Associated Research Fellow
Elliot Brennan is an associated research fellow with the Institute for Security and Development Policy. He is the Southeast Asia analyst for the Lowy Institute’s Interpreter (Australia), a contributor analyst at IHS Jane’s Intelligence, and a non-resident WSD-Handa fellow with CSIS’ Pacific Forum (USA). He is a contributor on the Asia-Pacific with The Diplomat.
In recent years, Elliot has led policy planning workshops with the German Foreign Office, led dialogues and roundtables in Asia, acted as advisor to the former prime minister of Somalia, lectured at Yangon University and Otago Foreign Policy School, and has been a panelist at conferences such as the German Marshal Fund’s India Trilateral Forum and SIPRI’s International Conference on Economics and Security.
Elliot is a regular commentator in international media, including in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Financial Times, Huffington Post, Sky News, China-US Focus, and The National Interest, amongst others. His policy briefs and commentary have been translated into Burmese, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and Vietnamese.
His areas of research include conflict analysis, crisis management and resource security in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific.
Publications by Elliot Brennan
Mental Illness: Myanmar’s Hidden Epidemic
Myanmar urgently needs to improve mental health care and achieving that objective will require a change of attitude by policy makers and the wider community. A report released last year […]
Mahathir: Uighurs “have done nothing wrong”
Horror stories have trickled out of China’s Xinjiang province for years. Now research points to a flood of human suffering and disturbing human rights abuses. Yet with threats of China’s economic retribution, […]
Out of the “Slipstream” of Power? Australian Grand Strategy and the South China Sea Disputes
The following Asia Paper examines the continuing debate in Canberra as to how to address changing regional dynamics in Australian foreign policy. It argues that the South China Sea (SCS) […]
Peace, Alliance, and Inclusivity: Ending Conflict in Myanmar
Min Zaw Oo and Elliot Brennan take a look at Myanmar's Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.
Financing War or Facilitating Peace? The Impact of Rebel Drug Trafficking on Peace Negotiations in Colombia and Myanmar
Rebel involvement in drug trafficking is broadly found to prolong and intensify civil wars. Being an illicit good with strong demand, high profit margins, limited barriers to entry, and few […]
Hydropower and Social Conflict in Vietnam: Lessons for Myanmar
Harnessing Myanmar’s hydropower, while essential for the country’s development, has significant potential to stir social unrest in ethnic states. Trang Do and Elliot Brennan argue that Vietnam’s experience in this […]
Much at stake for Turnbull and the region at East Asia Summit
The 10th East Asia Summit this weekend promises to be one of the most interesting bits of summitry in some time. This, the last stop on Malcolm Turnbull’s five-nation tour […]
Bangkok blast: A look at the main suspects
At 6.55pm yesterday in central Bangkok a bomb blast ripped through the heart of the city. The explosion — in Ratchaprasong near a Hindu Shrine, five-star hotels and busy shopping […]
China’s Strengthening Position on Rare Earths
For a time, there was a lull in the focus on rare earth elements (REEs) as a strategic resource. Investments by rare earth mining companies in the U.S. and Australia, […]
The Rohingya and Islamic Extremism: A Convenient Myth
The plight of Myanmar’s minority Muslim population, the Rohingya, has received widespread international attention, most notably in light of the ongoing refugee boat crisis. Within Myanmar itself, however, many actors […]