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.

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The Director’s Chair: Rory Stewart on the adventures and disappointments of modern politics
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Rory Stewart on the adventures and disappointments of modern politics
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with former diplomat, traveller, author and politician, Rory Stewart, a man whose life so far has been both…
The Director’s Chair: Dennis Richardson on Australian politics and foreign policy, the United States and China
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Dennis Richardson on Australian politics and foreign policy, the United States and China
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with legendary Australian official Dennis Richardson.
Commentary
Australians haven’t given up on the United States — yet
Originally published in The Washington Post.
The Director's Chair: David Miliband on British politics and COVID-19 in humanitarian crises
Podcasts
The Director's Chair: David Miliband on British politics and COVID-19 in humanitarian crises
In this episode of The Director's Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with former British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband.
The Director’s Chair Ep3: Enrico Letta on global leadership, COVID-19, and the European project
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair Ep3: Enrico Letta on global leadership, COVID-19, and the European project
In the third episode of The Director's Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with former Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, about running a major European power, his relationship…
The Director’s Chair Ep2: Lord Mervyn King on COVID-19, radical uncertainty and economic forecasting
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair Ep2: Lord Mervyn King on COVID-19, radical uncertainty and economic forecasting
In the second episode of The Director's Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Lord Mervyn King about COVID-19, global economic downturn, the UK's response to the virus, Brexit, and…
The Director’s Chair Ep. 1: Susan Glasser and Peter Baker on COVID-19, America and Trump
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair Ep. 1: Susan Glasser and Peter Baker on COVID-19, America and Trump
In the first episode of The Director's Chair, a new Lowy Institute podcast, Michael Fullilove speaks with Susan Glasser of The New Yorker and Peter Baker of The New York Times…
Analyses
The World After COVID
How will the COVID-19 pandemic change the world? Lowy Institute experts provide their analysis.
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