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Dr Peter Dean

B.A.(Hons), Grad Dip Ed, PhD (UNSW), SFHEA
Senior Fellow & Director of Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 02 6125 1233

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Studies 160604
  • Australian Government And Politics 160601
  • North American History 210312
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Biography 210304

Research interests

Anzus Alliance

Australian Defence Policy and Strategy

Australian Strategic Culture

Expeditionary Warfare

Amphibious Warfare

United States and Australian Military Cooperation

Australian Military History

United States Military History

Second World War, in particular the South West Pacific Area 1942-1945

Military Biography


Peter Dean is a Senior Fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the Australian Command and Staff College. He was the 2014 Fulbright Scholar in Australia-United States Alliance Studies and a Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre Sydney University (2011). He is also a Senior Fellow at the Australian & New Zealand Studies Centre, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington DC and is a Adjunct Fellow in the Pacific Partners Initative at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC.

His major research and teaching interests are in Australian strategic policy, the ANZUS Alliance, military operations and defence studies. Peter is the series editor of the Melbourne University Press Defence Studies Series as well as a managing editor of the journal Security Challenges and editorial board memeber of the journal Global War Studies. He has published his work in areas such as Security Challenges, US Naval War College Review, War & Society, Australian Policy and History and Global War Studies as well as sites such as the East Asia Forum, The Strategist, The Diplomat and The Interpreter. He is also a regular media commentator on Australian and regional defence issues.

Peter is the author of four books:  Australia's Defence: A New Era? (Melbourne University Press, 2014), The Architect of Victory (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Australia 1942: In the Shadow of War (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Australia 1943: The Liberation of New Guinea (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

He teaches courses on military operations & expeditionary warfare and on Australia's strategic alliances. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2011 he was the recipient of a citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s Australian Awards for University Teaching.


Researcher's projects

Australia 1944-45: Victory in the PacificCambridge University Press [forthcoming in August 2015]

MacArthur's Coalition: United States and Australian Military Operations in the Pacific War, Melbourne University Press [forthcoming in December 2015]

Australia's American Alliance: Towards a New Era? Melbourne University Press [forthcoming in 2016]

The Pivot: Turning Points in the US-Australian Alliance and its future in the Asian Century

The Sword from the Sea: The Evolution of Expeditionary Warfare

Australia's Strategic Culture and Way of War


Current student projects

Sea Denial and Maritime Strategy

Amphibious logistics and enabling capabilities

America's alliances in the Asia-Pacific region

Past student projects

Australia and the Post-Expeditionary Age

The Use and Misuse of the Clash of Civilisations: Justification for Conflict in an Age of Terror

A Military History of the 1st Battalion Imperial Camel Corps

Australian Foreign Policy and India: Regional Communities, Security and Trade


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