Dr Iain Henry

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific


Iain Henry is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor equivalent) 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 his 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 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 is willing to consider 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


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