Asia Rising | Australia votes 2022: Our place in the region featuring Peter Dean

As Australians head to the voting booth, much of this election has focused on our regional relationships and our place in the global order. Many have labelled this a 'khaki election', with national security becoming a major election issue. The campaign so far has been dominated by regional issues, particularly the fallout of China's pact with the Solomon Islands.

The Interpreter | What went wrong? How Morrison lost control of the khaki election by Peter Dean

Two of the most recognised concepts from the great Prussian philosopher of war, Karl von Clausewitz are friction and chance. Clausewitz noted that friction “includes all those surprising things” that happen that make “even the simplest thing difficult”. Chance, meanwhile, is where “guesswork and luck come to play”.

Sky News | ‘Friction and chance’ playing against Coalition’s campaign | Remarks by Peter Dean

UWA Chair of Defence Studies Peter Dean says “friction and chance” are two key factors playing against the Coalition’s election campaign. Prof. Dean said the Solomon Islands deal became a chance element which has “really hurt the government” in any national security debate. “And in fact it’s turned it from a Coalition strength, I would argue in this campaign – to something not only can the Labor Party neutralise – but in fact turn to their advantage,” he told Sky News Australia.

The West Australian | How Australia risks regional irrelevance over its foreign policy by Peter Dean

What we learnt from the defence debate this week is that both sides of politics are united in their belief that Australia faces significant and enhanced risks in the international environment. As such they both believe that increasing defence spending is an important security benchmark.

In Conversation with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia His Excellency Vasyl Myroshnychenko

On 28 April, the UWA Defence and Security Institute hosted Ukraine’s newly installed Ambassador to Australia His Excellency Vasyl Myroshnychenko for an In Conversation public event.

Littoral Warfare in the Indo-Pacific by Professor Peter Dean and Dr Troy Lee-Brown

The US Marine Corps (USMC) is ushering in a new, transformative era in its doctrine, capabilities and organisation under the Force Design 2030 Initiative. The changes involved hold important insights for US allies and partners and especially for how the Australian Army and Australian Defence Force (ADF) should think about high end military operations in the Indo-Pacific.

ABC | Key Pacific security goals in ruin featuring Professor Peter Dean

Solomons MP and former Prime Minister Danny Philip today defended the secrecy around the security pact with China, by claiming its akin to the the secrecy around Pine Gap, the joint US-Australian intelligence base near Alice Springs.

Australian Financial Review | How AUKUS has brought an alliance revolution to Australia by Professor Peter Dean

AUKUS acknowledged the end of US primacy in the Pacific, replaced by strategic competition and a far more complex deterrent alliance for Australia. If AUKUS evokes anything, it is the image of nuclear-powered submarines. They dominated the AUKUS press conference between Scott Morrison, Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, and stole media headlines around the world. It is six months into the AUKUS deal and Wednesday (AEST) will see the first report card being delivered.

WA Defence Review | Strategic importance of the Indian Ocean region and Australia’s North West needs more than just recognition by Professor Peter Dean

The 2012 Force Posture Review, delivered by the then Gillard government's Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, was clear as to the growing importance of WA and the Indian Ocean region to Australia's defence, proposing that "Defence should develop a plan to communicate better the level of ADF activities and presence in North West Australia, for both deterrence and reassurance purposes."

UWA Public Policy Institute | Looking beyond nuclear-powered submarines: The AUKUS opportunities for WA by Professor Peter Dean

In late 2021, the headlines surrounding Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines dominated the news. As the first initiative of the new AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and United States) defence agreement, it has generated significant media and political attention both at home and abroad.