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Media and Communications Manager

Shane McLeod is the Lowy Institute's Media and Communications Manager. Prior to this role, he was a Research Fellow for the Institute's Australia-PNG Network.

Before joining the Institute, he was a senior editor at ABC News in roles where he managed its Sydney newsroom and the flagship radio programs AM, The World Today, and PM.  He is a former foreign correspondent with postings in Japan and Papua New Guinea, as well as reporting assignments throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He has also worked as a journalist in regional Queensland, Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra.

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Project Director, Australia-PNG Network

Australian foreign policy in the Pacific; Australia-PNG relations; geopolitics in the Pacific; Melanesia; conflict analysis and fragile states

Research Fellow, Pacific Islands Program

Aid and development policy in the Pacific; Refugee resettlement to Australia; Humanitarian and refugee challenges in Myanmar

Lead Economist and Director, International Economics Program

International economic policy; Asia Pacific economies; macroeconomics; economic development; aid and development finance; globalisation; geo-economics.  

Research Associate, Australia’s Security and the Rules Based Order Project

Disinformation, grey zone operations, machine learning, propaganda, soft power, information warfare, broadcast and social media.

Director, Southeast Asia Program

Indo-Pacific strategy; Australian foreign policy; Southeast Asia.

Research Editor

Australian foreign policy news; long-form strategic, security, political and economic research publishing.

Director, Australia’s Security and the Rules-Based Order Project

Australian national security policy; International rules and norms; US foreign policy; the Middle East

Research Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program

China’s state-society relations, Chinese civil society, NGOs, development, social policy, philanthropy, Overseas Chinese communities, Australia-China relations

Senior Fellow for East Asia

China’s political system and the workings and structure of the communist party; China’s foreign relations, with an emphasis on ties with Japan, the two Koreas, and Southeast Asia; Australia’s relations with Asia.

Director of Research

Expertise: Global governance; Indo-Pacific strategy; Southeast Asia; Myanmar; Data-driven analysis

Research Associate, Southeast Asia Program

Australian Foreign Policy, Foreign Aid and Development, Indian Foreign Policy, Indo-Pacific and the Quad.

Director, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program

China’s domestic politics; public opinion polling; human rights; Australian foreign policy; Taiwan; Indo-Pacific strategy

Project Director, Development Economics in Asia and the Pacific

Politics and economics in Asia and the Pacific; Aid and international development policy.

Managing Editor, The Interpreter

Australian foreign policy and politics; Australia’s intelligence services; international relations in Asia

Director, International Security Program

Australian foreign and defence policy, China’s military forces, US defence and foreign policy, drones and other military technology. Also, trends in global democracy.

Research Fellow, Transnational Challenges

Terrorism and violent extremism; digital technology; disinformation; authoritarianism; national security; emergency management and countering violent extremism; crisis and natural disasters; radicalisation; counterterrorism; policy; Middle East; US national security

Executive Director

Australian foreign policy; US politics and foreign policy; Asia and the Pacific; Global institutions

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