Dr Rakisits has had almost 20 years of experience in the Australian public sector, including in the Departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Office of National Assessments (ONA). He has been an advisor to a shadow federal minister for foreign affairs and to a deputy prime minister. In 1995-98, while at the Australia Mission to the UN in New York, he was responsible for reporting on Security Council issues. After leaving the public service in 2005, he returned to academia. In 2006-2009 he taught international affairs at tertiary institutions in Switzerland. In 2010-2013 he was an academic adviser at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, the senior staff college at the Australian Defence College in Canberra.
Dr Rakisits is an Associate with the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. He taught there for three years (2015-2017), including a course on peace and security in the Indian Ocean region and the Australia-US Alliance. His principal, but certainly not sole, academic interest is Pakistan, which he has been following for over well 30 years. His doctoral thesis was National Integration in Pakistan: The Role of Religion, Ethnicity and the External Environment. He also closely follows developments in the Middle East, Africa and the South Asia and Indian Ocean regions. His publications and media interviews can be viewed on his consultancy homepage: www.geopolitical-assessments.com. Dr Rakisits is also an Honorary Associate Professor in Strategic Studies at Deakin University.