Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Jack Butcher is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Adelaide. Jack is currently researching the emergence of strategic partnerships in Australia's Asia-Pacific engagement strategy from 2008-2023. His main research interests include Australian foreign and defence policy in the Asia-Pacific and the foreign and defence policies of China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and ASEAN member states. His other research interests include international relations (IR) theory, security studies, Global (non-western) approaches to IR, strategic cultures, regionalism, multilateralism, diplomacy, strategic partnerships, and alliance formation and persistence.
Jack holds a Master of International Security and a Bachelor of International Studies with minors in Asian and Chinese Studies from the University of Adelaide.
Jack's doctoral thesis focuses on how a complex interplay between power, interest and identity have influenced the emergence of strategic partnerships in Australia's engagement strategy with its Asia-Pacific neighbours. Adopting a pragmatist ethos that seeks to engage theory and policy practice, Jack's thesis makes use of process tracing methodologies through analysis of critical junctures at the regional and unit-levels (state) to explain how international structure and human agency have interacted to create change in Australia's engagement strategy with the Asia-Pacific from Federation until the present.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Research Assistant University of Adelaide
Language Competency Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak and understand spoken English Can read, write, speak and understand spoken Japanese Can read, write and speak Korean Can read, write and speak Spanish - Latin American Can read, write and speak
Date Institution name Country Title 2022 - 2025 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science 2020 - 2021 University of Adelaide Australia Master of International Security 2017 - 2018 Tsinghua University China Bachelor of International Studies (Academic Exchange) 2017 - 2017 Kim Hyong-jik University of Education Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Diploma in Korean 2016 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of International Studies, Minors in Asian and Chinese Studies
Date Title Institution name Country 2019 HSK Level 6 汉语水平考试六级 Hanban/Confucius Institute China 2018 Certificate IV in TESOL Teach International Australia
Year Citation 2023 Butcher, J. (2023). Grassroots Perceptions of Australia in China During Diplomatic Tensions: A Lens Through “We-Media” Framing. In Different Histories, Shared Futures (pp. 159-177). Springer Nature Singapore.
2023 Gao, M., Xie, B., O'Connor, J., & Butcher, J. (2023). Different Pasts: The Panda and the Kangaroo. In M. Gao, J. O'Connor, B. Xie, & J. Butcher (Eds.), Different Histories, Shared Futures: Dialogues on Australia-China (1st ed., pp. 1-14). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
Year Citation 2022 Butcher, J. (2022). The Kishida Doctrine: Building Japan’s Security for the Future. Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA). 2022 Butcher, J. (2022). The World Must Maintain Pacific Island Countries’ Collective Agency in International Affairs. Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA). 2022 Butcher, J. (2022). Confluence of the Two Seas: Shinzo Abe's strategic imagination inspired the creation of a new region. Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA). 2022 Butcher, J. (2022). Pelosi’s “symbolic” Taiwan visit leads to a precarious new normal for Indo-Pacific security. Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA). 2022 Butcher, J. (2022). Vietnam’s cautious approach to Quad reflects delicate strategic balance. Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA). 2022 Butcher, J. (2022). North Korea’s New Nuclear Doctrine Renders “Complete Denuclearisation” Improbable. Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA). 2020 Butcher, J. (2020). South Korea—Japan Diplomatic Freeze Problematic for US Alliance Network in East Asia. Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA).
Part-time Teaching Lecturer & Seminar Leader:
|Course Code||Course Title||Year|
|POLIS 7026||International Security||Semester 1 2023|
|POLIS 2140||Australia's Foreign Policy in the Indo-Pacific||Semester 1 2023|
Date Role Membership Country 2017 - ongoing Member Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) Australia
Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country 2023 - 2023 The Great Decoupling: A New Global (Dis)order? Symposium The University of South Australia & The University of Sydney Australia 2022 - 2022 12th Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) Symposium Australia-China Youth Dialogue Australia 2021 - 2021 Different Histories Shared Futures: Can Australia and China learn anything from each other? Symposium The University of Adelaide Australia 2021 - ongoing US-Australia Alliance Next Generation Leaders Symposium Symposium University of Western Australia/University of Adelaide Australia
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Mainstream depictions of Australia in mainland China: A lens through “we-media” Different Histories, Shared Futures: Can Australia and China Learn Anything from Each Other? University of Adelaide Australia
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