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Andrea Fahey


MA: Political Communications Management. Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) BA Honours: International Relations. National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Contact details

Room: Crawford +61 2 6125 9348

Andrea commenced her PhD study at the National Security College in January 2015. She is a Political expert having dealt with five different electoral cycles during United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) 2007 and 2012 elections, and United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) 2010 elections. She was also involved in the development of a Timorese NGO in the area of government staff education during 2008-2009. As part of her international work she has travelled widely and visited many of the world’s hot spots, including Uganda, Lebanon, Syria, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. She was an Executive Advisor to Mexican Ambassador in Australia, having demonstrated expertise in Political, Economic and Cultural affairs. Her research expertise comes from a deep knowledge of Timor-Leste and the Pacific Region through the Australian National University (ANU) - National Security College Doctoral program 2015-2018; her previous research experience was the Mexican Autonomous National University (UNAM) Honours degree where she presented a 40000 word thesis. Her Honours’s thesis was nominated for best thesis year 2006.

Andrea’s main research interests include: Australia’s strategic relation with Timor-Leste; UN peacekeeping missions; democratic processes in South East Asia and the Portuguese colonial system in South East Asia. Thesis topic Her thesis work at the NSC is Australia’s strategic relation with Timor-Leste. Her focus is on the compilation of primary source materials from Australian, British, American and Portuguese Archives.

PhD programme

National Security College

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Australia's strategic relation with Timor-Leste

Topic description

This is a historical research of Australia’s interactions with Timor-Leste from Second World War to the beginning of Suharto Era.


Dividing up the Timor Sea’ in Policy Forum, 14 February 2017 Peer Reviewed Paper: ‘Portuguese Timor and Second World War: conflicting narratives on common heritage’ in Veritas-Revista Científica da Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e vol,4 - nº 2 Dec 2016 BA (Honours) Thesis: El proceso de independencia de Timor-Leste: la emergencia de un Nuevo país en el siglo XXI (The independence process of Timor-Leste: A new country’s emergence in the 21st Century), UNAM 2006, 150pp.

Scholarships and fellowships

Australian Government Research Training Program 2017 to Date Vice-Chancellor Travel Grants 2016 Australian Postgraduate Awards 2015-2016

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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