The Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Dr Michael Fullilove, today announced that former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Dr Kurt Campbell will join the Institute as its inaugural Distinguished International Fellow.
‘Dr Campbell was a key member of the Obama administration’s first-term foreign policy team, and was a leading author of America's rebalance toward Asia, President Obama’s most important foreign policy initiative to date,’ said Dr Fullilove.
‘Kurt is well known and respected in Australia and throughout Asia. He will make a very substantial contribution to the Australian debate during his Fellowship, at a time when the Obama administration's second-term foreign policy is coalescing.'
Dr Campbell said: ‘I have always had enormous respect for the Lowy Institute, whose reports are read closely in Washington, D.C. and other capitals. I look forward to joining Michael and his colleagues at the Institute later this year and participating in Australia’s public conversation.’
The Distinguished International Fellowship is a new initiative from the Lowy Institute to bring an internationally recognised intellectual and policy leader to Australia. Dr Campbell will visit Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra in November for speeches, meetings and media appointments. His Fellowship will continue beyond his visit to Australia.
During his Fellowship, Dr Campbell will deliver the inaugural Owen Harries Lecture in Sydney. This new Lecture recognises the enormous contribution Mr Harries has made to the international policy debate in both Australia and the United States.
The principal sponsor of the Lowy Institute Distinguished International Fellowship is Qantas, a corporate member of the Lowy Institute.