Alan Dupont

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Alan Dupont

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Asian Security, Cyber Security, International Security, Non-traditional Threats



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Alan Dupont is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Asia Security Initiative.

Alan is Adjunct Professor of International Security at the University of New South Wales (NSW) and CEO of the Cognoscenti Group, a political and strategic risk consultancy. He is one of Australia’s best known strategists, Asianists, and thought leaders with an international reputation for his work on geopolitical risk, foreign policy, defence, and national security. He has been an adviser to a number of Australian Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs, as well as to the Nobel laureate and former President of East Timor, Jose Ramos Horta. In 2013-14, Alan established and led the Abbott Government’s Defence White Paper team. He has received commendations for his work from the governments of Japan and East Timor and was recently named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s top two strategists.

In a long and diverse career across government, the private sector and academe, Alan has been an astute and personal observer of many of the seminal developments in Asia’s security environment since the Vietnam War. Following twenty-five years of service in government as an army officer, defence intelligence analyst, and diplomat. Alan has distinguished himself as a scholar and academic entrepreneur. He has been involved in five university and think tank start-ups since 2003, including appointments as a Senior Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy; Councillor with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute; the inaugural holder of the Michael Hintze Chair in International Security at the University of Sydney and Director of the Centre for International Security Studies; CEO of the US Studies Centre and, most recently, Professor of International Security at the University of NSW.

Alan is a much sought after speaker and commentator in Australia and internationally. He is Contributing National Security Editor for The Australian newspaper and frequently comments on defence and security issues for the electronic media, including the ABC, SBS, Sky, CNN, CNBC Asia, the BBC, Voice of America, and Reuters. He has been interviewed for most Asian dailies as well as leading newspapers in the United States and Europe including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Le Monde, and the Wall Street Journal. The author of nearly 100 books, monographs, and articles on defence and international security. His path breaking study of the non-military, transnational challenges to East Asia’s security for Cambridge University Press (East Asia Imperilled) is generally acknowledged to be the authoritative academic work in the field.

Alan 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 is also the CEO of Cogn