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Professor Andrew O’Neil

Professor Andrew O’Neil was awarded an Australian Research Council grant of $227,033 for the project “Expectations and commitments in the Australia-USA alliance” with Professor Peter Dean from the University of Western Australia and Associate Professor Stephan Fruehling from the Australian National University.

Andrew O’Neil is Dean (Research), a Professor of Political Science in Griffith Business School and a member of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy. He was recently appointed to the Australian Research Council College of Experts for 2020, and Chair of the Business Academic Research Directors’ Network. He is a former member of the Australian Foreign Minister’s National Consultative Committee on National Security Issues and former advisory board member of the Lowy Institute’s G20 Studies Centre. He was Head of the School of Government and International Relations (2014-2016) and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute (2010-2014). Read more


Project Summary:

This project aims to investigate the gap between the high expectations of mutual support and the lack of detailed security commitments in the Australia-US Alliance. The project intends to use a focused approach that captures thematic aspects of the alliance through project frames and historical slices across time. Expected outcomes can advance understanding of how alliances operate as security institutions. The outcomes can help to promote a more informed national conversation about the costs and benefits of Australia’s security relationship with the United States of America (USA) and contribute to debates over the future of the Australia-USA Alliance, during a period of strategic uncertainty.

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