Peter Dean

Dr Peter Dean

Associate Professor


B.A.(Hons), Grad Dip Ed, PhD (UNSW)

Contact details
+61 2 6125 1233
Room: 3.16
Building: Hedley Bull Building

Biographical statement

Peter Dean is a Senior Fellow at 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).

Key publications

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 Victordy (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), and Australia 1944-45: Victory in the Pacific (Cambridge University Press, 2015). MacArthur’s Coalition: Australian and U.S Military Opertation 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.

Between the Lines with Tom Switzer: Interview with Peter Dean- US-Australia security treaty under Donald Trump

Interview with Peter Dean, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre Director, Australian National University, about the future of the US-Australia security treaty under a Donald Trump presidency.

The bully or the deal maker- which Donald Trump will Australia get?

Leading strategist Professor Hugh White, a former deputy head of the Defence department, says he is unsurprised the government and many commentators have eagerly seized on Trump’s words since

What will President Trump do for Australia and ANZUS?

Since the Second World War Australia’s defence strategy has been based on its relationship with the US, and the implied promise that in the event of Australia being attacked, the US would com

Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott's Most Expensive Three-Word Slogan: '2 per cent' of GDP on Defence

Under the Abbott government, the Defence Department was the focus of two 'three-word slogans'. The first was helping Immigration to "stop the boats".

Holding a flare to mark amphibious landing. Image from Flickr, courtesy of the Australian Defence Force.

The bigger challenge for the ADF’s amphibious capability

Peter Dean and Ken Gleiman’s recent paper Beyond 2017: the Australian Defence Force and amphibious warfare is undoubtedly timely.

Defence consulted over Chinese company's Landbridge 99-year port deal, Chief Minister Adam Giles says

The NT Government has moved to allay any concerns about Chinese interests taking a 99-year lease over Darwin’s port, as military tensions increase between the US and China.

Photo by Rita M. on flickr.

Looking beyond the legend

Four war historians give their insights on the significance of Gallipoli 100 years on.

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