellow) in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. 

His work focuses on the politics of the great powers and the management of nuclear weapons. His work has appeared in over a dozen different peer-reviewed journals such as Review of International Studies, Journal of Global Security Studies, Third World Quarterly and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

His book Power in International Society: A Perceptual Approach to Great Power Politics is under contract with Oxford University Press and his edited volume, National Perspectives on a Multipolar Order, was published by Manchester University Press in 2021.

He has been a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at Harvard University and has previously held positions in the UK at the Oxford Research Group, Chatham House, and the University of Leicester. He is also currently an Honorary Fellow at the University of Leicester where he contributes to the European Research Council-funded project, Towards a Third Nuclear Age.

Research interests

Historical and contemporary great power politics; historical and contemporary trends in the global nuclear order; nuclear arms control and risk reduction.

Researcher's projects

Recent Publications:


BIR(Hons) (La Trobe); PhD (Birmingham)

External positions

Honorary Fellow, University of Leicester

1 Nov 202031 Jul 2025

Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow, Harvard University

1 Aug 201830 Jun 2019

Expertise Areas

  • Defence Studies
  • International Relations
  • Nuclear Weapons


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