Anthony Milner

Emeritus Prof Anthony Milner

Co-Chair AusCSCAP, Professor Emeritus


BA (Monash), MA, PhD (Cornell), FASSA Emeritus Professor, School of Culture, History & Language ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

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Anthony Milner

Co-Chair, AusCSCAP

Tony Milner is an historian specializing on Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia and Indonesia, and on regional relations. After having been a member of the Department Of History in the Faculty of Arts at ANU, and the Director of the Academy of the Social Sciences project on ‘Australian-Asian Perceptions’, he also became increasingly involved in research and Track II activity related to Australian engagement in the Asian region. He was Dean of Asian Studies 1996-2005, and has held visiting appointments at The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the National University of Singapore, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto University, Humboldt University, the National University of Malaysia, the University of Malaya and the Institute for Strategic and Intermational Studies (Malaysia).

Career highlights

Director, Australia-Asia Perceptions Project of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (1991-1994); Basham Professor of Asian History, ANU (1994-2013); Dean of Asian Studies (1996-2005); Research Chair, Australian Institute of International Affairs (1986-1992); Panel Member, Australian Research Council (1993-1997); Member of the Commonwealth Government’s Foreign Affairs Council (1998-); Member of the Council of the ANU (2000-2002); Co-Convenor, ‘Asialink Conversations’ (2001-); Co-Chair of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (2002-); Member of the Executive Committee of the Australia Thailand Institute (2005-2008); Member of the Executive Committee of the Australia Malaysia Institute (2005-); Member of the Board of Asialink (2006-); Member of the Board of the AustralAsia Centre of The Asia Society (2008-2012); Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne (2008-); Tun Hussein Onn Chair, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia (2014-2015); Visiting Professor, University of Malaya (2016-).

Areas of expertise

Asian History
Historical Studies
Studies Of Asian Society
International Relations
Defence Studies
Political Theory And Political Philosophy
Asian Cultural Studies
Race And Ethnic Relations

Research interests

Tony Milner’s research has focussed, first, on the history of ideas and political culture in the ‘Malay World’ – and he has been particularly interested in the ways in which the historian can draw upon other disciplines (such as Anthropology and Literary Criticism) in researching such topics. Secondly, he has been concerned to analyse the role of values and cultural perceptions in Asian regional relations

25th ASEAN Regional Forum Retreat in August 2018. Singapore (Photo: US Department of State/Flickr)

ASEAN Regional Forum: less might be more


The Hon. Julie Bishop at the CSCAP meeting in Perth in November 2018.

Australian ambitions – regional reactions

As America becomes relatively weaker and more ambivalent about the value of allies, it makes sense for Australia to work hard on its other regional partnerships.

Australian member committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (Aus-CSCAP)

The Australian Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (Aus-CSCAP) was established by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) at the Australian National Univer

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