Greg Sheridan

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Greg Sheridan (born 1956) is a conservative Australian foreign affairs journalist and commentator. He has been the foreign editor of The Australian newspaper since 1992.

Early life[edit]

He grew up in Sydney, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, 1977.[1] He was also active in student politics, together with Tony Abbott and Peter Costello, a LLB, BEcon graduate of Monash University in Melbourne.

Career[edit]

Sheridan first worked at The Bulletin magazine in 1979. His reporting on the Vietnamese boat people, subsequent to the end of the Vietnam War, sparked a lifelong interest in Asian politics.

He joined The Australian in 1984 and worked in Beijing, Washington, and Canberra before starting his tenure as foreign editor in 1992. Writing on and from the Asian region since the 1980s, Sheridan specializes on Asian politics, and has written four books on the topic, plus a book on Australia-U.S. relationships.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute (University of Melbourne).

Commentary[edit]

Sheridan has been a staunch supporter of closer ties between Australia and its Southeast Asian neighbors, particularly Singapore and Indonesia. In journalist John Pilger's book Hidden Agendas, Sheridan was accused of being a "reliable ally" of the Suharto dictatorship while serving as the foreign editor of The Australian.[2] In particular, Pilger noted Sheridan's defense of Indonesia following the Clinton administration's critique of Suharto's human rights records, as well as the Australian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee following its confirmation of the Santa Cruz Massacre. Sheridan stated that "even genuine victims frequently concoct stories".[2] He was a vocal critic of Prime Minister John Howard's intervention in East Timor in 1999, and during 2006 called for the removal of Mari Alkatiri as Prime Minister of that country.

Sheridan is also a supporter of the Australian government's anti-terror legislation and argues the deportation from Australia of American leftist activist Scott Parkin was well founded.[3] He has also argued in support of the notion that George W. Bush will be judged one of the great presidents of the United States.[4] Consequently he argued in favor of the conservative candidate in the 2008 campaign, John McCain, and turned his disappointment on Barack Obama's victory into a denial of the "Noam Chomsky-John Pilger-Phillip Adams" view of the USA.[5]

In reference to the 2011 Egyptian protests, Sheridan wrote that "What is happening in Egypt and across Arab North Africa more generally represents a distinct new phase in the existential crisis of Arab civilisation."[6]

Personal life[edit]

Greg Sheridan lives in Sydney. He is married to Jasbir Kaur Sheridan, and has three sons.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Q&A: Greg Sheridan
  2. ^ a b John Pilger, Hidden Agendas. Random House, September 2, 2010
  3. ^ Greg Sheridan and John Kerin, "Deported activist was to teach tactics of violence", The Australian, 22 September 2005
  4. ^ Greg Sheridan, "A great president for these terrible times", The Australian, 14 September 2006
  5. ^ Greg Sheridan, "World waits to see Barack's true colours", The Australian, 8 November 2008
  6. ^ Greg Sheridan, "Arab awakening or dawn of dark age", The Australian, 3 February 2011
  7. ^ Sheridan, Greg (1999). Asian values, Western dreams: Understanding the new asia (blurb). Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Bibliography[edit]

  • (editor and co-author) Living with Dragons: Australia Confronts Its Asian Destiny (Allen & Unwin, 1995; ISBN 1-86373-880-0)
  • Tigers: Leaders of the New Asia-Pacific (Allen & Unwin, 1997; ISBN 1-86448-153-6)
  • Asian Values, Western Dreams: Understanding the New Asia (Allen & Unwin, 1999; ISBN 1-86448-496-9)
  • Cities of the Hot Zone: A Southeast Asian Adventure (Allen & Unwin, 2003; ISBN 1-74114-224-5)
  • The Partnership: The Inside Story of the US-Australian Alliance Under Howard and Bush (UNSW Press, 2006; ISBN 0-86840-922-7)

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