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Dr Peter Edwards

Dr Peter Edwards

Position: Adjunct Professor
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Brief Biography

Dr Edwards is arguably the pre-eminent historian of Australian foreign and defence policies. He has held positions such as Official Historian (Southeast Asian Conflicts) and Executive Director, Australian Centre for American Studies (University of Sydney); and his many publications attract attention and
favourable review both in Australia and internationally. Dr Edwards' work unfolds according to research priorities set by senior public servants and politicians; and therefore assists ADRI to fulfill its mission to address problems of local, national and international importance in collaboration with industry and government.

Peter Edwards was the Official Historian and general editor of the nine-volume Official History of Australia’s Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948–1975. He was also the author of the volumes dealing with politics, strategy and diplomacy, Crises and Commitments (1992) and A Nation at War (1997). His other books include Robert Marsden Hope and Australian Public Policy (2011), Arthur Tange: Last of the Mandarins (2006), Permanent Friends? Historical Reflections on the Australian-American Alliance (2005), and Prime Ministers and Diplomats (1983). Currently an Adjunct Professor at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute of Deakin University, he is a Member of the Order of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, and a former Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

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