Prof Alan Dupont

Nonresident Fellow
Lowy Institute for International Policy
Areas of Expertise
Political and strategic developments in East Asia; transnational security issues; intelligence; Australian national security and defence
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Alan Dupont is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

He is Chief Executive Officer of Cognoscenti, a political and strategic risk consultancy, and 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.

Alan is  Contributing National Security Editor for The Australian and frequently comments on defence and security issues for the ABC, SBS, Sky, CNN, CNBC Asia, the BBC, Voice of America, Reuters and Al Jazeera. 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. 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.

He 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 currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington.