Introducing Guest Newsletter Essayist, Adam Henry

Dr. Adam Hughes Henry  is a Visiting Fellow of the School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University. He also teaches History and International Studies at the University of Canberra.

He is the author of Independent Nation: The Evolution of Australian Foreign Policy 1901-1946 - Australia, the British Empire and the Origins of Australian-Indonesian Relations, Charles Darwin University Press, 2010. His new book is The Gatekeepers of Australian Foreign Policy 1950-1966, Australian Scholarly Publishing.

His current research can be viewed at 'Mass Killings, Massacre and Atrocities - Representations and Reactions to Violence'.

Recent Book by Adam Henry
The Gatekeepers of Australian Foreign Policy 1950–1966
  • Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing (August, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781925003499

Book Description

The transition from the liberal foreign policy approach of the Chifley Labor government to the more strident anti-communism of the conservative Menzies government after 1949 is a significant event in 20th-century Australian history. During the period 1950–1966 the Menzies government faced a range of challenges such as relations with the USA, responses to the USSR and China and the question of Indonesia and decolonisation in post-war South East Asia. In response the Menzies Government developed new foreign policies, encouraged a particular style of diplomacy and helped to establish a new Cold War attitude towards Australian international affairs.

This period saw growing interest from politicians, diplomats and academics for developing new types of foreign policy analysis about communism in South East Asia, or the Cold War in general. While some networks between politics, bureaucracy and academia linked to foreign policy analysis had existed in the 1930s and 1940s, from the 1950s new and more powerful relationships were being established. Various academics, many from the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) and the Australian National University (ANU) forged close and ongoing contacts with the DEA. The relationships between small groups of key individuals and institutions ultimately wielded significant influence on issues such as the Cold War and Australian foreign policy debates.

Recent Articles by Adam Henry
  • 'Polluting the Waters – A brief history of anti-communist propaganda during the Indonesian Massacres', Genocide Studies International, Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2014 pp. 153–175 (Peer Reviewed).

  • 'The Role of Propaganda during the Indonesian Massacres', ISAA Review Independent Scholars Association of Australia, Vol 13 No 1 2014, pp.85–105. (Peer reviewed).

  • 'Reflections on Dr. John Wear Burton: The Forgotten Mandarin?' ISAA Review Independent Scholars Association of Australia, Volume 12 Number 1, 2013, pp. 67–84. (Peer reviewed).

  • 'Beyond the Hot Debate: Social and Policy Implications of Climate Change in Australia', Volume X, Number 2, November 2011, Asia Pacific Perspectives, University of San Francisco Centre for the Pacific Rim, pp.103-116, electronic version available. (Peer reviewed).