This seminar will discuss the development of Australia’s foreign and defence policies towards Malaysia and Singapore in the light of the redefinition of Britain’s imperial role in Southeast Asia and the formation of new post-colonial states. He will aim to show how Australia formulated its own distinct regional interests and how it pursued them with insight.
Andrea Benvenuti is a Senior Lecturer in international relations at the University of New South Wales. His research interests lie in the field of post-1945 international history with a strong focus on the Cold War in both Asia and Europe. He is currently working on two major projects: a co-authored book examining the impact of Western power on the shaping of the Asian regional system (1900-1989) and a single-authored book dealing with Western responses to the challenge of Afro-Asianism and non-alignment in Asia (1954-65).