David Lowe

David Lowe is Chair in Contemporary History in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. David is a co-founder of the Australian Policy and History network. His research centres on cultural aspects of the history of international relations, including Australia’s role in the world, and on remembering the legacies of modern wars and empires in comparative contexts. His recent publications include (with Carola Lentz) Remembering Independence (Routledge, 2018) and (edited with David Lee and Carl Bridge) Australia Goes to Washington: 75 Years of Australian Representation in the United States, 1940–2015 (ANU Press, 2016). He also researches the history of postwar foreign aid, including the Colombo Plan and Australia’s foreign aid program.

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Rising Power and Changing People »

The Australian High Commission in India

Publication date: 2022
Beginning in 1943–44, Australia’s relationship with India is its oldest continuous formal diplomatic relationship with any Asian country. The early diplomatic exchanges between Australia and India have teased for their suggestions of potential unrealised, for opportunities missed, especially when compared with the very recent excitement about the future of Australia–India relations. How did Australia’s representatives and their staff in New Delhi negotiate the many dimensions of Australia–India relations? This book brings together expert analyses of the work of the Australian High Commission, its key people and the challenges they faced in New Delhi. The important India Economic Strategy to 2035 report handed to the Australian Government in mid-2018 begins with the comment: ‘Timing has always been a challenge in Australia’s relationship with India.’ As the Australian Government works to implement some of the ambitious recommendations in the report, this book adds to our understanding of why timing has been a challenge, and how those at the coalface of the relationship have grappled with it.

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Australia goes to Washington »

75 years of Australian representation in the United States, 1940–2015

Publication date: December 2016
Since 1940, when an Australian legation was established in Washington DC, Australian governments have expected much from their representatives in the American capital. This book brings together expert analyses of those who have served as heads of mission and of the challenges they have faced. Ranging beyond conventional studies of the Australian–United States relationship, it provides insights into the dynamics between Australian and US policymakers and into the culture of one of Australia’s oldest and most important overseas missions. It provides an appreciation of the importance of the embassy and the head of mission in Washington in mediating the relationship between Australia and the United States and of their role in managing expectations in Canberra and Washington. Australia Goes to Washington also sheds new light on personal trials and achievements at the coalface of Australian–United States relations.