David Lowe

David Lowe FASSA is Chair in Contemporary History, Deakin University. He is a co-founder of the Australian Policy and History network and a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Editorial Advisory Board, advising the Australian Foreign Minister with respect to the Documents on Australian Foreign Policy series. He has published on Australia’s involvement in wars, including the Cold War, and on aspects of Australia’s overseas policies after the Second World War. He has authored or co-authored four books: Menzies and the Great World Struggle: Australia’s Cold War 1948–1954 (1999); Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making 1941–1969 (with Joan Beaumont, Chris Waters and Garry Woodard) (2003); Australian Between Empires: the Life of Percy Spender (2010); and, Remembering the Cold War (with Tony Joel) (2013).

Australia goes to Washington »

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

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.