Richard Tanter

Richard Tanter is Senior Research Associate, Nautilus Institute, and Honorary Professor in the School of Political and Social Studies at the University of Melbourne, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate subjects on ‘Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament’, Indonesia Rising?’ and ‘Australian Foreign Policy’.

From 2004 – 2010 he was Professor of International Relations in the Research and Innovation Portfolio, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Director of  Nautilus Institute in Australia.

From 1989-2003 Richard was Professor of International Relations in the School of Environmental and Social Studies at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. After returning from Japan in 2003, he was Senior Curriculum Consultant to Deakin University for its Security Studies graduate program at the Australian Defence College’s Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. His PhD dissertation for Monash University in 1992 was on Intelligence Agencies and Third World Militarization: A Case Study of Indonesia.

Richard has worked on peace, security and environment issues in East and Southeast Asia as analyst, policy advocate and activist since the 1970s. His research has focussed on militarisation and peace issues in Indonesia, Korea and Japan, as well as the wider politics of East and Southeast Asia. In East Asia he has written on questions of Japanese security policy, its intersection with US policy and relations with China, and, with Desmond Ball, on Japanese electronic intelligence capabilities. More recently he has focussed on Australian defence and foreign policy, and with Desmond Ball and Bill Robinson on a series of papers on the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap.

Richard Tanter, Seoul, 2009

Richard Tanter, Seoul, 2009

His most recent book, with Desmond Ball) is The Tools of Owatatsumi: Japan’s Ocean Surveillance and Coastal Defence Capabilities, Canberra, ANU Press, 2015.

Richard is a board member of ICAN Australia.

Richard is a frequent commentator on international affairs in newspapers, radio and television, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Asahi Shimbun, Tempo, Jakarta Post, ABC, BBC, VOA, Al Jazeera, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, Straits Times, and Pravda.

Publications

Contact details

  • Phone: +61 (0)40 7824336
  • Email: rtanter@nautilus.org

Languages

  • Interview languages: English, Japanese.
  • Reading languages: Indonesian, French.

Education

Richard Tanter’s recent publications include:

2016

Desmond Ball, Bill Robinson, and Richard Tanter, Australia’s participation in the Pine Gap enterprise, Nautilus Institute Special Report, 8 June 2016.

Desmond Ball, Bill Robinson, and Richard Tanter, The Antennas of Pine Gap, Nautilus Institute Special Report, 22 February 2016. [High resolution PDF/ Low resolution pdf]

Antennas of Pine Gaimages gallery, Joint Defence Faciiity Pine Gap, Australian Defence Facilities Briefing Book, Nautilus Institute

Table and photokey of antennas at Pine GapJoint Defence Facility Pine Gap, Australian Defence Facilities Briefing Book, Nautilus Institute

US signals intelligence (SIGINT) activities in Japan 1945 – 2015: A Visual Guide, (with Desmond Ball), Nautilus Institute, Special Report, 24 December 2015 [420 pp.] [pdf, 6 Mb]

Australia’s Addiction to Alliance War‘, Arena Magazine, 139 (December 2015), pp. 30-34.

Managing Operations at Pine Gap, (with Desmond Ball and Bill Robinson), Nautilus Institute, Special Report, 24 November 2015

有志連合の戦争に耽溺した豪州 日本が同じ轍を踏まないために」、 『特殊:どうして?公明党、どうなる?自衛隊』、ジャーナリズム・Journalism, (Asahi Shinbunsha), 2015.11, no. 306, pp. 78-87.

The Slovakian “Inspirasi” for Indonesian Nuclear Power – the “Success” of a Permanently Failing Organisation‘,Asian Perspective, Volume 39, issue 4 (October-December 2015), pp. 667-694.

Table: Indonesian nuclear power reactors, under governmental consideration, 2010 – 2015‘ (footnoted version).

The SIGINT Satellites of Pine Gap: Conception, Development and in Orbit, (with Desmond Ball and Bill Robinson), Nautilus Institute, Special Reports, 15 October 2015.

The Higher Management of Pine Gap, (with Desmond Ball and Bill Robinson), Nautilus Institute, Special Report, 18 August 2015.

The militarisation of Pine Gap: Organisations and Personnel, (with Desmond Ball and Bill Robinson), Nautilus Institute, Special Report, 14 August 2015.

Japan’s Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Ground Stations: A Visual Guide, (with Desmond Ball), Nautilus Institute Special Report, 6 August 2015 [238 pp.] [High resolution version]

Global Problems, Complexity, and Civil Society in East Asia‘, (with Peter Hayes), Nautilus Institute, Special Report, 15 July 2015; also published as Chapter 2 in Peter Hayes and Yi Kiho (eds.), Complexity, Security and Civil Society in East Asia, Open Book Publishers, 2015).

‘To war, like it or not: the ‘joint facilities’, interoperability, and the erasure of independent war powers’, in Alison Broinowski (ed.), How does Australia go to war? A Call for Accountability and Change, Melbourne: Australians for War Powers Reform, June 2015, pp. 58-63.

The corporatisation of Pine Gap, (Desmond Ball, Bill Robinson, and Philip Dorling), Nautilus Institute, NAPSNet Special Reports, 24 June 2015.

Expanded Communications Satellite Surveillance and Intelligence Activities Utilising Multi-beam Antenna Systems, (with Desmond Ball, Duncan Campbell, and Bill Robinson), Nautilus Institute, NAPSNet Special Reports, 28 May 2015

‘The $40-Billion submarine pathway to strategic disaster’, Arena Magazine 135 (April 2015); extended and footnoted version: ‘The $40 billion submarine pathway to Australian strategic confusion‘, Nautilus Institute,NAPSNet Policy Forum, 20 April 2015

‘Home Base’, Australian Financial Review, 23 January 2015 [PDFs: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3text version]

The Tools of Owatatsumi: Japan’s Ocean Surveillance and Coastal Defence Capabilities, (with Desmond Ball), Canberra, ANU Press.

2014

Australia in America’s Iraq War 3.0‘, Nautilus Institute, NAPSNet Policy Forum, 20 November 2014; expanded and updated version in ‘Australia in America’s Third Iraq War‘, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 49, No. 3, December 22, 2014.

Towards a non-nuclear defence of Australia: ICAN Australia submission to the Defence White Paper 2015 Public Consultation,(with Sue Wareham, Dimity Hawkins, Tilman Ruff, Dave Sweeney, and Tim Wright), 25 October 2014

Alleged abuse of protesters against war in Iraq disturbing’, The Age, 7 October 2014

2013

Indonesia, Australia and Edward Snowden: ambiguous and shifting asymmetries of power, Nautilus Institute, Special Report, 29 November 2013; expanded and updated version: ‘Indonesia, Australia and the Edward Snowden Legacy: Shifting asymmetries of power’, The Asia Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 10, No. 3, March 10, 2014; abridged version: ‘Power asymmetries and Australian hubris: Indonesia, Australia and Edward Snowden’, Arena Magazine, No, 127, December 2013- January 2014, pp. 19-22.

Modernised High Frequency Communications System – Riverina node‘, Australian Defence Facilities, Nautilus Institute, 24 November 2013.

After Fukushima: A Survey of Corruption in the Global Nuclear Power Industry‘, Asian Perspective, October-December 2013, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 475-500.

The US military presence in Australia: asymmetrical alliance cooperation and its alternatives“, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 45, No. 1, 11 November 2013.

Possibilities and effects of a nuclear missile attack on Pine Gap“, Australian Defence Facilities, Nautilus Institute, 30 October 2013

ASD Cocos Islands Signals Intelligence Station“, Australian Defence Facilities, Nautilus Institute, 5 October  2013.

The continuing silence on 4 Squadron SASR operations in East Africa“, Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry (5 October 2013)

“The Great Killings in Indonesia through the Australian Mass Media” / “Pembunuhan Massal di Indonesia dalam Tinjauan Media Massa Australia”, in Bernd Schaefer and Baskara T. Wardaya (eds.), 1965: Indonesia and the World / 1965 Indonesia dan Dunia, Jakarta: Kompas Gramedia, 2013, (bilingual edition), pp. 129-144 and 372-391.

Log of US Navy ship visits to Darwin, 2000 – 2013, Australian Defence Facilities, Nautilus Institute, (updated 28 September 2013)

Absurd, obscene and reckless – American nuclear weapons in the defence of Australia“, Dissent (Australia), no. 42, Spring 2013.

The Papua-New Guinea Solution”: Competitive Cruelty and Strategic Folly“, NAPSNet Policy Forum, 6 August 2013,

Bamaga Signals Intelligence Station“, Australian Defence Facilities, Nautilus Institute, 1 August  2013.

Ending undeclared wars: repeal of authorizing legislation“, Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry (31 May 2013)

No progress on extended nuclear deterrence in 2013 White Paper“, The Strategist (ASPI) (27 May 2013)

A question of accountability as HMAS Sydney joins USN Carrier Strike Group, Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry (20 May 2013)

A dangerous tug of war”, The Age, 15 February 2013; extended version: “An Australian Role in Reducing the Prospects of China-Japan War over the Senkakus/Diaoyutai?” The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 7, No. 1, February 18, 2013.

The sick man of Asia: costs of denial“, Policy Forum, Nautilus Institute, 10 January 2013

2012

The “Joint Facilities” revisited – Desmond Ball, democratic debate on security, and the human interest, Special Report, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, 12 December 2012 (abridged earlier version appeared as American bases in Australia revisited, in Brendan Taylor, Nicholas Farrelly and Sheryn Lee (eds.) Insurgent Intellectual: Essays in honour of Professor Desmond Ball, (ISEAS, December 2012)

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