Elsina Wainwright

Elsina Wainwright photo

BA LLB (Hons) Qld, MPhil DPhil Oxford
Adjunct Associate Professor

Room 386
H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9036 9252
Fax: +61 2 9351 3624

Dr Elsina Wainwright's research interests include conflict prevention, fragile states, statebuilding, Asia Pacific security issues, US foreign and defence policy, Australian foreign and defence policy, the South Pacific, and international development. Currently based in New York, she is a Senior Fellow in Conflict Prevention at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.

From 2002 to 2006, she was the Strategy and International Program Director at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), and was then a Visiting Fellow at ASPI until 2007. Prior to joining ASPI, she was an Associate with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and a consultant political analyst for the International Crisis Group in Bosnia. She studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where she completed both her Masters and Doctorate in International Relations. While at Oxford, she was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at Oriel College.



Journal Article/s

Wainwright E 2006 'Precarious State: Afghanistan and the International and Australian Response', Australian Strategic Policy Institute Insight, vol.23

Wainwright E 2006 'Australia's Solomon Islands Commitment: How is it Progressing?', The Sydney Papers, vol.18:1, pp. 181-91


Book Section/s

Wainwright E and Reilly B 2005 'The South Pacific' in Making States Work: State Failure and the Crisis of Governance, ed. S Chesterman, M Ignatieff and R Thakur, United Nations University Press, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 122-42

Wainwright E 2005 'State Weakness in the South Pacific and Australia's Policy Shift' in The State of the North: A Selection of Papers from the 2003 Charles Darwin Symposia, ed. T Lea and B Wilson, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, Australia, pp. 149-53

Journal Article/s

Wainwright E 2005 'How is RAMSI Faring? Progress, Challenges, and Lessons Learned', Australian Strategic Policy Institute Insight, vol.14

Wainwright E and Harris M 2005 'Lektionen aus dem Sudpazifik', Internationale Politik, vol.9, pp. 54-61


Wainwright E and Anderson I 2005 'Asia: Analytical Report for the White Paper on Australia's Aid Program',


Journal Article/s

Wainwright E and White H 2004 'Strengthening Our Neighbour: Australia and the Future of Papua New Guinea', Australian Strategic Policy Institute Insight

Wainwright E 2004 'Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Australia's Policy Shift', The Sydney Papers, vol.16:2, pp. 123-32

Wainwright E 2004 'Police Join the Front Line: Building Australia's International Policing Capability', Australian Strategic Policy Institute Insight, vol.1


Journal Article/s

Wainwright E 2003 'Responding to State Failure: The Case of Australia and the Solomon Islands', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol.57:3, pp. 485-98


Wainwright E and White H 2003 'Danger and Opportunity: Australia and the North Korea Crisis',

Wainwright E and White H 2003 'Building the Peace: Australia and the Future of Iraq',



Wainwright E and White H 2002 'New Neighbour, New Challenge: Australia and the Security of East Timor',



Wainwright E, Evans G, Thompson M and Wheeler M 2001 'Bosnia: Reshaping the International Machinery',