Western Australian Gregory Copley, the author of The New Total War of the 21st Century and the Trigger of the Fear Pandemic, has served for almost five decades as an adviser on strategic issues to a number of national, military, and intelligence leaders around the world. In those capacities, he has been involved in the creation, training, and planning of several national intelligence organisations for governments around the world.
Copley, who was born in Perth in 1946, remains Editor-in-Chief of Defense & Foreign Affairs publications which he founded in the US in 1972, and Director of Intelligence at the Global Information System (GIS), a global strategic intelligence service founded in the 1990s solely for governments. He is also President of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), based near Washington, DC, which he co-founded in 1982.
Mr Copley also founded, within ISSA, The Zahedi Center for the Study of Monarchy, Traditional Governance, and Sovereignty, and earlier established specialist ISSA centers to study issues in the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Indian Ocean, Battlefield Survival, and so on.
He has authored or co-authored 36 books (including this volume), and several thousand articles, papers, and lectures on strategic issues, history, energy, aviation, and so on. Recent books include Sovereignty in the 21st Century and the Crisis for Identity, Cultures, Nation-States, and Civilizations (2018), UnCivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos (2012), and The Art of Victory (2006), as well as books on energy and aviation, and numerous books on different regions of the world. He also wrote one volume of poetry, On Preferring Life, published by Sid Harta in 2010, and was the lead author of a study on Australia's strategic outlook into the mid-21st Century, Australia 2050, An Examination of Australia's Condition, Outlook, and Options for the First Half of the 21st Century, in 2007, and Such A Full Sea: Australia's Options in a Changing Indian Ocean Region, in 2009 (both also published by Sid Harta).
Gregory Copley has received a number of orders and decorations, including, in 2007, being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to the international community in the field of strategic analysis. He received the Asian Council Award in Japan in 1990, and the Erebus Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in 2015. He was the first Australian to be made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (FRCGS). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales (FRSN) in 2017. He is Dean of the College of Fellows of the International Strategic Studies Association (FSS).
He was, in 2020, created hereditary Marquess of Tana for decades of service to the Ethiopian Crown, which had earlier also recognized him with two senior knighthoods and other recognitions. He wrote the 1998 book, Ethiopia Reaches Her Hand Unto God: Imperial Ethiopia's Unique Symbols, Structures, and Rôle in the Modern World.