Ian Parmeter is a Research Scholar and PhD Candidate at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies.

Ian’s field of research is Russian policy towards the Middle East in the Putin era. He worked previously in the Office of National Assessments and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Before taking his current role at the Australian National University, Ian was Assistant Director-General at the then-Office of National Assessments (now Office of National Intelligence) with responsibility for Middle East analysis. In this role he travelled regularly to the Middle East and Washington for liaison with Australian intelligence partners.

Before that he was with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 25 years, and had diplomatic postings in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Russia (as Deputy Head of Mission) and Lebanon (as Ambassador).

Ian has written commentaries on current Middle East and Russian issues in Australian Outlook, the Lowy Interpreter, the Conversation and Melbourne Asia Review. He has given live interviews to ABC radio and television, SBS and commercial television networks.

Fields of expertise



Democracy Sausage: Israel, Gaza and the crisis in the Middle East

In light of the recent Israeli declaration of a 10 March deadline for the return of all hostages,…

21 February 2024


Israel-Palestinian conflict: is the two-state solution now dead?

The growing rift between the Biden administration and the Netanyahu government over Israel’s war in Gaza is now…

30 January 2024


As calls grow louder for a Gaza ceasefire, Netanyahu is providing few clues about his strategy or post-war plans

More than five weeks into Israel’s war with Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not outlined his future…

15 November 2023


Why did Hamas attack, and why now? What does it hope to gain?

In hindsight, the drivers of Hamas’s startlingly well-planned, land-sea-air attack on Israel on Saturday were in plain sight.…

10 October 2023

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