Michael Fullilove

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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.

Lowy Institute 2020 Media Award Presentation
Podcasts
Lowy Institute 2020 Media Award Presentation
Now in its eighth year, the Lowy Institute Media Award is Australia’s premier award for recognising excellence in foreign affairs journalism. It is presented to an Australian…
The Director’s Chair: Steve Hadley on his career, the individuals he met and the leaders he served
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Steve Hadley on his career, the individuals he met and the leaders he served
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Stephen Hadley, the former national security adviser to President George W. Bush. 
The Director’s Chair: Governor-General David Hurley on soldiering and representing Australia
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The Director’s Chair: Governor-General David Hurley on soldiering and representing Australia
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Australia’s Governor-General, His Excellency David Hurley. 
The Director’s Chair: Ambassador Nicholas Burns on diplomacy, presidents and American power
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The Director’s Chair: Ambassador Nicholas Burns on diplomacy, presidents and American power
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Professor at Harvard University, Executive Director of the Aspen Strategy Group,…
The Director’s Chair: Jake Sullivan on Donald Trump, Joe Biden and America’s role in the world
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The Director’s Chair: Jake Sullivan on Donald Trump, Joe Biden and America’s role in the world
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Jake Sullivan, the senior policy adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. 
The Director’s Chair: Mike Pezzullo on immigration, security and Australia’s place in the world
Podcasts
The Director’s Chair: Mike Pezzullo on immigration, security and Australia’s place in the world
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with the Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs, Mike Pezzullo.
Podcasts
In conversation: Michael Fullilove and Richard McGregor discuss Kamala Harris
Was Kamala Harris the right choice for presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden? 
Contemplating Kamala Harris
Contemplating Kamala Harris
A discussion of US presidential candidate Joe Biden’s pick for vice-presidential running mate.
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