Dr Chris Rahman

Chris Rahman

Position: Principal Research Fellow / Associate Professor in Maritime Strategy & Security 
Phone number: +61 (02) 4221 4884
Office: UOW Innovation Campus, ITAMS Building 233, Room 309
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia          


Chris Rahman is an academic strategist with wide-ranging research interests within the disciplines of strategic studies and international security. 

His areas of expertise include the rise of China, strategic theory (including maritime strategy), geopolitical theory, U.S. national security strategy, Australian defence policy, and the strategic relations of the Indo-Pacific region. He also works on different aspects of maritime security, including the application of vessel tracking and other technologies to improve maritime situational awareness. 

Research students:

  • Indra ALVERDIANThe evolution of Indonesia's maritime policy from independence to the present era; Dynamics of political culture and maritime geography
  • Eric DOORNBOS::State Securitization under the Law of the Sea Convention
  • Prakash GOPAL: Littoral Security: An examination of the concept, and a comparative study of Australian and Indian architectures
  • Justin JONES: Australian Defence Policy, Maritime Strategy and the Indian Ocean in the 21st Century
  • Hakam JUNUS: Indonesia: A Long Road for Middle Power to Become a Global Maritime Nexus
  • Wirawan KARTONO: The Role of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) in Securing the Sea 

Completed Research Students:

  • Bruce McLennan: Contemporary Maritime Pressures and their Implications for Naval Force Structure Planning (Ph.D. 2006)
  • Matt Bannon: The Evolution of the Role of Australian Customs in Maritime Surveillance and Border Protection (MMS-R 2007)
  • Ronnie Gavan: Border Security Dilemma: Operational Responses to Maritime Security Threats in the Southern Philippines (MMS-R 2008)
  • Daisuke Sekine: Seapower and Japan’s Maritime Coalition Building (Ph.D. 2011)
  • Kamal-Deen Ali: Maritime Security Cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea: Prospects and Challenges (Ph.D. 2014)
  • Jack McCaffrie: Protecting Australia's Offshore Estate: An Evolving Commitment for the Royal Australian Navy (Ph.D. 2014)
  • Ahmad Almaududy Amri: Maritime Security Challenges in Southeast Asia: Analysis of International and Regional Legal Frameworks (Ph.D. 2017)
  • Anh Ton: Navigating the Shoals of the South China Sea: International Law and Geopolitical Issues surrounding the Passage of Sovereign Immune Vessels and Aircraft (Ph.D. 2017)
  • Shishir UPADHYAYA: Maritime Security Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region: Role of the Indian Navy (Ph.D. 2018)

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Last reviewed: 16 January, 2019