Daniel Baldino

Dr Daniel Baldino

Senior Lecturer. Discipline Head of The Politics and International Relations program.
Post-graduate coordinator.

Email: daniel.baldino@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0127

Dr Daniel Baldino is a political scientist specialising in Australian foreign, defence and security policy including counter-terrorism, intelligence studies and government and politics of the Indo-Pacific at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle.

In 2000, he was a Research Associate at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. In 2009 he was a visiting scholar within the Security and Governance Program, East-West Center, Hawaii, USA. In 2015, he was a visiting scholar at The Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies, University of Carleton, Ottawa.

He has also provided education and professional development programs at the University of Fiji.

He has produced numerous books and articles. His edited book (with Langlois, A and Carr, A) Controversies in Australian Foreign Policy: the core debates, published by Oxford University Press, was the winner of the Australian Institute of International Affairs' inaugural publication grant.

He is currently the Western Australian chapter convener for Australian Institute for Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO).
Teaching Areas
Australian Foreign Policy
Terrorism and Intelligence
Strategy and Diplomacy
International Relations
Critical Security Studies
Research Expertise and Supervision
  • Australian foreign, defence and security policy
  • Intelligence, Policing, Surveillance and Spycraft
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • The Indo-Pacific region
  • Technology and security


Research and engagement

  • Baldino, D and Brennan, M, 2016, 1915: Australians at War and On the Home Front, Australian Army History Museum – upcoming.
  • Baldino, D, Langlois, A and Carr, A, 2014 Controversies in Australian Foreign Policy: the core debates, Oxford University Press.
  • Baldino, D (ed.), 2013 Spooked: the truth about intelligence in Australia, UNSWPress.
  • Baldino, D, Lundberg, D, Pietsch, J and Rees, J, 2011 Contemporary Challenges to Australian Security, Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Baldino, D (ed.), 2009 Democratic Oversight of Intelligence and its Challenges, Federation Press, Melbourne.
Book Chapters
  • Baldino, D and Barnes, J, 2016, ‘Foreign Policy: Old problems, new alliances and the retreat of soft power’, in Aulich, C (ed.), From Abbott to Turnbull Government: a new direction?, Echo Books, Canberra.
  • Baldino, D, 2015, 'An intelligence perspective' in Lesson, R (ed.), Hayek: a collaborative biography, Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Baldino, D, 2008 'The National Interest in a Global Era' in Aulich, C and Wettenhall, R (eds.), Howard's Fourth Term, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.
  • Baldino, D, 2006 'Australia and the World' in Aulich, C and Wettenhall, R (eds.), Howard's Second and Third Governments, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.
Journal Articles and Proceedings
  • Baldino, D, and McCarthy-Jones, A, 2016, ‘Mexican Drug Cartels and their Australian Connections: Tracking and Disrupting Dark Networks’, The Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, Vol.24, no.1.
  • Baldino, D, 2016, ‘An exercise in management: defence engagement in the Indo-Pacific’, Security Challenges Journal, special edition, Vol.12, no.1.
  • Baldino, D and Carr, A, 2016, ‘Defence diplomacy and the ADF: smokescreen or strategy?’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol.70, no.2.
  • Baldino, D and Carr, A, 2015, 'An Indo-Pacific norm entrepreneur? Australia and defence diplomacy', Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, Vol.11, no.1.
  • Baldino, D and Gould, J, 2014 'Iran and the Emergence of Information Communication Technology: The Evolution of Revolution?', Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 68, no.1.
  • Baldino, D and Drum, M, 2012 'Community-based policing as an alternative to 'stop and search'?, Public Policy, Vol. 7, no.2.
  • Baldino, D and Drum, M, 2012 'Extended 'Stop and Search' Powers in Australia: A challenge for relations between police officers and citizens', GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences Vol. 2, no. 1.
  • Baldino, D, Drum, M and Wyatt, B, 2010 'The Privatization of Prisoner Transfer Services in Western Australia. What can we learn from the Ward case?', Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 69, Issue 4, December.
Conference Papers
  • Baldino, D and M, Situmorarg, 2014, 'People smuggling and Australian Security: an Indonesia perspective', Public Policy Network Conference, The University of Canberra, January.
  • Baldino, D, 2010 'The Rudd government and national security: continuity or change in the war on terror?', The Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS), The University of Auckland, New Zealand, July.
  • Baldino, D, 2010 'Accountability and Control: The Politics of Security Privatisation', Australian Political Studies Association, The University of Melbourne, September.
  • Baldino, D, 2007 'Good Instincts or Poor Judgment? Australia's counter-terrorism response after 9-11', Australasian Political Science Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, September.
  • Baldino, D, 2006 'The Politics of Alliance Management – the future of ANZUS', 57th British Political Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Reading, UK, April 5
  • Baldino, D, 2005 'The Rehabilitation of Natural Law: Needless Metaphysics or Serving the Common Good?' in International Journal of the Humanities, vol.2, no.2.
  • Baldino, D, 2003 'Democracy assistance and the Clinton administration's strategy of selective opportunism', Australasian Political Science Conference, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, September-October.
Selected In the Media
  • Baldino, D (with Carr, A), The 2016 white paper must get it right on defence diplomacy, February 2016.
  • Baldino, D, ‘The security benefits of warrantless surveillance are as clear as mud’, October 2015.
  • Baldino, D, 2014, 'First rule of fighting terrorists: don't do their job for them' in The Conversation, 2014: A year in the life of Australia, Future Leaders Press.
  • Baldino, D, 'Calm Down, Australian spy agencies are just doing their job' in The Conservation, November, 2013.
  • Baldino, D, 'NSA leaks raise questions about spying priorities', The Lowy Interpreter, November, 2013.
  • Baldino, D, 'Anonymous and National Security', The Strategist, November, 2013.
  • Baldino, D, 'FactCheck: are Interpol red notices often wrong?' in The Conversation, July, 2013.
  • Baldino, D, 'Not so smart: the Coalition intelligence review repeats old mistakes', in The Conversation, June, 2013.
  • Baldino, D, 'Is Australia at risk from Green Terrorists?', in The Conversation, April, 2012.
  • Baldino, D, 'The politics of fear: Why haven't counter-terrorism laws changed?', in The Conversation, April, 2012.
  • Baldino, D, 'The strategic friendship: Australia caught in the middle of Obama's ambitions' in The Conversation, November, 2011.
  • Baldino, D, 'Cloak and Dollar: How much do security agencies really need?', in The Conversation, November, 2011.
Professional Affiliations
Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), WA Regional Representative (2014- present)
Member, American Political Science Association (2006 - present)
Member, Australasian Political Studies Association (2002 – present)
  • Baldino, D, 2014, 'Whither the Australia-US Alliance?', Interview in Policy, vol. 30, no. 1.
  • Baldino, D, 2014, 'Book review: New engagement: contemporary Australian foreign policy towards Africa', Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, Vol.9, no.3.
  • Baldino, D, 2012 'Book Review: US-India Strategic Relations', Journal of South Asian Development, Vol.7, no. 1.
  • Baldino, D, 2012, 'Australia a Key Component of US Asia-Pacific Posture', Future Directions Strategic Analysis Paper, April.
  • Baldino, D, 2006 'Problems of Order, Security and Identity in an Era of International Terrorism' in Hawke Working Paper Series, no. 34, The Hawke Institute of Sustainable Societies.
  • Baldino, D, 2004. Ph.D.: From Containment to Enlargement – The impact of the expansion of democracy on US grand strategy and international security under the Clinton administration.