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.

2021 Owen Harries Lecture - Mathias Cormann
Speeches
2021 Owen Harries Lecture - Mathias Cormann
The 2021 Owen Harries Lecture was given on 24 November 2021 by Hon. Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General of the OECD. After the lecture, Mr Cormann spoke in conversation with the…
The Director’s Chair: Penny Wong on politics, China, and the job of Foreign Minister
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Penny Wong on politics, China, and the job of Foreign Minister
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Senator Penny Wong, the Shadow Foreign Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
The Director’s Chair: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on the United Nations, China and climate change
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on the United Nations, China and climate change
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with the former Jordanian diplomat, UN High Commissioner for  Human  Rights and think tank president  Dr  Zeid …
The Director’s Chair: Bob Zoellick on the World Bank, China, and the Republican Party
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Bob Zoellick on the World Bank, China, and the Republican Party
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with the long-time public official, policymaker, and former President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick
The Director’s Chair: Margaret MacMillan on history’s lessons, Richard Nixon, and China’s rise
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Margaret MacMillan on history’s lessons, Richard Nixon, and China’s rise
Michael Fullilove speaks with the distinguished Canadian historian and award-winning author, Professor Margaret MacMillan
Commentary
What a new defence pact reveals about America
A deal between the United States, Britain, and Australia serves as a rebuttal of the argument that Washington is in retreat. First published in The Atlantic.
Beyond Fortress Australia
Interactives
Beyond Fortress Australia
The reality of living in a pandemic has dawned on Australia. Covid cases at the time of writing are high and still climbing. The virus is here to stay. Equally clear is that ring…
The Director’s Chair: John Howard on Australia-China relations, the Afghanistan War, and COVID
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: John Howard on Australia-China relations, the Afghanistan War, and COVID
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with John Howard, Australia’s 25th Prime Minister
9/11: A President reacts on a day of fear and anger
9/11: A President reacts on a day of fear and anger
An absorbing new documentary captures the first response of the Bush administration to the horror inflicted on America.
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