Why the defence portfolio could make or break Peter Dutton’s political career by Professor Peter Dean

April 26, 2021 6.05am Defence is always one of the Australian government’s busiest — and most powerful — portfolios. Now, as Peter Dutton takes the helm, this is no exception, and he will have much work to do.

DEFENCE SPECIAL REPORT: Minister must drive force posture review by Professor Peter Dean

The rise of Peter Dutton broke the short-held Western Australian ministerial dominance over the Defence portfolio. For a brief period WA members of the federal parliament controlled the Defence, Defence Industry and assistant Defence Minister roles.

Why the tragic Afghanistan withdrawal should reassure US allies in Asia by Professor Peter Dean

For many US allies, the end of the conflict in Afghanistan will come as a relief, reassuring them that some clear, rational strategic thinking has taken hold in Washington.

Former Defence Minister calls for new Defence Force Posture Review

Former Defence and Foreign Minister Stephen Smith is calling for the government to urgently conduct a new Force Posture Review to ensure Australia’s military assets are well positioned. By Professor Stephen Smith

Wargames Facing Wrong Way As The Strategic Focus Shifts

It is time to rethink Talisman Sabre through an up-to-date strategic lens. Australia’s largest andmost important military exercise has been in its ninth iteration this past fortnight. There is nodoubt about its increasing significance to both Australia and our alliance partner, the US.

Expectations disrupted: lessons for Australia’s Indo-Pacific future by Professor Stephen Smith

Australia and the Indo-Pacific have thrived with an open trading system and with liberal economic regimes encouraging international competitiveness. This has helped secure peace, stability and prosperity. But these patterns are now far from assured.

Tanks for nothing? Ensuring the Australian Army is ready for Indo-Pacific conflict by Professor Peter Dean

How we should allocate funding in relation to the future role of the Australian Army, especially the risks we face vis-à-vis the changing balance of power in our region, and in Army’s role in deterring (and potentially responding to) a much more aggressive and forthright China.

Biden, Australia, and the Future of ANZUS in the Indo-Pacific by Professor Peter Dean

In 2021, the ANZUS alliance will have been in place for 70 years. However, in the wake of Biden’s recent inauguration as the 46th president of the United States, the alliance is experiencing challenges not seen in the past.

The internal risks to Australia’s new defence strategy by Professor Peter Dean

The 2020 defence strategic update released last month provides a sobering analysis of Australia’s strategic environment and the risks we must manage. The document lays out a conflation of pressing issues and concludes that ‘major power competition has intensified and the prospect of high-intensity conflict in the Indo-Pacific, while still unlikely, is less remote than in the past.’

A New Strategic Song? ANZUS, the 2020 Australian Defence Update, and Redefining Self-Reliance by Professor Peter Dean

Is Australia taking steps toward a career as a soloist in the opera of Indo-Pacific deterrence? In 2020, the country has taken a long, hard look at the Indo-Pacific region, including the United States under President Donald Trump. Has it decided that its relationship with the United States is more about dashed expectations than 100 years of “mateship”?