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. He currently serves as 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 world leaders including Joe Biden, Angela Merkel, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Aung San Suu Kyi, Lee Hsien Loong, Boris Johnson and Jake Sullivan, 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.

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. 
The Director’s Chair: Dr Robert Dallek on the U.S. presidency and the 2020 election
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Dr Robert Dallek on the U.S. presidency and the 2020 election
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Dr Robert Dallek, the distinguished presidential historian. 
Speeches
2016 Event | An address from Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States
In 2016, the Lowy Institute and the United States Studies Centre hosted then-Vice President, Joe Biden, on the Australia-US relationship.
The New Biden Administration: A Lowy Institute Collection
Commentary
The New Biden Administration: A Lowy Institute Collection
On this page, we have curated the best publications, conversations and event recordings to help you understand the foreign policy implications of Joe Biden's presidency.
The Director’s Chair: Joe Biden's senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, on Russia, China, climate diplomacy and Australia
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Joe Biden's senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, on Russia, China, climate diplomacy and Australia
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Jake Sullivan, the senior policy adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Vice President Joe Biden.
Commentary
Australia will benefit if American craziness subsides
Originally published in Sydney Morning Herald.
The Director’s Chair: Dr Thomas Wright on the 2020 presidential election and US foreign policy
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Dr Thomas Wright on the 2020 presidential election and US foreign policy
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with one of the world’s leading Trumpologists, Dr Thomas Wright. 
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