Foreign Policy and Defence

The Foreign Policy and Defence Program is committed to providing policy-oriented research and analysis on American strategic policy and the United States-Australia alliance, with a focus on developments in the Indo-Pacific.

 

The Foreign Policy and Defence Program is committed to providing policy-oriented research and analysis on American strategic policy and the future of the United States-Australia alliance, with a focus on developments in the Indo-Pacific region. Drawing on the expertise and networks of its researchers, the Program delivers insights and recommendations to a range of stakeholders through publications, policy dialogues, strategic futures workshops, and outreach activities. Its purpose is to deepen Australians’ understanding of American policy, analyse the US alliance and partner network in a rapidly evolving strategic landscape, and identify opportunities for Australia, the United States, and other nations to advance a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

Current research priorities include the following themes:

  • The direction of US Asia policy, regional alliances and security partnerships, and the role of Australia in developing a collective Indo-Pacific strategy.
  • The strategic implications of trends in the US defence budget, military readiness and modernisation, force posture, and the regional balance of power.
  • Strategic futures in the Indo-Pacific and the interplay between military capabilities, geoeconomics, diplomacy, politics, and relative power changes.
  • The US-Australia alliance and the challenges of deterrence and counter-coercion in an era of multi-dimensional strategic competition.
  • Competition and allied cooperation in emerging technologies, innovation, and the defence industrial base.

The Program is overseen by a steering committee comprised of United States Studies Centre staff; senior officials from the Australian Departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Prime Minister and Cabinet; and representatives from our corporate partners.

The Foreign Policy and Defence Program receives funding support from the following partners