Line 21 Project Coordinator
Nicholas is a Phd candidate in International Communication at
Macquarie University, Sydney. His research explores the prospects
for Chinese public diplomacy through an analysis of China
Daily and People's Daily reportage of the
2008 Lhasa riots and Wenchuan earthquake in the critical period
leading up to the Beijing Olympic Games.
A former career officer of the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Nicholas has served as a diplomat in Shanghai, Beijing and the Fiji Islands, followed by secondment to Australia’s Parliament House as a departmental liaison officer to the Immigration Minister.
Nicholas holds masters degrees in Asian Studies and International Relations from the Australian National University and the University of Sydney respectively, and is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia. He has also studied Chinese at the Beijing International Studies University.
Nicholas' peer-reviewed research has appeared in The China Journal, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy and China: an International Journal. He writes occasionally for several publications, inlcuding the Jamestown Foundation's China Brief, The Diplomat, New Zealand Security Magazine, The Public Diplomat, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy's CPD Blog and DiploFoundation's Internet Governance channel.
His areas of research include propaganda and media in China, public diplomacy and soft power, nation branding and reputation, and interntional security and citizenship. Nicholas' twitter handle is @nxdynon.
Nicholas' insights have appeared in various international media publications (see selection below). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
China's silence after deadly blasts stokes citizens' fears, Kelly Olsen, Agence France-Presse (AFP), August 14, 2015.
Beijing uses Chinese New Year to push China's soft power, Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2015.
Chinese media keep to Beijing's script for quake reports, Neil Connor, Agence France-Presse (AFP), August 11, 2014
sees happy minorities and terrorists in Xinjiang
Kelly Olsen, Agence France-Presse (AFP), March 13, 2014
Eight police station 'attackers' shot dead in China's Xinjiang, Kelly Olsen, Agence France-Presse (AFP), December 30, 2013
Report: Militant group says Tiananmen attack in China was 'jihadi operation', Jethro Mullen, CNN, November 29, 2013
China crackdown 'will fuel Xinjiang unrest'
Felicia Sonmez, Agence France-Presse (AFP), November 1, 2013
Chinese police in crackdown on 'online jihad'
Natie Hunt and Feng Ke, CNN, October 9, 2013
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The Line 21 Project is interested in working with people who share an enthusiasm for Chinese propaganda and soft power. If you are interested in working with us, please get in touch with the coordinator.