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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 an Associate Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, and Deputy Director (Education) of the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs.

He 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 (

He was the inaugural Director of Studies of the ANU Master in Military Studies program at the Australian Defence Force’s Australian Command and Staff College from October 2011 to June 2012, and the Deputy Director of Studies until the end of 2013.

Stephan was Managing Editor of the journal Security Challenges from 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:  26 October 2016 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers