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Brian is a historian of twentieth century international politics and US foreign relations. His research explores the changing legal frameworks of international and national security, and his current book project examines how the American use of military force during the Vietnam War reshaped the legal architecture of war and our understanding of legitimate killing. Prior to his academic career, Brian prepared assessments of regional strategic and political affairs as an analyst in New Zealand's Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and in his teaching at Macquarie University he draws on both his academic and professional backgrounds to help students develop their strategic, analytical, and ethical thinking skills.

Research interests

International Law, National Security Law
United States in the world
New Zealand in the world


PICT813, History of Intelligence (2018, 2019)
PICT320, Ethics of Security (2017, 2018)
PICT851, Strategic Thinkers (2016, 2017)
PICT212, Modern Warfare (2016)

Research student supervision

Brian welcomes enquiries from potential MRes and PhD students interested in researching and writing on historical or contemporary aspects of war, intelligence, international law, the United States in the world, or New Zealand in the world.

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, Cornell University

International Relations, MA, Yale University

Diplomacy and International Relations, BA (Hons), University of Canterbury

History and Political Science, BA, University of Canterbury

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Research Outputs 2017 2019

  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference book
  • 1 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review
  • 1 Article

To build as well as destroy: American nation building in South Vietnam

Cuddy, B., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Pacific Historical Review. 88, 4, p. 769-770 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearch

Viet Nam

US foreign relations and international law

Cuddy, B., Apr 2019, Oxford research encyclopedia of American history. Butler, J. (ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference bookResearchpeer-review

international law
international relations
sovereign right
collective security

Was it legal for the U.S. to bomb Cambodia?

Cuddy, B., 12 Dec 2017, The New York Times.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access

Activities 2018 2019

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

Fredrik Logevall

Brian Cuddy (Host)
12 Aug 201916 Aug 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

The U.S. Intelligence Community’s Evolving Assessment of Asia Pacific Threats after the Vietnam War

Brian Cuddy (Speaker)
15 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

The Vietnam War in the Pacific World

Brian Cuddy (Organiser)
15 Aug 201916 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

What is War Now? Armed Conflict in the New International History

Brian Cuddy (Speaker)
24 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

The Logic of Reprisal in US Vietnam War Policy Debates

Brian Cuddy (Speaker)
6 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation