Rory Medcalf

Director, International Security Program
Lowy Institute for International Policy

Rory Medcalf is Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute and a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. His professional background spans diplomacy, journalism and intelligence analysis. He has worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Canberra's peak intelligence analysis agency. His experience as an Australian diplomat included a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control and disarmament including the Canberra Commission and the Tokyo Forum. His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys. He has a First Class Honours Degree in Government and a University Medal from the University of Queensland. 

Mr Medcalf has been active in developing Australia's relations with India. He has been Associate Director of the Australia-India Institute and Senior Research Fellow on India Strategic Affairs at the University of New South Wales. He is the founding convener and co-chair of the Australia-India Roundtable, the leading informal dialogue between the two countries.

In early 2014 the Australian Government appointed him to an expert panel providing independent advice on the 2015 Defence White Paper.  His current research areas include Australia's strategic and defence challenges, the further development of his work on an Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment, and prospects for maritime and nuclear stability in Indo-Pacific Asia, on which he is leading two major projects funded by the MacArthur Foundation. 

Mr Medcalf is a member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security, and a nonresident fellow with the Seapower Centre of the Royal Australian Navy. In January 2015, he will take up the post of Professor and Head of the National Security College, Australian National University, while retaining an association with the Lowy Institute as a Nonresident Fellow.