Iain Henry

Dr Iain Henry




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Iain Henry

Iain Henry is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. His research focuses on alliance politics, with a particular emphasis on how states assess the reliability of their allies. His PhD dissertation, completed in 2017, examines the issues of reliability and interdependence within America’s network of alliances in Asia. His research interests include Asian security, the Cold War in Asia, diplomatic history and Australian strategic policy.

Iain holds a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) with 1st Class Honours from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales. In 2014 he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. A graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, he has previously worked for the Australian Army, the Australian Public Service, and Qantas Airways.

Iain’s research has appeared in the Australian Journal of International Affairs and Security Challenges. He has also published commentary in The Canberra Times and the Nikkei Asian Review.

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