James Dwyer

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James Dwyer

James Dwyer

Teaching Fellow

Room 408, Social Sciences, Sandy Bay Campus

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James Dwyer is a Teaching Fellow and PhD Candidate with the Politics and International Relations Program at the School of Social Sciences. He is interested in the field of security studies, specialising in nuclear deterrence and ballistic missile defence.

Before taking on his current role as a Teaching Fellow, James was an Associate Lecturer in International Security at the University of Tasmania.

Career summary


BA (1stClass Hons) Defence at What cost? The Effects of US Ballistic Missile Defence on China's Nuclear Deterrence, and Regional Security in the Asia-Pacific. University of Tasmania. 2014


Professional practice

  • Australian Institute of International Affairs
  • Australian Political Studies Association
  • Griffith Security Studies Network
  • International Studies Association


Ballistic missile defence, international security, nuclear deterrence, strategic studies, cyberwarfare, terrorism & counter terrorism

Teaching expertise

Previous experience includes:

Unit coordinator in HIR2/302 International Security

Lecturer in HIR402 Politics of International Relations

Graduate Academic Tutor in HIR101 Introduction to International Relations

Teaching responsibility

Unit coordinator for HSP104 Integrity and Governance in Policing

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Research Themes

James' research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. His research interests include understanding how ballistic missile defence programs affects nuclear deterrence and international security, particularly in Europe and the Asia-Pacific. James also researches non-traditional security threats, including terrorism/counter-terrorism and cyberwarfare, and looks at what effects these non-traditional threats have on our understanding of security.

Fields of Research

  • International Relations (160607)
  • Police Administration, Procedures and Practice (160205)

Research Objectives

  • National Security (810107)
  • Law Enforcement (940404)


Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2016Dwyer J, 'Ballistic missile defence and the changing nature of deterrence: the US rebalance and China's nuclear strategy', US-China Law Review, 13, (6) pp. 474-490. ISSN 1548-6605 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.17265/1548-6605/2016.06.004 [eCite] [Details]


2015McLean W, Dwyer J, 'Nuclear deterrence, missile systems and the security of Turkey in the 'new' Middle East', Insight Turkey, 17, (3) pp. 141-162. ISSN 1302-177X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: McLean W


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2015Dwyer JM, 'Ballistic Missile Defence and the Changing Nature of Deterrence: The US Rebalance and China's Nuclear Strategy', Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2015, 28-30 September 2015, Canberra, pp. 1-25. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

(8 outputs)
2018Bartkowiak-Theron IMF, Dwyer JM, O'Shea BJ, 'Teaching partnerships in police higher education: An exciting time to reflect', Policing Insight, online, 22 January 2018 (2018) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Bartkowiak-Theron IMF; O'Shea BJ

2017Dwyer J, 'Explainer: what is ballistic missile defence - and would it stop a missile from North Korea?', The Conversation, online, 6 July 2017 (2017) [Magazine Article]

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2017Dwyer JM, 'National TV interview with ABC News 24's News Breakfast program' (2017) [Media Interview]

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2016Dwyer JM, 'The anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and the role of nuclear weapons today', 936 Hobart with Melanie Tait, Australian Broadcasting Company, Tasmania (2016) [Media Interview]

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2015Dwyer JM, 'North Korea's submarine missile firing raises the nuclear stakes', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, May 18 (2015) [Magazine Article]

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2015Dwyer JM, 'Australia can have ballistic missile defence - doesn't mean we should', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, May 27 (2015) [Magazine Article]

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2015Dwyer JM, 'North Korea deploys sub fleet - and the US can't find them', The Wire, @SER and Radio Adelaide, Australia, 24 August (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Dwyer JM, 'North Korea's Nuclear Testing More Advanced Than Anticipated?', 2SER 107.3 Radio, Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd, Australia (2015) [Media Interview]

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