Peter Dean

Dr Peter Dean


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


Peter Dean is a Senior Fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. He 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. He is a former managing editor of the journal Security Challenges and a regular media commentator on Australian and regional defence issues.

Peter has extensive university executive experience as: Associate Dean (Education) and Associate Dean (Students) for the ANU's College of Asia and the Pacific, Head of SDSC, Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences at University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) and Manager of Quality Management (Learning and Teaching) and Research at UNDA's Sydney campus

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a recipient of a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s Awards for University Teaching.

Peter is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and Endeavour Research Fellowship in Australia-United States Alliance Studies and 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.

Peter has produced seven books:  MacArthur's Coalition: US and Australian Military Operations in the SWPA 1942-45 (University Press of Kansas, US Spring 2018); Australia's American Alliance (Melbourne University Press, 2016); Australia's Defence: A New Era? (Melbourne University Press, 2014); The Architect of Victory (Cambridge University Press, 2011); Australia 1942: In the Shadow of War (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Australia 1943: The Liberation of New Guinea (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Australia 1944-45: Victory in the Pacific (Cambridge University Press, 2015).



Research interests

Australian Defence Policy and Strategy

History of Australian Strategy and Foreign Policy

Anzus Alliance

United States and Australian Military Cooperation

Amphibious Warfare

Expeditionary Warfare

Military learning, innovation and transformation

Australian Strategic Culture

Australian Military History

United States Military History

Second World War, in particular the South West Pacific Area 1942-1945

Military Biography

Past student projects

America's alliances in the Asia-Pacific region

A Strategic Assessment of the Anzac-Class Frigate

Assessing the US Pivot: Elite Persectives in Asia

Australia and the Post-Expeditionary Age

The Use and Misuse of the Clash of Civilisations: Justification for Conflict in an Age of Terror

A Military History of the 1st Battalion Imperial Camel Corps

Australian Foreign Policy and India: Regional Communities, Security and Trade

Sea Denial and Maritime Strategy

Current student projects

A Study of the Australian Defence Force Strategic Logistics

A history of the Battle of the Beachheads, Papua 1942-1943.

ANZUS and domestic politics

The Australian Labor Party and the Iraq War

Researcher's projects

Allied, Neutral or Nukes? Imagining the Future of Australia’s Defence (Publication 2018)

 Fighting Australia' Cold War: 1945-1965 (Publication 2018)

 The Australian Way of War: strategic culture, alliances and the use of force in the antipodes.

 Assaulting the Jungle Shore: Amphibious Warfare and the Transformation of the Australian Army

Pivot Points: The evolution of ANZUS and the New America



Expertise Areas

  • Australian Government and Politics
  • Defence Studies
  • Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
  • Biography
  • North American History


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