Dr Iain D. Henry

Senior Lecturer
College of Asia & the Pacific


Iain D. Henry is a Senior Lecturer 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 research interests include Asian security, the Cold War in Asia, diplomatic history and Australian strategic policy.

Iain completed a PhD and MA at the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Arts at 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 International Security, Contemporary Politics, the Australian Journal of International Affairs and Security Challenges. He has published commentary in The Canberra Times and the Nikkei Asian Review, as well as through blogs such as Lawfare.  


Available student projects

Dr Henry invites applications from prospective Honours and Masters (Advanced) students interested in working on alliance theory and the history of U.S. alliances in Asia.  He especially seeks applicants interested in the scholarly research and analysis of:


  • Alliance institutionalisation in Asia
  • Bargaining over preference ordering within alliances
  • US alliances and the Third Taiwan Strait crisis


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  26 January 2021 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers