BA (Hons) (UTAS)
Wayne McLean is a PhD Candidate with the National Security College at the Australian National University and was previously an Associate Lecturer in International Relations with the University of Tasmania.
Wayne's research focuses on the foreign policy of middle powers with a focus on Turkey, Central Asia and Australia. Follow him on Twitter @mcleaway, visit http://www.waynemclean.com/ or find him on Researchgate and Academia.
Wayne's’ PhD dissertation focuses on understanding the divergence between public discourse and foreign policy practice in middle powers. It's about middle power behaviour and the relationship between certain states' systemic positions, regional concerns and how those external pressures are expressed within their domestic polity. This is achieved via a neoclassical realist framework.
The framwork provides a rigid platform for exploring behaviour in states that has been poorly explained in the literature. This deficit has resulted in an excess of constructivist literature that fetishizes ideation and cultural factors as key variables in shaping state behaviour. Wayne states the opposite. The claim is that external pressures drive middle power behaviour. Furthermore, ideas and culture are simply tools exploited by elites within middle powers to achieve strategies that ensure state security. To demonstrate this, he explores the cases of Turkey, Mexico and Australia, all of whom share this pivotal position between power and ideas.
- Neoclassical Realism and Australian Foreign Policy: Understanding How Security Elites Frame Domestic Discourses’, Global Change, Peace & Security, 28 (1) 2016, 1-15
- ‘Nuclear Deterrence, Missile Systems and the Security of Turkey in the “New” Middle East’, Insight Turkey, 17 (3), 141-162
- ‘Understanding Divergence between Public Discourse and Turkish Foreign Policy Practice: A Neoclassical Realist Analysis, Turkish Studies, 16 (4) 2015, 449-464
- ‘Authoritarianism, Energy and Ideas in Central Asia: From Politics and Pipelines to Foreign Policy’ in Russia, Eurasia and the New Geopolitics of Energy: Confrontation and Consolidation, Matthew Sussex and Roger Kanet, eds.
- ‘Tasmanian political chronicles’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 61 (4), 658-664
- “Drones are cheap, soldiers are not: a cost-benefit analysis of war”, The Conversation,
- “What is the Hare-Clark System?”, The Conversation,
- “Tasmania election: a spiritless campaign may be a good thing”, The Conversation,
- “The debate over military technology: in defence of drones”, The Conversation,