Laurea in Political Science and International Studies (University of Florence, Italy)
MA by research (Monash University, Australia),
D.Phil in International Relations (Oxford University, UK)
Andrea Benvenuti is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.
He is currently working on three book projects: the first focuses on India's foreign policy in the 1950s and early 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. The third one is a collaborative project that studies China's foreign policy behaviour from 1949 to the present.
National University of Singapore/Singapore Ministry of Education Research Grant (2015-2020)
Current Research Projects
Nehru’s Vision of Regional Order in the early Cold War
This project reassesses the full import of Jawaharlal Nehru’s Cold War strategy and regional policy in the mid-1950s. More specifically, its purpose is to offer a novel perspective on India’s role and influence in reshaping post-1945 Asia at a time when antagonistic visions of regional order clashed over the future character of the Asian state system. While no great power, India was by no means an insignificant player in the Asia of the 1950s and, thus, deserves much greater attention in the scholarly literature on the Cold War.
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 conceptualising 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.
China’s Foreign Policy Since 1949: Its Rise as a Great Power
This collaborative project involving three other scholars of China's foreign policy revisits China’s role in the world since the establishment of Mao Zedong’s communist regime in 1949. In so doing, it seeks to understand the impact of China’s rise on its foreign policy and how Beijing has used an array of foreign policy instruments to pursue its expanding national interests internationally
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London)
Member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
My Research Supervision
theses on Australian foreign policy and Burma's foreign policy
I am currently teaching:
ARTS 2817: Diplomacy and Statecraft
ARTS 3783: Great and Emerging Powers
POLS 5129: The Foreign Policies of the Great Powers