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Dr Peter Dean

B.A.(Hons), Grad Dip Ed, PhD (UNSW), SFHEA
Associate Professor, 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
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Biography 210304
  • North American History 210312

Research interests

History of Australian Strategy and Foreign Policy

Australian Defence Policy and Strategy

Australian Military History

United States Military History

Anzus Alliance

Australian Strategic Culture

Expeditionary Warfare

Amphibious Warfare

United States and Australian Military Cooperation

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.

Peter is the series editor of the Melbourne University Press Defence Studies Series  and editorial board member of Global War Studies and the Australian Army Journal. Peter was managing editor of the journal Security Challenges from 2012-2015. He is also a regular media commentator on Australian and regional defence issues.

Peter was the 2014 Fulbright Scholar in Australia-United States Alliance Studies and was Associate Dean (Education) for the ANU's College of Asia and the Pacific in 2015-16. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Australian & New Zealand Studies Centre, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington DC and an Adjunct Fellow in the Pacific Partners Initiative at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. In 2011 he was a Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre, Sydney University (2011).

He is the author / editor of seven books:  Australia's American Alliance (Melbourne University Press, 2016), 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, 2013) and Australia 1943: The Liberation of New Guinea (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Australia 1944-45: Victory in the Pacific (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and MacArthur's Coalition: U.S. and Australian military Operations in the SWPA 1942-45 (Forthcoming: University Press of Kansas, 2017).

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2011 was a 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

The Australian Way of War: strategic culture, alliances and the use of force in the antipodes.

Pivot Points: The evolution of ANZUS and the New America

Assaulting the Jungle Shore: The Australian Army and Amphibious Warfare 1942-45


Current student projects

Amphibious logistics and enabling capabilities

America's alliances in the Asia-Pacific region

A histroy of the Battle of the Beachheads, Papua 1942-1943.

Past student projects

A Strategic Assessment of the Anzac-Class Frigate

Assessing the US Pivot: Elite Persectives in Asia

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

Sea Denial and Maritime Strategy


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