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The Australian National University

Dr Stephan Fruehling

PhD (ANU), Master of Arts in Strategic Studies (Missouri State University), Diplom in International Economics (Christian Albrechts University, Germany)
Associate Professor
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Studies 160604
  • International Relations 160607

Research interests

Australian strategic and defence policy, missile defence and nuclear weapons, NATO, strategic theory.


Dr Stephan Frühling is the Associate Dean (Education) of the College of Asia and the Pacific.  He is an Associate Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs.

Stephan is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project on Small Allies and Extended Nuclear Deterrence

From August to December 2015, he was the 'Partner across the globe' research fellow in the Research Division of the NATO Defense College in Rome.  In 2014-2015, Stephan was a member of the Australian Government’s external panel of experts on  the 2016 Defence White Paper (

His previous positions include Deputy Director (Education) of the Bell School (January-July 2016),  inaugural Director of Studies (October 2011-June 2012) and Deputy Director of Studies (July-December 2013) of the ANU Master in Military Studies program at the Australian Defence Force’s Australian Command and Staff College, and Managing Editor of the journal Security Challenges (2006 to 2014). 


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  24 April 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers