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Nonresident Fellow
Lowy Institute
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Areas of ExpertiseUS foreign policy; US-Australia alliance; morality and foreign policy; realism; conservatives and neo-conservatives on foreign policy

Owen Harries is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He is editor emeritus of The National Interest, a leading Washington-based foreign policy quarterly. He was born in Wales in 1930 and educated at the Universities of Wales and Oxford. He served as a pilot officer in the RAF (1952-54). He taught at the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales from 1956 to 1975. In the late 1970s he was head of policy planning in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, and senior adviser, successively, to the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Andrew Peacock) and the Prime Minister (Malcolm Fraser). In 1978-9 he was Chairman of the Committee on Australia's Relations with the Third World. During 1982-83 he was Australian Ambassador to UNESCO. In 1983-85 he was a fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC. He was editor in chief of The National Interest from its founding in 1985 until 2001. He was editor and principal author of Australia and the Third World ("The Harries Report"), (1979) and editor of Liberty and Politics (1976), The Red Orchestra (1989) , America's Purpose: New Visions of US Foreign Policy (1991), and China in the National Interest (2003) . He delivered the 2003 Boyer Lectures for the ABC and they have been published under the title, Benign or Imperial? Reflections on American Hegemony.