Professor Nick Bisley

North Korea and its Nuclear Ambitions

La Trobe University has established La Trobe Asia which is a strategic initiative of the University to strengthen and deepen its relationship with Asia. Staff and students will be encouraged to work and study in the region and the university will systematically integrate the study of Asian languages, societies and cultures across the undergraduate curriculum and to improve the contribution to public debate in and about Asia.

La Trobe Asia runs a series of public events with recent sessions including:

  • Japan’s role in a changing Asia
  • Previewing the upcoming Indian and Indonesian elections
  • Making Peace in South Asia

Forthcoming sessions will look at: North Korea; social trust in Asia; and Reproductive Tourism in Asia – legal and anthropological perspectives.


Nick Bisley is Executive Director – La Trobe Asia. His research and teaching expertise is in the international relations of the Asia-Pacific, globalisation and the diplomacy of great powers. Nick is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, the country’s oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations.

Nick is a director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies anda Visiting Fellow at the East West-Center in Washington DC.

He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including The Age, The Economist, and Voice of America.