Dr Milton Osborne is a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute. He has been associated with Southeast Asia for more than fifty years since being posted to the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh in 1959. He has held academic positions in Australia, the UK, US and Singapore. He was a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees in relation to the Cambodian refugee problem, and served as Head of the Asia Branch of the Office of National Assessments.
Since 1993 he has been an independent writer and consultant on Asian issues, based in Sydney, and has also been an adjunct professor and visiting fellow in the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra. He is the author of ten books on the history and politics of Southeast Asia.