Dr Andrea Benvenuti

Senior Lecturer
Laurea (Florence), MA (Monash), D.Phil (Oxon)
School of Social Sciences

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 8545
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 146, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus

Research

Andrea Benvenuti is a Senior Lecturer of European Studies and International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Andrea’s current research interests lie in the field of post-1945 international history with a strong focus on Cold War diplomacy. He is currently working on two major projects: the first focuses on the Western powers' responses to the emergence of the Non-Alignment Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The second is a collaborative project that examines the role and impact/influence of Western military power and strategic foreign policy in the ordering and re-ordering of Asia between 1919  and 1989.

Research Areas

Twentieth century international history, Cold War history, European integration history, twentieth century Southeast Asian history, British foreign policy, Australian foreign policy, US foreign policy, Indian foreign policy and Italian foreign policy

Current Research Projects

The Challenge of Non-alignment: The Western Powers and the Emergence of the Non-Alignment Movement during the Early Cold War (1955-65) 

This project explores Western attitudes towards the emergence of the non-aligned movement (NAM) during the early Cold War and the latter’s impact on Western political and strategic interests in Asia. More specifically, it seeks to address a number of key questions, including: 1) what political and strategic challenges did non-alignment throw up for the Western powers in Asia? How did the Western powers and their political establishments perceive and deal with these challenges? To what extent did the Western powers try to coordinate their policies and arrive at a common strategy? Did they (and if so, to what extent) try to exploit growing differences between the most moderate members of NAM such as India and the most radical ones such as Indonesia?


Western Military Power and the Shaping of Asia (1919-89)

This collaborative project sponsored by the National University of Singapore and involving a small international team of 7 international and military historians examines the role and impact/influence of Western military power and strategic foreign policy in the ordering and re-ordering of Asia from the Conference of Versailles in 1919 to the end of the Cold War in 1989. Its novel contribution lies in the attempt to conceptualise the interplay between Western politico-military presence and activity in Asia, Western aspirations for the shaping of Asia and the emergence of an Asian states system often unresponsive to Western interests and aims. 


 

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Twentieth century international history, Cold War history, European integration history, twentieth century Southeast Asian history, and foreign policy of the Great Britain, Australia, the US, India and Italy

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision 

  • Bill Apter, PhD International History, Australian-British relations, Commonwealth History

 

Teaching

Teaching areas
European Studies, History of International Relations, Foreign Policies

Current teaching
ARTS 2817 Diplomacy and Statecraft

ARTS3783 Great and Emerging Powers

POLS 5129 The Foreign Policies of the Great Powers

 

Affiliation and Memberships

  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society (London)

Other Information

Prior to coming to UNSW, Andrea Benvenuti taught International History and International Relations at UNSW Asia in Singapore. Between July 2004 and December 2006 he held a postdoctoral research fellowship in International Relations at the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Before joining the University of Queensland, Andrea was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies (King's College London).

 

Publications

    Books

    • Winand P;Benvenuti A;Guderzo M, 2015, The external relations of the European Union: Historical and contemporary perspectives, http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/978-3-0352-6497-5
    • Benvenuti A;Winand P;Guderzo M, 2015, The External Relations of the European Union, P.I.E. Lang, Brussels
    • Benvenuti A, 2008, Anglo-Australian Relations and the `Turn to Europe`, 1961-72, Original, Boydell & Brewer, London and New York

    Book Chapters

    • Benvenuti A, 2016, 'US relations with the PRC after the Cold War', in tan A (ed.), Handbook of US-China Relations, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham (UK), pp. 62 - 79
    • Benvenuti A, 2016, 'US relations with the PRC during the Cold War', in Tan ATH (ed.), Handbook of US-China Relations, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham (UK), pp. 44 - 61
    • Benvenuti A, 2015, 'Australia, the "Messina Initiative" and the establishment of the EEC, 1955-1958', in The External Relations of the European Union: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, pp. 57 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/978-3-0352-6497-5
    • Benvenuti A;Guderzo M, 2015, 'The EU in international affairs: A global actor Sui Generis', in The External Relations of the European Union: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, pp. 13 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/978-3-0352-6497-5
    • Benvenuti A, 2015, 'The International Relations of East Asia in a Historical Perspective', in Security and Conflict in East Asia, Routledge, pp. 15 - 23
    • Benvenuti A;Murray P, 2013, 'EU-Australia Relations', in Christiansen T; Kirchner E; Murray PB (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations, Palgrave MacMillan
    • Benvenuti A, 2009, 'Five Power Defence Arrangement and the Early Development of ASEAN', in Jones DM; Arnakim LY (ed.), Regionalism and Political Development in Southeast Asia, edn. Original, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 5 - 23
    • Benvenuti A, 2007, 'Australia`s Policy towards South Asia after 9/11', in Ungerer C (ed.), Australian Foreign Policy in an Age of Terror, edn. Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, pp. 200 - 226
    • Benvenuti A, 2006, 'Britain’s Entry into the EEC as a Strategic Problem in British-Australian Relations, 1961-1967', in Varsori A (ed.), Inside the European Community: Actors and Policies in the European Integration from the Rome Treaties to the Creation of the `Snake?, edn. Original, Nomos, Baden-Baden
    • Benvenuti A;Ward S, 2005, 'Britain, Europe and the “Other Quiet Revolution” in Canada', in Buckner P (ed.), Canada and the End of Empire, edn. Original, British Columbia University, Vancouver

    Journal articles

    Other

    Working Papers

    • Benvenuti A, 2006, Australia’s Policy towards Britain’s 1970-72 Application to Join the EEC, London Papers in Australian Studies, 14
    • Benvenuti A, 2003, Australia’s Policy towards Britain’s Second Application to the European Economic Community, 1966-67, CERC (Contemporary Europe Research Centre, University of Melbourne) Working Paper Series, 3

Teaching

Prior to coming to UNSW, Dr Andrea Benvenuti taught International History and International Relations at UNSW Asia in Singapore. Between July 2004 and December 2006 he held a postdoctoral research fellowship in International Relations at the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Before joining the University of Queesland, Dr Benvenuti was as postdoctoral research fellow at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies (King's College London).

At UNSW, I am currently teaching:

ARTS 1781: Europe and the Modern World

ARTS 3783: Great and Emerging Powers

POLS 5129: The Foreign Policies of the Great Powers

Affiliations and membership

Monash European and EU Centre
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London)

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