Australia goes to Washington


The Hon Kim Christian Beazley AC is President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Distinguished Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Senior Fellow at the Perth US Asia Centre and Board Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. He was Australian Ambassador to the United States from 2010 to 2016. Having been elected to the federal Parliament in 1980, he was Special Minister of State (1983–84), Minister for Aviation (1983–84), Minister for Defence (1984–90), Vice-President of the Executive Council (1988–92), Minister for Transport and Communication (1990–91), Minister for Finance (1991), Minister for Employment, Education and Training (1991–93) and Minister for Finance (1993–96). He was Leader of the Opposition (1996–2001 and 2005–06). His publications include The Politics of Intrusion: The Super Powers in the Indian Ocean (1979).

Frank Bongiorno is Professor in History at The Australian National University and co-edited, with Carl Bridge and David Lee, The High Commissioners: Australia’s Representatives in the United Kingdom 1910–2010 (2010) for which he wrote the chapter on John Beasley. He has published on Australian foreign policy in the Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Historical Studies and Irish Historical Studies and is author or co-author of four books, including The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia (2015). He has also edited the Australian Historical Association’s journal, History Australia.

Carl Bridge FRHS is Professor of Australian Studies, King’s College London. He taught in the History departments at Flinders and the University of New England before his appointment to his current position in 1997. He has held visiting fellowships at Churchill College and Clare Hall, Cambridge, the National Library of Australia, and the Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Canberra. His current research falls into four areas: the history of Australian diplomacy and defence; war and society in 20th-century Australia; Australian historiography; and the history of the British world. Among his many publications are as editor of A Delicate Mission: the Wartime Diaries of R.G. Casey 1940–42 (2008) and as co-editor of The High Commissioners: Australia’s Representatives in the United Kingdom 1910–2010 (2010).

James Cotton FAIIA is Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy. He was a Procter Fellow at Princeton University, and studied at the Beijing Language Institute. He was Australia Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington DC, 2009, and Harold White Fellow, National Library, 2013. Between 1997 and 2003, James Cotton was a foundation member of the Foreign Minister Alexander Downer’s Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. His most recent books are Middle Power Dreaming: Australia in World Affairs 2006–2010 (with John Ravenhill) (2012); Australia and the United Nations (2012) (with David Lee); and The Australian School of International Relations (2013). His current project is a work in the Documents on Australian Foreign Policy series covering the period 1920–36.

Peter Edwards AM FAIIA is an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University and has published extensively on the history of Australia’s national security policies. His most recent book is Australia and the Vietnam War (2014). As the Official Historian of Australia’s involvement in Southeast Asian conflicts 1948–75 (Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam), he was general editor of the nine-volume Official History and author of the volumes dealing with strategy and diplomacy, Crises and Commitments (1992) and A Nation at War (1997). He is also the author of Arthur Tange: Last of the Mandarins (2006), Permanent Friends? Historical Reflections on the Australian-American Alliance (2005), and Prime Ministers and Diplomats (1983); the editor of Defence Policy-Making (2008) and Australia Through American Eyes (1977); and one of the founding editors of the series of Documents on Australian Foreign Policy

Jeremy Hearder is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and Stanford University. He spent 38 years in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which included serving overseas in Vientiane, Dar Es Salaam, Bangkok, Nairobi, Brussels, Harare (as High Commissioner), Suva (as High Commissioner), Chicago (as Consul General) and Wellington. Afterwards he became a part-time consultant in the department, and is the author of Jim Plim: A Biography of Sir James Plimsoll (2015).

Matthew Jordan is a senior historian in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is the author of A Spirit of True Learning: The Jubilee History of the University of New England (2004) and co-editor with Joan Beaumont of Australia and the World: A Festschrift for Neville Meaney (2013). He is currently editing volumes on Australia and Southern Africa and preparing a major study of Australia and the White Australia Policy.

David Lee is Director of the Historical Publications and Research Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and General Editor of the Documents on Australian Foreign Policy series. He is co-author with Russell Parkin of Great White Fleet to Coral Sea: Naval Strategy and the Development of Australia-United States Relations, 1900–1945 (2008) and author of Stanley Melbourne Bruce: Australian Internationalist (2010) and The Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia (2016).

David Lowe FASSA is Chair in Contemporary History, Deakin University. He is a co-founder of the Australian Policy and History network and a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Editorial Advisory Board, advising the Australian Foreign Minister with respect to the Documents on Australian Foreign Policy series. He has published on Australia’s involvement in wars, including the Cold War, and on aspects of Australia’s overseas policies after the Second World War. He has authored or co-authored four books: Menzies and the Great World Struggle: Australia’s Cold War 1948–1954 (1999); Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making 1941–1969 (with Joan Beaumont, Chris Waters and Garry Woodard) (2003); Australian Between Empires: the Life of Percy Spender (2010); and, Remembering the Cold War (with Tony Joel) (2013).

Christopher Waters is an Associate Professor in Australian and international history at Deakin University. He has published widely on Australian international history, Australia’s relationship with the United Kingdom and the decolonisation of the European Empires. He is the author of The Empire Fractures: Anglo-Australian Conflict in the 1940s (1995); joint editor of Evatt to Evans: The Labor Tradition in Australian Foreign Policy (1997); co-author with Joan Beaumont and David Lowe of Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making 1941–1969 (2003); and author of Australia and Appeasement: Imperial Foreign Policy and the Origins of the World War II (2012).