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Executive Director
Lowy Institute
Areas of ExpertiseAustralian foreign policy; US politics and foreign policy; Asia and the Pacific; Global institutions
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The Audacity of Reasonableness

Yesterday, I launched my new research paper, The Audacity of Reasonableness: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, US Foreign Policy and Australia. I should thank the Republican candidate Mitt Romney for choosing to give a major foreign policy address on the same day as the launch.  In my analysis, I argue

Where the eagle lands is neither here nor there

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove writes that despite the foreign-policy differences between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, the outcome of the US election will not threaten the Australia-Unites States alliance

Coral Bell RIP

There was sad news for the entire Australian foreign policy community last weekend when we heard of the passing of Dr Coral Bell. Coral was a giant of the Australian foreign policy scene and an internationally renowned scholar. She was known to many of us at the Lowy Institute. She published

The United Nations and the future of global governance

Dr Michael Fullilove was one of four experts who recently contributed their thoughts about the role of the United Nations and the future of global governance to a Council on Foreign Relations expert roundup.This roundup is a feature of the Council of Councils initiative, gathering opinions

Seizing our chance at the big G20 dance

Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, and Mark Thirlwell, interim Director of the Institute's new G20 Studies Centre, write for the Business Spectator on the importance of Australia's membership of the G20

Remarks on the opening of the G20 Studies Centre

At the press conference annoucing the establishment of a G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute,  Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove gave a  short statement statement thanking the Federal Government for their support and outlined the importance of the G20 to Australia.&

With friends in high places

Australia is a wealthy nation with a small population occupying a large continent located a great distance from our historical sources of security and prosperity. As a result, the single foreign policy theme which has united our otherwise diverse postwar prime ministers has been the desire to join (

Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address and U.S. Foreign Policy

On 21 January, the Lowy Institute for International Policy and the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution co-hosted a panel discussion in Washington, DC on the inaugural address delivered by President Obama the day before. The event was chaired by Carlos Pascual, Vice President of

Harsh light shines on the state of China leadership

For at least a decade, think tanks and chanceries have echoed with tales of China's rise.The narrative is familiar. China has remade its economy and is now eating the US's lunch. The country is growing rapidly, laying roads and high-speed rail at a frenetic pace. The Chinese authorities sit

Doubling down on Obama

Dr Michael Fullilove, the Lowy Institute’s Program Director Global Issues, has been observing President Barack Obama for a long time. He was in Boston for the 2004 Democratic National Convention at which Obama emerged as a national figure, and he spent the 2008 election year in the United

U.S. engagement key to handling Chinese dragon

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that in the context of a rising China, downgrading our ties with the United States is risky.The Australian, 28 February 2012, p. 10 

Mitt Romney not-so-Super Tuesday

In this op-ed published on The Drum and The Interpreter, Michael Fullilove argues that the results on Super Tuesday did not bode well for Mitt Romney or the Republican Party.The Drum, The Interpreter, 8 March 2012

Mitt Romney not-so-Super Tuesday

For Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, it was a Not-So-Super Tuesday. Romney is still likely to win the GOP nomination for president. He has more money and staff than his opponents. The Republican Party has a long history of nominating the guy who was the runner-up last time, as Romney was. As

My books of 2011

Ed. note: this is Michael\'s belated but welcome addition to a series we ran in December. My consumption of other people\'s books in the past year has been slowed somewhat by the fact that I\'m writing one of my own. Like Michael Wesley, I enjoyed Hellhound on his Trail,

From WikiLeaks to News of the World: dangers ahead

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, has published an opinion piece on similarities between the operations of WikiLeaks and News of the World in Aspenia Online. The piece is available at:http://www.aspeninstitute.it/aspenia-online/article/wikileaks-news-world-dangers-aheadAspenia

Obama as hardheaded liberal

In an article for The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove and Dr Steven Casey write that President Obama was accused of neglecting alliances and ceding too much ground to allies in Libya, but this week's successes in Tripoli prove he's heir to Roosevelt and Truman.The Daily Beast, 26 August 2011

Auld acquaintances won't be forgotten, even as power axes shift

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Steven Casey and Dr Michael Fullilove write that as the United States loses global influence and faces China's rise, it will seek to firm up ties with its old allies, including Australia.Sydney Morning Herald, 30 August 2011, p. 11

The News of the WikiLeaks: both share a dangerous rationale

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, published an article in The Atlantic on the similarities in the mode of operating of WikiLeaks and the News of the World. The article can be read at: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/08/the-news-of-the-wikileaks-both-share-a-

Morrison should tread lightly overseas

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that the opposition immigration spokesman should be mindful to leave party politics at home.Published in revised form in The Australian Financial Review, 23 June 2011, p. 71

China and the United Nations: the stakeholder spectrum

In recent decades China has become a far more active and effective player in, and contributor to, the United Nations. However, according to Dr Michael Fullilove, the limits of this enhanced engagement are becoming clear. Dr Fullilove emphasises that while the West might advocate that China become a

A frequent flyer foreign minister? Thank heavens

In an opinion piece in The Drum, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that critics of the foreign minister's visiting foreign countries ought to think big.This article was also published in The Interpreter.The Drum, 25 May 2011

Bizarro World travel

Reading The Daily Telegraph\'s snarky little article on Kevin Rudd\'s overseas travel this morning, I didn\'t know whether to laugh or cry. The Tele reports breathlessly that he has \'notched up a staggering 384,000km in overseas air travel since becoming Foreign Minister – the equivalent of

Q & A with Michael Fullilove

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, was interviewed by Benedict Coleridge in the Australian Institute of International Affairs' Quarterly Access journal on the role of international affairs and policy in Australia's national life.Quarterly Access Vol 3 (1), Summer 2011, pp. 11-12

Wikileaks: Fruit of an unhealthy tree

In an opinion piece in The Drum on 16 December, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes on the impact of the WikiLeaks imbroglio on the international system.The Drum, 16 December 2010

Vale Richard Holbrooke

I was sad to hear that Richard Holbrooke has died. Holbrooke was one of the century's great diplomats. He served in Vietnam and worked on the Paris Peace Talks; advised LBJ from the White House; represented the US in Germany and at the UN; negotiated the Dayton Peace Accords; and worked for

The US mid-term elections and the Obama Administration

On Friday 5 November, two leading commentators on US politics and foreign policy, Dr Michael Fullilove and Daniel Flitton, provided some immediate analysis of the mid-term results as part of the Lowy Institute’s ‘Food for Thought’ program in Melbourne

The stakeholder spectrum: China and the United Nations

In recent decades China has become a far more active and effective player in, and contributor to, the United Nations. However, according to Dr Michael Fullilove, the limits of this enhanced engagement are becoming clear. Dr Fullilove emphasises that while the West might advocate that China become a

Odds on an Obama comeback improve

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, presents a case for the re-election of President Barack Obama.Sydney Morning Herald, 8 November 2010, p. 11

A progressive case for Australia Afghanistan mission

In an opinion piece on The Drum, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, and Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, make the progressive case for Australia’s Afghanistan mission.The Drum Unleashed, 19 October 2010

The world community organizer

In an article in The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that President Obama’s foreign policy bears the traces of his time as a community organiser in Chicago. This piece was republished on The Drum on 23 September 2010 at http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/

Foreign policy attacks in fantasy land

In an opinion piece in The Weekend Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that Australian foreign policy during Labor's first term was successful by historical standards.The Australian, 18 September 2010

9/11 'truthers' down under

 The news that the '9/11 truth' movement has infiltrated Australian politics is a bit depressing. According to The Australian, the Greens candidate for the Victorian seat of Flinders, Bob Brown (no relation to his leader), opined as follows on 9/11 recently: The 9/11 commission was not

Gillard big challenges

In the AFR yesterday (the original version of my op-ed is here), I argued that Kevin Rudd's foreign policy was generally impressive, given the length of his tenure in the office of prime minister. Rudd committed his fair share of sins, but he also had a good log of achievements, in particular the

Gillard has different global view

Michael Fullilove writes in the Australian Financial Review about the likely implications for Australia's foreign policy from Julia Gillard's rise to Prime Minister.Australian Financial Review, 1 July 2010, p 67

Beijing diary (part 3)

Part one here; part two here. Outside every official or semi-official building in Beijing, there is a security guard standing on a little pedestal. I understand the point of the pedestal, but I found it hard to be cowed by guards who were so young and fragile-looking, with waists like those of

Beijing diary (part 2)

The hutongs described in my previous post exist on a human scale; much of Beijing does not. Like the Forbidden City, some of the new Olympic-era architecture (on which Sam has blogged) is monumental and deeply impressive. I was amazed by the Bird's Nest Olympic stadium, the Water Cube swimming

Beijing diary (part 1)

En route to Beijing earlier this month, my plane sat on the tarmac in Hong Kong for nearly six hours waiting for clearance to take off. The reason for the delay was never explained. Perhaps it was air congestion, or weather conditions, or a Chinese military operation – the pilot was never informed

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