Warren Reed was an Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee scholar in the Law Faculty of Tokyo University in the 1970s. He later spent ten years in intelligence and was also chief operating officer of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
Following two years’ national service in the Australian Army, Warren Reed studied at the University of Tasmania, graduating in political science and winning the university’s prize in international relations. Later, as an Australia-Japan Business Co-operation Committee Scholar, he carried out research on Japan’s relations with China and the rest of Asia in the Law Faculty of Tokyo University. He then worked for an Australian resources company in Japan, before being recruited into the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS).
After training with MI6 in London, he served as an intelligence officer for ten years in Asia and the Middle East. Later, he worked as a consultant to Australian firms operating in Asia, published a number of books on the region and also worked for three years as chief operating officer of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
More recently, he has been occupied in writing, lecturing and commenting in the media on intelligence and security matters, as well as on the emergence of China and India as global players.
A Sydney resident, he is also an adjunct professor in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.