Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais

Adjunct Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Bogais


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Professor Bogais is a political sociologist, a specialist in foreign affairs and a strategic adviser, with over three decades’ experience both as an academic and a practitioner, often working in complex environments. During this time, he has had a considerable on-the-ground involvement in Southeast Asia and West Pacific in international missions, peacebuilding initiatives, analysis and reporting, and mediation and conflict resolution negotiations – including complex frontline situations.

He supervises systematic reviews, and advises officials, diplomats, negotiators and strategists on methodologies in areas of conflict analysis, mediation, ethics and protocols in humanitarian intervention, and program development and evaluation in complex environments.

Professor Bogais teaches in various masters degrees, including Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation and Masters of Development Studies in Australia and overseas. He also delivers short courses in areas of security and development, peacebuilding, conflict, ethnoculturalism and ethnonationalism, and media – with a focus on East Asia and West Pacific. He is a research supervisor and mentors postdocs.

He was awarded a master in intercultural psychology in 1978, and a PhD in sociology in 1984, both from Paris-Sorbonne.

Personal website:


Professor Bogais’ current UN-supported research in knowledge utilisation lies at the intersection of 'development, security and conflict' with a focus on ethnocultural and ethnonational dissensions leading to conflict. It investigates the impact of anxiety and uncertainty on the cognitive mechanisms behind diversity effects on social identity. He explores the extent of this impact on how individuals perceive conflicts with members of other groups and its effect on the maintenance of social cohesion, as adverse perception is a key-determinant of change leading to instability and/or conflict. The expected outcome of this research is a review of ethics and protocols – including “duty of care protocols” - in peacebuilding, mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution, and humanitarian interventions. The research is relevant to the disciplines of political sociology, intercultural psychology, development studies, peacebuilding and conflict resolution.


Professor Bogais is a Senior Associate and Adviser (non-resident) with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington DC, U.S.

Other international appointments include:

  • Expert (Non-resident): Middle East Institute - Middle East/Asia Project, Washington DC, U.S.
  • Visiting Fellow: Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Dévelopment - Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • Visiting Fellow: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) - WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin

Appointments at the University of Sydney:

Current member of the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

Coordinator & lecturer: “Dynamics of Human Rights Violations” – HRDT6903 – Master of Human Rights


N.B. In over three decades as a senior analyst, foreign correspondent, strategic adviser, and academic, Professor Bogais has produced a considerable number of analysis, background reports, articles and broadcast material covering social, political, cultural and environmental issues – international with an emphasis on Southeast Asia and West Pacific. He has reviewed many policy documents and contributed in the drafting of strategic material for negotiations at international levels. (Bilingual: English and French.) More information on request.

Recent events: 2014-2015

Invited discussion/review: WZB Berlin Social Science Centre, Berlin, Germany
"Review of autocratic regimes: The Philippines under Ferdinand Marcos" - May 2015

Invited presentation/teaching: Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Dévelopement - Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva - May 2015

Invited moderator & panel member: Q2 International Symposium on International Security. Invited expert to moderate the session: 'Diplomacy: Spacio-temporal, Multilateral and Adaptative', and join on the panel for the closing roundtable. Organised by the Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney - March 2015

Invited presentation: World Universities Network - International Indigenous Research Network roundtable. “Putting out the fire - A perspective on intercultural relations” - February 2015

Invited presentation: ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting.Bagan, Myanmar. “Background report”. November 2014

Invited seminar & meetings: WZB – Berlin Social Science Centre (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung - WZB), Germany - "Socio-economic disruptions and inequality behind ethnocultural conflicts in Southeast Asia". September 2014

Invited presentation. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, Australia.“Cambodia: the myth behind development”. May 2014

Invited presentation. 24th ASEAN Summit, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. “Background report: ethnocultural situation analysis”. May 2014

Commentary/Interview: ‘Sky News' –
"Japan's 2015 White Paper on defence. An analysis of the domestic and international ramifications of this significant strategic document” – Analysis - July 2015.

Interview /discussion (broadcast): France Info - en direct du monde
(translated) “A view of the world: can radicalisation develop inside refugee camps across southeast Asia?" - 30 June 2015.

Interview (print): Straits Times, Singapore
“Abbott to ink strategic agreement with Singapore" Straits Times' Jonathan Pearlman asked Jonathan Bogais to comment on Prime Minister Abbott visit to Singapore - 23 June 2015.

Interview (print): Deutsche Welle, Germany
“Bribery allegations cast a shadow on Australia’s relationship with Indonesia”
Deutsche Welle’s Jack Fisher asked Dr Jonathan Bogais to comment on the impact of the allegation that Australian officials bribed people-smugglers on the relationship between Indonesia and Australia. Interview with Deutsche Welle - Thursday, 18 June 2015.

Interview (print): Nikkei Asian Review, Japan
“Australia refugees controversy” Nikkei Asian Review asked Dr Jonathan Bogais to comment on how the allegation that Australian officials bribed people-smugglers might damage Australia’s reputation in the region. Interview with Nikkei Asian Review- Wednesday, 17 June 2015.

Interview (live news broadcast): CBNC Asia & U.S.
"Why Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to China matters" Jonathan Bogais, adjunct associate professor at University of Sydney, discusses the significance of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's meeting with Chinese leaders. Interview with CNBC - Thursday, 11 June 2015 9:47 AM ET. Source:

Interview (news broadcast): CHINESE TV Phoenix Satellite Television
"Historical visit of Aung San Suu Kyi to China" Chinese TV asked Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais to comment on Aung San Suu Kyi first visit to Chine.
Interview with Chinese TV - Thursday, 11 June 2015 8:00 PM ET. Source: Chinese TV.

Article: Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington DC, U.S.
“Beyond the Critical Juncture: Myanmar’s 2015 Elections in Focus" - April 2015

Interview/discussion (print): International Business Times’ (New York)
Interview about trade and corruption in Myanmar -10 February 2015

Book review: ‘Asian Currents’ – Journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australasia’ – February 2015 –
[“|Portrait of a pragmatist”] Review of Hun Sen’s Cambodia, by Sebastian Strangio. Yale University Press, 2014. 322pp.

Article: ‘Asian Currents’ – Journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australasia
“Religious apartheid in Myanmar” - December 2014.

TV broadcast: '2014 Festival of Democracy' organised by the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney
"Cambodia: Rampant Corruption - State Endorsed" - 10 October 2014.

Essay: “Middle East Institute – Middle East – Asia Project’, Washington DC, U.S.
“Democracy without social cohesion cannot exist – The Myanmar challenge” – Essay – June 2014.

Commentary/Interview: ‘Sky News' –
"The Philippines - United States relationship: What does it means for the Asia/Pacific region?” – Analysis - June 2014.

Article: ‘Asian Currents’ – Journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australasia
"Greed the unseen peril on Myanmar's road to Democracy” – Analysis - June 2014.

Article: ‘Asian Currents' – Journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australasia
“Cambodians continue to struggle in an inequitable society” – Analysis - April 2014.

Article: ‘The Conversation’
“Asia-Pacific focus will revitalise US hegemony, but at what price?” - (Analysis) - 4 April 2014.

Interview (live news broadcast) ‘ABC News 24 – Afternoon Live”
“ABC's Kim Landers asks Jonathan Bogais to comment live on the discussion between Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her Cambodian counterpart about sending asylum-seekers to Cambodia - 24 February 2014.

Article: 'The Conversation’
“Engaging in Myanmar: Whose interest are we serving?” - Analysis - 6 January 2014.

Article: 'The Conversation’
“US Military-led Humanitarian Intervention in the Philippines: A Message to China.” (Analysis. ‘Best read’ analysis for one week.) - Reproduced by SBS World News Australia online - 15 November 2013.

Article: 'The Conversation’
“Want a better world? You can’t look at GMOs in isolation.” Analysis - 14 October 2013.

Interview: SBS World News Australia
Topic: “Sweden has become the first European Union country to announce it will give asylum to all Syrian refugees who apply” - 6 September 2013

Interview (background report): SBS World News Australia
Topic: “Myanmar/Burma: This financial year Australia will give $82.8 million to Myanmar in aid. But is the money really helping lift people out of poverty?” - 22 August 2013

Interview (background report): SBS World News Australia
Topic: “Who are the Rohingya people?" - 29 May 2013

Social documentaries (Special personal research projects)

ITV production for National Geographic – 2006 – “Sahul – First across the ocean” – Position: consulting producer & co-director

Co-production – 2008 – “Solo, The Andrew McAuley Story” – Winner of the 2009 AFI (Australian Film Institute) Award for best documentary under 1-hour. Position: Consulting producer


La Coutume - Règles non-écrites qui régissent l’équilibre social des Kanaks. Éditions Gallimart – 1998

Chicka’s Story – The story of the late Aboriginal activist and leader, Charles “Chicka” Dixon Story. To be released mid-2016