ABC | UWA DSI Chair Professor Stephen Smith to lead the Defence Strategic Review

The Chair of UWA Defence & Security Institute Professor Stephen Smith and retired Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston will jointly oversee a comprehensive study of the ADF's structure, preparedness and investments.

ABC | North West Defence Alliance hopes Force Posture Review will bolster WA resources featuring Professor Peter Dean

More defence resources could be sent to the northern West Australian coast to protect critical assets following a new review of the Australian Defence Force's strategic positions, according to experts. Representatives from the North West Defence Alliance—made up of five Pilbara and four Kimberley shires—travelled to Canberra last week to meet with Australian defence personnel to advocate for a stronger defence presence on the northern coast.

Expanding the Indo-Pacific Region to East Africa by Faiza Samatar

27 June 2022 Introduction The emergence of the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ has conjured up different visions of regional geographical expanses over the past decade. The geo-political region of the Indo-Pacific has been attributed to the area between the western United States and India, combining the Pacific Ocean and the eastern end of the Indian Ocean[1]. In recent years, the region’s political and economic importance has grown partly because of China and India’s economic growth and consequently the rise of their political and military strength. Increased global economic growth has also…

BBC World News | Pacific security and China’s strategic reach featuring Professor Peter Dean

What we’re seeing here is a pattern of development from China as their power in the region expands. Therefore, their reach is basically spanning into the far flung reaches of the South Pacific, and they’re looking at economic cooperation and hinting towards security cooperation as well. We’ve seen this as part of a pattern of China’s strategic reach.

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.