Partners in deterrence: US nuclear weapons and alliances in Europe and Asia

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Since the dawn of the atomic age, nuclear weapons have been central to the internal dynamics of US alliances in Europe and Asia. But nuclear weapons cooperation in US alliances has varied significantly over time and space. Partners in Deterrence goes beyond traditional accounts that focus on US policy regarding deterrence and reassurance, and instead places the objectives and influence of US allies at the centre of analysis. Through several case studies, Stephan Frühling (ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs) and Andrew O'Neil (Griffith University) reveal that US allies have wielded major influence in shaping nuclear weapons cooperation with the US in ways that reflect their own, often idiosyncratic, objectives.

Chaired by the Director of the Griffith Asia Institute, Professor Caitlin Byrne, this event will celebrate the launch of Partners in Deterrence by Australia's pre-eminent strategist Emeritus Professor Hugh White.

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Professor Stephan Frühling, Australian National University

Professor Frühling teaches in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Coral Bell School, and has widely published on Australian defence policy, defence planning and strategy, nuclear weapons and NATO.

Stephan was the Fulbright Professional Fellow in Australia-US Alliance Studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC in 2017. He worked as a 'Partner across the globe' research fellow in the Research Division of the NATO Defense College in Rome in 2015, and was a member of the Australian Government's External Panel of Experts on the development of the 2016 Defence White Paper.

Professor Andrew O'Neil, Griffith University

Professor O'Neil is Acting Dean of the Graduate Research School at Griffith University. He has published widely in the broad areas of international relations and strategic studies and is currently chief investigator on projects focusing on the Australia-US alliance funded by the Australian Research Council and Australia's Department of Defence.

Andrew is a former member of the Australian Foreign Minister's National Consultative Committee on Security Issues and is a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.

Professor Caitlin Byrne, Griffith University

Professor Byrne is Director of the Griffith Asia Institute. Caitlin's research is focused on Australian Diplomacy with a special interest in Australia's engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Most recent research projects explore the role of leadership, soft power and public diplomacy - including people-to-people connections developed through international education, culture and sport - in developing Australia's regional influence, relationships and reputation.

Caitlin consults on occasion to government in the areas of strategic foreign policy and diplomatic practice.

Emeritus Professor Hugh White, Australian National University

Hugh White AO is Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. His work focuses primarily on Australian strategic and defence policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, and global strategic affairs especially as they influence Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Hugh has served as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, as a senior adviser on the staffs of Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and as a senior official in the Department of Defence, where from 1995 to 2000 he was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence, and as the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

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