Carl Ungerer

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Carl Ungerer is the head of the Leadership, Crisis and Conflict Management Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a former Senior Adviser to Australian Foreign Minister. He is based in Geneva, Switzerland.


Ungerer 'holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Queensland, an MA in Asian Studies from Griffith University and post-graduate diplomas in both education and foreign affairs and trade.'[1]

According to a biographical note:

Between 2012-13, he was the Senior Adviser to the Australian Foreign Minister, with responsibility for all aspects of international policy including responses to crises in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. Most recently, he was an Adjunct Associate Professor in International Relations at Bond University and a consultant specialising in foreign and security policy. His previous appointments include: Director of the National Security Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute; senior Strategic Analyst at Australia's peak intelligence assessment agency, the Office of National Assessments; and a career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Carl has published widely on foreign policy and national security issues, including edited books on The Politics of Nuclear Non-Proliferation (2001) and Australian Foreign Policy in the Age of Terror (2008). His academic research focuses on the intersection of foreign policy, national security and transnational threats. He has particular expertise on Asian security developments and has worked extensively across the region.[1]

On Critical Terrorism Studies

In this Alice in Wonderland world of peer-referenced journals read only by participants in this mutually reinforcing discourse, the focus of study is not Islamist ideology and its propensity to violence, but our own long-repressed responsibility for the cause of Islamist rage. Given the nature of preferment and funding in Australian academe, the imams of critical terror studies will continue to maintain this delusion for the foreseeable future. [2]



Twitter: @carl_ungerer


  1. 1.0 1.1 GCSP Sr Carl Ungerer. Accessed 4 June 12015.
  2. David Martin Jones and Carl Ungerer, 'Delusion reigns in terror studies', The Australian, 15 September 2006