Dr Justin Hastings

AB, Princeton, MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Senior Lecturer

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Justin Hastings is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Comparative Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, where he is also affiliated with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the China Studies Centre, and Centre of International Security Studies. From 2008 to 2010, he was an Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he remains affiliated with the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy. He received an MA (2003) and PhD (2008) in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in public and international affairs from Princeton University in 2001.

Hastings' research is mostly focused on gray and black markets, rogue states, and the structure and behaviour of clandestine non-state actors, such as terrorists, maritime piracy, smugglers, organized criminals, insurgents, and nuclear weapons proliferators, primarily in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean. In the department, he teaches units and supervises research students on international security issues and Asian politics.

Research interests

Research Fields
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
Research Interests
  • Regional interests: Southeast Asia (especially Indonesia, Singapore), Northeast Asia (especially China, Taiwan, Korean Peninsula), East Africa
  • Theoretical interests: Political and economic geography, non-traditional security, globalisation
  • Substantive interests: Terrorism, smuggling, maritime piracy, insurgency, gray/black markets, nuclear weapons proliferation

Teaching and supervision

Current Courses
  • GOVT6314 - Terrorism and International Security
Past Courses

Current projects

Current Research Projects
  • "Uncovering the organizational dynamics of violent maritime groups" (with Victor Asal, Karl Rethemeyer, and Sarah Phillips) – supported by International Program Development Fund ($10,900), Australian Research Council Discover Project Scheme ($148,949)
  • "Technology and knowledge transfer in nuclear proliferation networks" (with Adam Stulberg) – supported by MacArthur Foundation International Security Program (US$200,000), Science Applications International Corporation (US$25,000)
  • "International commerce and dark networks in East Asia" – supported by Bridging Support Grant ($10,000), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Support Scheme ($7,500), China Studies Centre Research Development Grant ($22,206)
Invited Lectures and Seminars

Hastings, J 2014, “Threats from the Periphery: The Political Economy of Security in Southeast Asia’s Borderlands”, Centre of Excellence in National Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 12 February 2014.

Hastings, J 2013, “Security in ASEAN”, Imagining the ASEAN Community, University of Sydney, 11 October 2013.

Hastings, J 2012, "China and North Korea in the Kim Jong-un Era", China in the World/Lowy Institute China Forum, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 23 November 2012.

Hastings, J 2012, "Terrorists, Separatists, Pirates," 15th Freeman Symposium on Dynamic Asia, Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, 17 June 2012.

Hastings, J 2011, "Contemporary Maritime Piracy in Comparative Perspective: Pirate Organizations in the Horn of Africa and Southeast Asia," Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1 December 2011.

Hastings, J 2011, "The Public Policy Implications of Maritime Piracy and Smuggling in Indonesia," Institute of Research and Community Services/UKIAJ School of Law, Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya, Jakarta, Indonesia, 22 July 2011.

Hastings, J 2010, Subject matter expert on Jemaah Islamiyah," Institute For Analysis 2010 Forum, University of Maryland-University College, Adelphi, MD, 22-23 September 2010.

Hastings, J 2010, "Security Issues and Economic Activities in Indonesia?s Border Areas," LPEM-ANU Joint Seminar Series (Kelompok Diskusi Sore Hari), Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 July 2010.

Hastings, J 2010, "Threats from the Periphery: The Challenge of Terrorists, Smugglers, and Pirates in Southeast Asia?s Border Regions," Asia Policy Assembly, National Bureau of Asian Research, Washington, DC, 17 June 2010.

Hastings, J 2010, "Charting the Course of Uyghur Unrest in China and Central Asia," Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia, 7 January 2010.

Hastings, J 2009, "The Political Geography of the AQ Khan Network and Implications for the Non-Proliferation Regime," Public Policy and Nuclear Threats 2009 Winter Conference, Washington, DC, 20 February 2009.

Hastings, J 2007, "Thinking about Territory, Ideas, and the Transnational Activities of Clandestine Organizations," Confronting Terrorist Organizations Conference, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, 5 May 2007.

Hastings, J 2006, "Blowing Things Up: Globalization and the Political Geography of Insurgents, Pirates, and Terrorists in Southeast Asia," International Security and Social Science Seminar, CISAC, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 7 December 2006.

Hastings, J 2006, "Geography and Clandestine Transnational Networks in Southeast Asia," Security Intelligence Division, Ministry of Defence, Singapore, 27 January 2006; Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore, 1 February 2006.

Hastings, J 2006, "North Korea and Cognitive Reform of the Non-Proliferation Treaty," Public Policy and Nuclear Threats 2006 Winter Conference, Santa Monica, CA, 3 February 2006

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • The World's Most Enterprising Country: North Korea's Survival in the Global Economy; Hastings J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2013

  • Technology and Knowledge Transfer in Nuclear Proliferation Networks: Towards an Integrative Framework; Stulberg A, Hastings J; John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation (USA)/International Programs.
  • Uncovering the organisational dynamics of pirates and maritime terrorists; Hastings J, Phillips S, Asal V, Rethemeyer R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2012

  • Creating A Multi-Methodological Agenda for Studying the Organisational Characteristics of Pirate Syndicates; Hastings J, Phillips S, Asal V, LaFree G; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
  • Bridging Support Grant 2012; Hastings J; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Hastings, J. (2011). No Mans Land: Globalization, Territory, and Clandestine Groups in Southeast Asia. New York, USA: Cornell University Press.
  • Hastings, J. (2010). No Mans Land: Globalization, Territory, and Clandestine Groups in Southeast Asia. United States: Cornell University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Hastings, J. (2014). Strategic Hypocrisy: Sovereignty, Legitimacy, and Commerce in Archipelagic Southeast Asia. In Kate Xiao Zhou, Shelley Rigger, Lynn T. White III (Eds.), Democratization in China, Korea and Southeast Asia?: Local and National Perspectives (Politics in Asia), (pp. 51-65). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Hastings, J. (2013). Consequences of the Nuclear Renaissance for Nonstate Nuclear Trafficking. In Adam N. Stulberg, Matthew Fuhrmann (Eds.), The Nuclear Renaissance and International Security, (pp. 223-249). Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.
  • Hastings, J. (2013). Maritime Security in East and South-East Asia. In Andrew T. H. Tan (Eds.), East and South-East Asia: International Relations and Security Perspectives, (pp. 246-254). London: Routledge.
  • Hastings, J. (2013). The Ambiguous Political Economy of Terrorism in Southeast Asia's Borderlands. In M. Wills and R.M Hathaway (Eds.), New Security Challenges in Asia, (pp. 198-223). USA: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Hastings, J. (2008). Corruption's Corrosive Effect on Counterin-surgency: The Free Aceh Movement in Southeast Asia. In Michaelene Cox (Eds.), State of Corruption, State of Chaos: The Terror of Political Malfeasance, (pp. 129-142). United States: Lexington Books.

Journals

  • Hastings, J. (2014). The Economic Geography of North Korean Drug Trafficking Networks. Review of International Political Economy, forthcoming, published online first, February 2014. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J., Asal, V. (2014). When Terrorism Goes to Sea: Terrorist Organizations and the Move to Maritime Targets. Terrorism and Political Violence, forthcoming. [More Information]
  • Griffin, P., Hastings, J., Park, S. (2013). Asia Pacific Going Forward: A View from OCIS V. Global Change, Peace and Security, 25(1), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J., Chan, R. (2013). Target Hardening and Terrorist Signaling: The Case of Aviation Security. Terrorism and Political Violence, 25(5), 777-797. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2012). The Geography of Nuclear Proliferation Networks: The Case of A.Q. Khan. The Nonproliferation Review, 19(3), 429-450. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2012). Understanding Maritime Piracy Syndicate Operations. Security Studies (Quarterly), 21(4), 683-721. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2011). Charting the Course of Uyghur Unrest. China Quarterly, 208, 893-912. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2011). The Fractured Geopolitics of the United States in the Indian Ocean Region. Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 7(2), 183-199. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2009). Geographies of state failure and sophistication in maritime piracy hijackings. Political Geography, 28(4), 213-223. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2009). Illicit Flows in the Hong Kong-China-Taiwan Triangle. Issues and Studies: an international quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian affairs, 45(2), 185-220.
  • Hastings, J. (2008). Geography, Globalization, and Terrorism: The Plots of Jemaah Islamiyah. Security Studies (Quarterly), 17(3), 505-530. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2005). Perceiving a Single Chinese State: Escalation and Violence in Uighur Protests. Problems of Post-Communism, 52(1), 28-38.

Conferences

  • Hastings, J., Phillips, S. (2014). Maritime Piracy Business Networks and Local Governance in Africa and the Middle East. International Studies Association Conference 2014, USA: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J., Stulberg, A. (2014). Non-traditional Actors and Strategic Stability in South Asia. International Studies Association Conference 2014, USA: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2013). Coming to Blows: Symbolic Power and Legislative Brawls in Taiwan. Chinese Symbolic Power in Comparative Perspective Workshop, Sydney: University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Hastings, J., Asal, V. (2013). Pirates and Terrorists. International Studies Association Conference 2013, San Francisco: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2013). The Economic Geography of North Korean Drug Trafficking Networks. International Studies Association Conference 2013, San Francisco: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2012). Globalization, Ma Ying-jeou, and the Future of Transnational Criminal Networks. Cross-Strait Relations in the Age of Globalization: Globalization-Security Linkages, London, UK: Centre for Taiwan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.
  • Hastings, J. (2012). Security, Transnational Commerce, and State Power in Archipelagic Southeast Asia. Democracy in China and Southeast Asia? Local and National Perspectives, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
  • Hastings, J. (2012). Terrorist Organizations and the Move to Maritime Targets. International Studies Association Conference 2012, San Diego: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2012). Tortuga Disease: The Perverse Economic Impacts of Maritime Piracy. International Studies Association Conference 2012, San Diego: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2011). Consequences of the Nuclear Renaissance for Non-state Proliferation. International Studies Association 2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2011). Exploiting Structural Weaknesses in Pirate Organizations. International Studies Association 2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2011). Target Hardening and Terrorist Signaling: The Case of Aviation Security. International Security Studies Section/International Security and Arms Control 2011 Annual Meeting, Irvine, CA: International Security and Arms Control 2011 Annual Meeting.
  • Hastings, J. (2010). Contextual Factors and Trends in Sophisticated Maritime Pirate Attacks. 51st International Studies Association Annual Convention ISA 2010, United States: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2010). Cross-Strait Rapprochement and the Future of Illicit Networks. Annual Taiwan Issues Conference 2010, United States: University of South Carolina.
  • Hastings, J., Stulberg, A. (2010). Technology and Knowledge Transfer in Nuclear Proliferation Networks. 51st International Studies Association Annual Convention ISA 2010, United States: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2009). The AQ Khan Network: A Reappraisal. International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference ISSS/ISAC 2009, United States: International Studies Association (ISA)/American Political Science Association (APSA).
  • Hastings, J. (2009). The Political Geography of the AQ Khan Network and Implications for the Non-Proliferation Regime. 105th American Political Science Association Annual Meeting APSA 2009, United States: American Political Science Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2008). State Capacity and Sophistication in Piratical Hijackings. International Studies Association (ISA) West Regional Conference 2008, United States: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2007). Smuggling Flows and the Political Geography of the Hong Kong-China-Taiwan Triangle. 103rd American Political Science Association Annual Meeting APSA 2007, United States: American Political Science Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2006). Globalization, Geography and Clandestine Trans-national Networks: Using Jemaah Islamiyah to Understand Nuclear Proliferation Networks. 102nd American Political Science Association Annual Meeting APSA 2006, United States: American Political Science Association.

2014

  • Hastings, J., Phillips, S. (2014). Maritime Piracy Business Networks and Local Governance in Africa and the Middle East. International Studies Association Conference 2014, USA: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J., Stulberg, A. (2014). Non-traditional Actors and Strategic Stability in South Asia. International Studies Association Conference 2014, USA: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2014). Strategic Hypocrisy: Sovereignty, Legitimacy, and Commerce in Archipelagic Southeast Asia. In Kate Xiao Zhou, Shelley Rigger, Lynn T. White III (Eds.), Democratization in China, Korea and Southeast Asia?: Local and National Perspectives (Politics in Asia), (pp. 51-65). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Hastings, J. (2014). The Economic Geography of North Korean Drug Trafficking Networks. Review of International Political Economy, forthcoming, published online first, February 2014. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J., Asal, V. (2014). When Terrorism Goes to Sea: Terrorist Organizations and the Move to Maritime Targets. Terrorism and Political Violence, forthcoming. [More Information]

2013

  • Griffin, P., Hastings, J., Park, S. (2013). Asia Pacific Going Forward: A View from OCIS V. Global Change, Peace and Security, 25(1), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2013). Coming to Blows: Symbolic Power and Legislative Brawls in Taiwan. Chinese Symbolic Power in Comparative Perspective Workshop, Sydney: University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Hastings, J. (2013). Consequences of the Nuclear Renaissance for Nonstate Nuclear Trafficking. In Adam N. Stulberg, Matthew Fuhrmann (Eds.), The Nuclear Renaissance and International Security, (pp. 223-249). Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.
  • Hastings, J. (2013). Maritime Security in East and South-East Asia. In Andrew T. H. Tan (Eds.), East and South-East Asia: International Relations and Security Perspectives, (pp. 246-254). London: Routledge.
  • Hastings, J., Asal, V. (2013). Pirates and Terrorists. International Studies Association Conference 2013, San Francisco: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J., Chan, R. (2013). Target Hardening and Terrorist Signaling: The Case of Aviation Security. Terrorism and Political Violence, 25(5), 777-797. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2013). The Ambiguous Political Economy of Terrorism in Southeast Asia's Borderlands. In M. Wills and R.M Hathaway (Eds.), New Security Challenges in Asia, (pp. 198-223). USA: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Hastings, J. (2013). The Economic Geography of North Korean Drug Trafficking Networks. International Studies Association Conference 2013, San Francisco: International Studies Association.

2012

  • Hastings, J. (2012). Globalization, Ma Ying-jeou, and the Future of Transnational Criminal Networks. Cross-Strait Relations in the Age of Globalization: Globalization-Security Linkages, London, UK: Centre for Taiwan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.
  • Hastings, J. (2012). Security, Transnational Commerce, and State Power in Archipelagic Southeast Asia. Democracy in China and Southeast Asia? Local and National Perspectives, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
  • Hastings, J. (2012). Terrorist Organizations and the Move to Maritime Targets. International Studies Association Conference 2012, San Diego: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2012). The Geography of Nuclear Proliferation Networks: The Case of A.Q. Khan. The Nonproliferation Review, 19(3), 429-450. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2012). Tortuga Disease: The Perverse Economic Impacts of Maritime Piracy. International Studies Association Conference 2012, San Diego: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2012). Understanding Maritime Piracy Syndicate Operations. Security Studies (Quarterly), 21(4), 683-721. [More Information]

2011

  • Hastings, J. (2011). Charting the Course of Uyghur Unrest. China Quarterly, 208, 893-912. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2011). Consequences of the Nuclear Renaissance for Non-state Proliferation. International Studies Association 2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2011). Exploiting Structural Weaknesses in Pirate Organizations. International Studies Association 2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2011). No Mans Land: Globalization, Territory, and Clandestine Groups in Southeast Asia. New York, USA: Cornell University Press.
  • Hastings, J. (2011). Target Hardening and Terrorist Signaling: The Case of Aviation Security. International Security Studies Section/International Security and Arms Control 2011 Annual Meeting, Irvine, CA: International Security and Arms Control 2011 Annual Meeting.
  • Hastings, J. (2011). The Fractured Geopolitics of the United States in the Indian Ocean Region. Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 7(2), 183-199. [More Information]

2010

  • Hastings, J. (2010). Contextual Factors and Trends in Sophisticated Maritime Pirate Attacks. 51st International Studies Association Annual Convention ISA 2010, United States: International Studies Association.
  • Hastings, J. (2010). Cross-Strait Rapprochement and the Future of Illicit Networks. Annual Taiwan Issues Conference 2010, United States: University of South Carolina.
  • Hastings, J. (2010). No Mans Land: Globalization, Territory, and Clandestine Groups in Southeast Asia. United States: Cornell University Press.
  • Hastings, J., Stulberg, A. (2010). Technology and Knowledge Transfer in Nuclear Proliferation Networks. 51st International Studies Association Annual Convention ISA 2010, United States: International Studies Association.

2009

  • Hastings, J. (2009). Geographies of state failure and sophistication in maritime piracy hijackings. Political Geography, 28(4), 213-223. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2009). Illicit Flows in the Hong Kong-China-Taiwan Triangle. Issues and Studies: an international quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian affairs, 45(2), 185-220.
  • Hastings, J. (2009). The AQ Khan Network: A Reappraisal. International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference ISSS/ISAC 2009, United States: International Studies Association (ISA)/American Political Science Association (APSA).
  • Hastings, J. (2009). The Political Geography of the AQ Khan Network and Implications for the Non-Proliferation Regime. 105th American Political Science Association Annual Meeting APSA 2009, United States: American Political Science Association.

2008

  • Hastings, J. (2008). Corruption's Corrosive Effect on Counterin-surgency: The Free Aceh Movement in Southeast Asia. In Michaelene Cox (Eds.), State of Corruption, State of Chaos: The Terror of Political Malfeasance, (pp. 129-142). United States: Lexington Books.
  • Hastings, J. (2008). Geography, Globalization, and Terrorism: The Plots of Jemaah Islamiyah. Security Studies (Quarterly), 17(3), 505-530. [More Information]
  • Hastings, J. (2008). State Capacity and Sophistication in Piratical Hijackings. International Studies Association (ISA) West Regional Conference 2008, United States: International Studies Association.

2007

  • Hastings, J. (2007). Smuggling Flows and the Political Geography of the Hong Kong-China-Taiwan Triangle. 103rd American Political Science Association Annual Meeting APSA 2007, United States: American Political Science Association.

2006

  • Hastings, J. (2006). Globalization, Geography and Clandestine Trans-national Networks: Using Jemaah Islamiyah to Understand Nuclear Proliferation Networks. 102nd American Political Science Association Annual Meeting APSA 2006, United States: American Political Science Association.

2005

  • Hastings, J. (2005). Perceiving a Single Chinese State: Escalation and Violence in Uighur Protests. Problems of Post-Communism, 52(1), 28-38.

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