Andrea Benvenuti

Senior Lecturer

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

Recent Successful Postgraduate Research Supervisions

  • Bill Apter, PhD International History, Australian-British relations, Commonwealth History
  • Aung Gyaw Thu, PhD, International Relations, Myanmar's foreign policy

 

Teaching

Teaching areas
History of International Relations, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

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)
  • Member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

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
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Benvenuti A, 2017, Cold War and Decolonisation Australia's Policy Towards Britain's End of Empire in Southeast Asia
2017
Benvenuti A; Winand P; Guderzo M, 2015, The External Relations of the European Union, P.I.E. Lang, Brussels
2015
Winand P; Benvenuti A; Guderzo M, 2015, The external relations of the European Union: Historical and contemporary perspectives,
2015
Benvenuti A, 2008, Anglo-Australian Relations and the `Turn to Europe`, 1961-72, Original, Boydell & Brewer, London and New York
2008
Book Chapters
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Benvenuti A, 2018, 'US Diplomacy in Asia', in Handbook on the United States in Asia Managing Hegemonic Decline, Retaining Influence in the Trump Era, Edward Elgar Publishing,
2018
Benvenuti A, 2018, 'The US and Asia: The Evolving Strategic Context', in Handbook on the United States in Asia Managing Hegemonic Decline, Retaining Influence in the Trump Era, Edward Elgar Publishing,
2018
2018, 'US Diplomacy in Asia', in , Edward Elgar Publishing
2018
2018, 'The US and Asia: The Evolving Strategic Context', in , Edward Elgar Publishing
2018
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
2016
Benvenuti A, 2016, 'US relations with the PRC during the Cold War', in Tan AT H (ed.), Handbook of US-China Relations, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham (UK), pp. 44 - 61
2016
Benvenuti A; Guderzo M, 2015, 'The EU in International Affairs: A global Actor Sui Generis', in Benvenuti A; Winand P; Guderzo M (ed.), The External Relations of the European Union: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, P.I.E. Lang, Brussels, pp. 13 - 25,
2015
Benvenuti A, 2015, 'The International Relations of East Asia in a Historical Perspective', in Security and Conflict in East Asia, Routledge, pp. 15 - 23
2015
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,
2015
Benvenuti A; Murray P, 2013, 'EU-Australia Relations', in Christiansen T; Kirchner E; Murray PB (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations, PALGRAVE, pp. 603 - 617
2013
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
2009
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
2007
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
2006
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
2005
Journal articles
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Benvenuti A, 2018, 'Australia’s relations with the European Community in a historical perspective: an elusive partnership', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 72, pp. 194 - 207,
2018
Benvenuti A, 2017, 'Between myth and reality: the euro crisis and the downfall of Silvio Berlusconi', Journal of Modern Italian Studies, vol. 22, pp. 512 - 529,
2017
Benvenuti A, 2016, 'The Cold War in South Asia: Britain, the United States and the Indian subcontinent, 1945-1965', ASIAN STUDIES REVIEW, vol. 40, pp. 306 - 307,
2016
Benvenuti A, 2016, 'Italy, the Monti government and the euro crisis (2011-12)', Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, vol. 8, pp. 80 - 95,
2016
Murray P; Benvenuti A, 2014, 'EU-Australia Relations at Fifty: Reassessing a Troubled Relationship', Australian Journal of Politics & History, vol. 60, pp. 431 - 448,
2014
Jones D; Benvenuti A, 2013, 'Anachronism refuted or irrefutable? A reply to James Cotton', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 67, pp. 243 - 246,
2013
Benvenuti A, 2013, 'Safe for Decolonisation: The Eisenhower Administration, Britain and Singapore', DIPLOMATIC HISTORY, vol. 37, pp. 180 - 183,
2013
Benvenuti A, 2011, 'Opportunity or challenge? Australia and European integration, 1950-57', Australian Economic History Review, vol. 51, pp. 297 - 317,
2011
Benvenuti A, 2011, 'Difficult Partners: Indo-Australian Relations at the Height of the Cold War, 1949-1964', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 57, pp. 53 - 67,
2011
Benvenuti A, 2011, 'Ending "East of Suez": The British Decision to Withdraw from Malaysia and Singapore', ASIAN STUDIES REVIEW, vol. 35, pp. 572 - 573,
2011
Benvenuti A, 2011, 'Australia and Western European Integration', Journal of European Integration History/Revue d'Histoire de l'Integration Europeenne, vol. 17, pp. 219 - 236
2011
Benvenuti A, 2011, 'Book Review on L. Pham's Ending “East of Suez”: The British Decision to Withdraw from Malaysia and Singapore . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 264 pp. US$99.00, hardcover.', Asian Studies Review, vol. 35, pp. 572 - 573,
2011
Benvenuti A; Jones DM, 2011, 'Myth and Misrepresentation in Australian Foreign Policy: Menzies and Engagement with Asia', Journal of Cold War Studies, vol. 13, pp. 57 - 78,
2011
Benvenuti A; Jones DM, 2010, 'Engaging Southeast Asia? Labor's Regional Mithology and Australia's Military Withdrawal from Singapore and Malaya, 1972-73', Journal of Cold War Studies, vol. 12, pp. 32 - 62
2010
Benvenuti A; Dee M, 2010, 'The Five Power Defence Arrangements and the Reappraisal of the British and Australian Policy Interests in Southeast Asia, 1970-75', Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 41, pp. 101 - 123,
2010
Benvenuti A, 2009, 'The British are “taking to the boat”: Australian Attempts to Forestall Britain’s Military Disengagement from Southeast Asia, 1965-66', Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 20
2009
Benvenuti A, 2009, 'The heath government and British defence policy in Southeast Asia at the end of empire (1970-71)', Twentieth Century British History, vol. 20, pp. 53 - 73,
2009
Benvenuti A, 2007, 'Facing the inevitable: Britain's entry into the European community and Australia's policy, 1970-72', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 53, pp. 251 - 266,
2007
Jones DM; Benvenuti A, 2006, 'Tradition, Myth and the Dilemma of Australian Foreign Policy', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 60, pp. 103 - 124,
2006
Benvenuti A, 2006, 'Issues in Australian Foreign Policy, July-December 2005', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 52
2006
Benvenuti A, 2006, 'A Parting of the Ways: The British Military Withdrawal from Southeast Asia and its Critical Impact on Anglo-Australian Relations (1965-68)', Contemporary British History, vol. 20
2006
Benvenuti A, 2006, ''Layin' low and sayin' Nuffin': Australia's policy towards Britain's second bid to join the European economic community (1966-67)', Australian Economic History Review, vol. 46, pp. 155 - 175,
2006
Benvenuti A, 2006, 'Australian Reactions to Britain’s Declining Presence in Southeast Asia, 1955-63', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 34, pp. 407 - 429,
2006
Benvenuti A, 2005, 'Dealing with an Expanding European Community: Australia’s Attitude towards the EC’s First Enlargement', Journal of European Integration History, vol. 11
2005
Benvenuti A, 2005, 'The British Military withdrawal from Southeast Asia and its impact on Australia's Cold War strategic interests', Cold War History, vol. 5, pp. 189 - 210,
2005
Benvenuti A, 2004, 'Australia’s Foreign Policy in the Aftermath of 9/11’', Gesellschaft fur AustralienStudien Newsletter
2004
Other
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Benvenuti A, 2013, The Eisenhower Administration and the Decolonization of Singapore, Oxford University Press (OUP),
2013
Working Papers
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Benvenuti A, 2006, Australia’s Policy towards Britain’s 1970-72 Application to Join the EEC, London Papers in Australian Studies, 14,
2006
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,
2003