Michael Fullilove

Executive Director
Michael Fullilove
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Dr Michael Fullilove AM is the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute.

Over the past two decades, Dr Fullilove has played a leading role in the establishment and development of the Lowy Institute. He wrote the Institute’s feasibility study for Sir Frank Lowy in 2002 and served as the Director of its Global Issues Program from 2003 until his appointment as Executive Director in 2012. He has also worked as a lawyer, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and an adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating. Currently he serves as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings, a Commissioner of the CSIS-Chumir Global Dialogue, and a member of the Advisory Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.

Dr Fullilove writes widely on Australian foreign policy, US foreign policy and global issues in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Australian press. He is a sought-after speaker and commentator who is quoted regularly in publications such as The Economist and appears on broadcasters such as the ABC, the BBC and CNN. He graduated in arts and law from the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, with dual university medals. He also studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he completed a master’s degree and a doctorate in international relations.

Dr Fullilove is the author of a number of books, including Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World (Penguin), which won the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He is the editor of Men and Women of Australia! Our Greatest Modern Speeches (Viking), and the co-editor of Reports from a Turbulent Decade (Viking), an anthology of the Lowy Institute’s best work. In 2015 Dr Fullilove delivered the Boyer Lectures. His lectures were published as A Larger Australia: The ABC 2015 Boyer Lectures (Penguin).

In his capacity as Executive Director and as the host of The Director’s Chair podcast, Dr Fullilove has hosted many international leaders including Joe Biden, Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson, Mark Rutte, Jens Stoltenberg, Jake Sullivan, Fareed Zakaria and Margaret MacMillan, as well as ten Australian prime ministers.

In 2019 Dr Fullilove was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to international relations.

The Director’s Chair: Michèle Flournoy on her life and career, China’s rise and America’s resilience
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Michèle Flournoy on her life and career, China’s rise and America’s resilience
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with the distinguished policymaker and policy entrepreneur Michèle Flournoy. 
Commentary
Biden’s diplomatic team debut is heartening for Australia
Canberra wants Beijing and Washington to manage their contest, so that the rest of us can get on with making our way in the world. Originally published in the Australian Financial…
The Director’s Chair: Marcus Wallenberg on the Wallenberg family, the global economy and COVID
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Marcus Wallenberg on the Wallenberg family, the global economy and COVID
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with international business leader Marcus Wallenberg. 
The Director’s Chair: Frances Adamson on her career, Australian diplomacy and relations with China
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Frances Adamson on her career, Australian diplomacy and relations with China
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson. 
The Director’s Chair: General David Petraeus on his career, the Biden administration, and China
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: General David Petraeus on his career, the Biden administration, and China
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with General David Petraeus who led the 2007 surge in Iraq, headed up the US Central Command, commanded US and…
The new Biden administration: a Lowy Institute collection
Research Notes
The new Biden administration: a Lowy Institute collection
The new Biden administration: a Lowy Institute collection
Commentary
America’s best chance for unity
Published on 23 January 2021 in the Australian Financial Review.
The Director’s Chair: Biographer Evan Osnos on President-elect Joe Biden.
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Biographer Evan Osnos on President-elect Joe Biden.
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Evan Osnos, the award-winning journalist, author and staff writer for The New Yorker. 
The Director’s Chair: Dr Kurt Campbell on pivoting to Asia and competition with China
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Dr Kurt Campbell on pivoting to Asia and competition with China
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with one of the leading US Democratic voices on foreign policy, Kurt Campbell. 
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