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Emeritus Professor William Maley served as Professor of Diplomacy at the ANU from 2003-2021, and was Foundation Director of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy from 1 July 2003 to 31 December 2014. 

He taught for many years in the School of Politics, University College, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, and has served as a Visiting Professor at the Russian Diplomatic Academy, a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Refugee Studies Programme at Oxford University.

He is a Barrister of the High Court of Australia,Vice-President of the Refugee Council of Australia, and a member of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He has also served as Review Editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science, and as a  member of the Editorial Boards of Global Responsibility to Protect, and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and of the International Advisory Board of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.

In 2002, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA). In 2020, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (FAIIA).

Research interests

  • Modern diplomacy
  • Afghan politics
  • Refugees



Expertise Areas

  • Migration
  • Australian Government and Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory and Political Philosophy


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