Richard Tanter has worked on security and environmental issues as a teacher, researcher, policy analyst, and advocate in Australia, the United States, Japan, Korea and Indonesia since the 1970s. He is currently Senior Research Associate at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, and Professorial Fellow (Honorary) in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. At Melbourne University he teaches on nuclear weapons, and on East and Southeast Asian issues.
Richard has been researching a range of technical and strategic issues related to US and Australian intelligence and military facilities in Australia, including the 2012 study The “Joint Facilities” revisited – Desmond Ball, democratic debate on security, and the human interest, and he is currently completing a study of Pine Gap, North West Cape, and Geraldton, and other major facilities in Australia. With Desmond Ball, he is completing a major research study of Japanese electronic intelligence organization, part of which, The Tools of Owatatsumi: Japan’s Ocean Surveillance and Defence Capabilities, was recently published by ANU Press. In recent work at the Nautilus Institute he has been working mainly on questions of East Asian nuclear deterrence and the North East Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone proposal.
Richard is a frequent commentator on international affairs in newspapers, radio and television, quoted in the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Asahi Shimbun, Australian Financial Review, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Tempo, Jakarta Post, ABC, BBC, VOA, Al Jazeera, Straits Times and Pravda.