USSC Director of Foreign Policy and Defence Professor Peter Dean is featured in an article discussing Japan's potential involvement in Pillar II of the AUKUS agreement. Professor Dean tells The Australian Financial Review that there is significant strategic value to including Japan in AUKUS, but warned there would be challenges.

“The biggest issue with Japan joining is its security measures, such as cybersecurity and counter-espionage… are not up to where they need to be to share the most sensitive of defence technology."