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.

A three-dimensional foreign policy
Analyses
A three-dimensional foreign policy
The Executive Director of the Lowy Institute addressed the National Press Club of Australia on the foreign policy and international security challenges for Australia's new…
Foreign espionage: An Australian perspective
Speeches
Foreign espionage: An Australian perspective
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, ASIS Director-General Paul Symon addressed the Lowy Institute on the past, present and future…
Conversations: Gareth Evans on Good International Citizenship
Podcasts
Conversations: Gareth Evans on Good International Citizenship
In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans speaks to Executive Director Michael Fullilove about his new book Good…
Commentary
America and Australia Are Back on the Same Page
How Biden Revived the Alliance. Originally published in Foreign Affairs.
"Building a global network of liberty" - Address by the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
Speeches
"Building a global network of liberty" - Address by the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
On Friday 21 January 2022, the Lowy Institute hosted the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom, the Rt Hon Elizabeth…
Commentary
Settling in for long, fruitful innings with new partner India
Originally published in The Australian.
Speeches
Australia, India and the Indo-Pacific: The need for strategic imagination
The Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Dr Michael Fullilove AM, gave the 2nd Atal Bihari Vajpayee Memorial Lecture at the invitation of the Ministry of External Affairs of…
Commentary
America Is Up—and China Is Down—in Asia
But U.S. Power Faces Threats at Home. Originally published in Foreign Affairs. 
In Conversation: Kurt Campbell, White House Indo-Pacific Coordinator
Speeches
In Conversation: Kurt Campbell, White House Indo-Pacific Coordinator
The White House Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell spoke to Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove on the first day of the digital conference 'The Indo-Pacific…
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