Ministerial meetings show deepening ties between Australia and South Korea by Peter K. Lee

With Australia and the Republic of Korea celebrating the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, this year’s 2+2 foreign and defence ministers’ meeting held on Monday in Seoul reflects an expanding security agenda between the two countries. by Peter K. Lee

Small hints of a bigger opportunity in Australia-South Korea ties by Peter K. Lee

In Australia, over the last few weeks, international headlines have focused on the United States, between the problematic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty, the 20 years since 9/11, and the AUSMIN meeting this week.

ANZUS Invoked: September 11 and Interpreting the Treaty by Professor Peter Dean

A supposed “100 years of mateship” has seen the US and Australia fight every major war together since 1918. However, the ANZUS Treaty has only been formally invoked once – in the days after the September 11 terrorist attacks by Peter J. Dean

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.