Research interests

  • Grand strategy, including national security strategies
  • Strategic/ security studies particularly as relates to middle powers
  • International relations theory
  • Australian defence policy
  • Alternative Futures development including for the Pacific Islands
  • Pacific Island defence, security and aviation issues



Peter Layton has extensive military and defence experience over more than 35 years. He has a doctorate from the University of New South Wales on grand strategy and has taught on the topic at the Eisenhower College, US National Defence University. For his academic work he was awarded a Fellowship to the European University Institute in Italy.  For his work at the Pentagon, he was awarded the US Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Public Service Medal. In 2020, he became a RUSI (UK) Associate Fellow.