Alan Dupont


Alan Dupont is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
He is a professor of International Security at the University of New South Wales and was previously the foundation Michael Hintze Professor of International Security at the University of Sydney and CEO of the US Studies Centre. Professor Dupont holds a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University and is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and the US Foreign Service Institute. He has worked on Australian defence and Asian security issues for more than thirty years as a strategist, diplomat, policy analyst and scholar and has published extensively academically and in the media. During his time in government he served in the Departments of Defence and Foreign Affairs and Trade which included postings with the Australian embassies in Seoul and Jakarta. He has also worked as a freelance journalist in South America.
Professor Dupont is an Australian representative to the Asean Regional Forum’s Register of Experts and Eminent Persons and a member of the Indonesia-Australia Defence Alumni Senior Advisory Group. He is also the Strategic Advisor to the Board of Outcomes Australia and is a board member of CQS, a leading global hedge fund. Professor Dupont previously served on the board of Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre and was a member of the Foreign Affairs Council (an advisory body to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade), the Australian Defence Minister’s Defence and National Security Advisory Council and the Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He was also a special advisor on foreign policy and national security to East Timor’s former President, Jose Ramos Horta.

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2 Sep 2017

The real prospect of conflict between North Korea and the US and its allies underscores the recent deterioration in Australia’s security environment, writes Alan Dupont.


1 May 2017

Executive summary

What is the problem?

Donald Trump’s election as US president is accelerating a profound global transformation that has huge consequences for Australia. Unlike his predecessors, Trump is less willing to defend the liberal international order that has been of...


13 Mar 2015

This report argues that successive Australian governments have failed to define an effective national defence strategy.

Executive summary Australia’s inability to clearly and succinctly define its defence strategy is a perennial failing that will have serious policy and operational consequences if not addressed....


29 Mar 2012

This policy brief argues that the Australian Defence Force requires re-evaluation of its goals, strategy, structure, and resources as it transitions from the Afghanistan conflict.

In this brief, Alan Dupont warns against repeating the mistakes of the post-Vietnam era when Australia was left with...


25 May 2009

Is the Rudd Government's new Defence White Paper more of the same or a significant departure from the previous strategic orthodoxy?

More importantly, is it affordable, and will future governments commit to the level of spending necessary to ensure that the White Paper's ambitious...

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