Carlyle Thayer is Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales Canberra and Director of Thayer Consultancy, a small business registered in Australia that provides assessments of current political, security, foreign policy and strategic developments in Southeast Asia, and other research support to selected clients.
Thayer was educated at Brown, holds an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies from Yale and a PhD in International Relations from The Australian National University. Thayer has more than fifty years of experience living in, traveling to, teaching, researching, writing and publishing about Southeast Asia. He has held academic appointments at The Royal Military College-Duntroon, Australian Defence Force Academy, Australian Command and Staff College, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Hawaii), and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College. He has held sabbatical research attachments with the Department of Political Science at Yale; Center for International Studies at Harvard, Institute of Security and International Studies Thailand, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Singapore, International Institute of Strategic Studies London, and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre Canberra. He was the C. V. Starr Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Frances M. and Stephen H. Fuller Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Center for International Studies, Ohio University.
Thayer has written over 500 academic publications. He is a regular commentator giving over 250 media interviews annually to the BBC, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Radio France International, Deutsche Welle, Radio Sputnik, Channel News Asia, Al Jazeera, Turkish Radio and Television, AFP, Bloomberg, DPA, Thompson Reuters, The New York Times and The Washington Post.