Emeritus Professor Roberto Rabel is a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies. He has been affiliated to the Centre since retiring from his management role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement) at Victoria University of Wellington in 2016 after 10 years overseeing the University’s internationalisation strategies and activities. He holds a BA Honours degree in History and International Politics from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD in History from Duke University, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. From 1986 to 2006, Professor Rabel taught in the History Department and then held management roles at the University of Otago. His publications include an official history, New Zealand and the Vietnam War: Politics and Diplomacy (2005). He is National Vice-President of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Professor Rabel has previously chaired the Advisory Boards for the Centre for Strategic Studies and the Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America. He was a trustee of the Greater Mekong Subregion Tertiary Education Consortium and served as Establishment Director for the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. Professor Rabel holds a Gold Cross of Merit and a “Bene Merito” award for services to Poland abroad from the Polish Government as well as an award “For the Advancement of Vietnam’s Education Cause” from the Vietnamese Government.
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