Contributors

DR. MOHAN MALIK is a strategic studies professor at the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates. A trained Sinologist with research interests in Chinese and Asian geopolitics and nuclear issues, he previously served as a professor of security studies at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Prior to that, he was director of the postgraduate Defense Studies Program at Deakin University in Australia. He earned his doctorate in international relations from the Australian National University. A lecturer and writer, his most recent books are China and India Great Power Rivals, Religious Radicalism and Security in South Asia, and Dragon on Terrorism: Assessing China’s Tactical Gains and Strategic Losses Post-September 11.   Featured on Page 18


ARATI SHROFF, a U.S. State Department foreign service officer, is an Una Chapman Cox fellow and a fellow at the East-West Center. She is researching the evolving state of Chinese investment in the United States in emerging high-tech industries. In collaboration with industry, academia and government, she will explore the implications of China’s ambitions in high-tech sectors that are expected to drive future global economic growth. In her most recent assignment at the U.S. Consulate Shanghai, she collaborated with senior policymakers to advance U.S. priorities related to China’s macroeconomic situation, financial sector and foreign investment climate. She has served in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asia and at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait.  Featured on Page 28


MAJ. GEN. JAKE ELLWOOD of the Australian Army became commander of 1st Division/Deployable Joint Force Headquarters in December 2018. He graduated from the Royal Military College-Duntroon in 1990 and entered the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He has commanded battlegroups in Iraq and Timor-Leste and served as the chief of operations in Afghanistan and in other staff roles. A highly decorated commander with several advanced degrees, he was promoted to major general in May 2018 and served as deputy chief of the Army until assuming his current position. In 2019, he became a member of the Order of Australia for his service as the chief of staff of Headquarters Forces Command and as director general of Career Management-Army.  Featured on Page 50


FIRST ADM. DATO ANUAR BIN HJ ALIAS joined the Royal Malaysian Navy in February 1981. During his 38 years of service, he has held several posts in Pasukan Khas Laut (PASKAL), the main special operations force for the Royal Malaysian Navy, including commanding officer and chief of staff at the Naval Special Forces headquarters. An episode of his career during a 1998 U.N. mission in Angola was adapted into PASKAL The Movie, which was released in September 2018 and became available on Netflix in March 2019. He spoke with FORUM on the sidelines of the Pacific Area Special Operations Conference in April 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Featured on Page 58