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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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Ban debut is a chance for Asia to step into the spotlight

In this comment piece in The Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove explores the significance of Ban Ki-moon's election to the office of UN Secretary-General at precisely the moment that Asia emerges into the geopolitical sun.Financial Times, 19 December 2006, p. 11

Pointers on how to make the already dull duller

In this op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove takes aim at a parliamentary report calling for the introduction of PowerPoint into the House of Representatives chamber. Michael is the editor of a recent collection of Australian speeches, 'Men and Women of Australia!' Our Greatest

A fine delivery

In this article for The Sunday Age, Michael Fullilove recounts some of the great Australian cricketing speeches.The Age, 10 December 2006

John Bolton resignation

The resignation of John Bolton as US Permanent Representative to the United Nations is likely to confirm the trend toward moderation in the Bush Administration's foreign policy which has been visible for the past three years. It may also enable the United States to conduct its business more

Ties to the US are worth cherishing

The American Left won an important victory in the congressional mid-term elections. In this op-ed in The Australian on 9 November, Dr Michael Fullilove examines the Australian Left's approach to the US and to our alliance with that country.The Australian, 9 November 2006, p. 14

When the right words matter

In this article in the Saturday Age on 11 November, Dr Michael Fullilove reviews the history of great Australian remembrance speeches. Dr Fullilove is editor of 'Men and Women of Australia!' Our Greatest Modern Speeches (Vintage

Letter to the editor

In this letter to the Editor of The Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove replies to a recent op-ed which defended the Australian Government's inconsistent approach to the death penalty. The Australian, 13 September 2005, p. 15

China starts to pull its weight at the UN

In an op-ed in The International Herald Tribune, Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute argues that China's assertiveness at the UN is following the same growth curve as its economic performance and military capacity. It has stepped up in New York just as the United States has stepped down. Now

A proposal to curb Asia over-active death row

In this Comment piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute observes that although the Western press gives the impression that most executions occur in the American boondocks, in fact Asia is world's best practice at executing people. He argues for the establishment of a

Australia should take a moral lead

Dr Michael Fullilove argues in this opinion piece in the Saturday Age of 19 August that Australia should oppose the scheduled executions of the Bali bombers and all other instances of capital punishment. He suggests that Australian political leaders ought to speak consistently on the issue and that

Australia needs a consistent voice to end death penalty

Dr Michael Fullilove published an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 August arguing that Australia should initiate a regional coalition against the death penalty. The op-ed draws on his new Policy Brief, Capital punishment and Australian foreign policy

Capital punishment and Australian foreign policy

In this Policy Brief, Dr Michael Fullilove examines how the Australian Government implements its stated opposition to the death penalty. He finds that while Australia is an effective advocate for Australian nationals on death row, we do less than we could in relation to universal abolition. 

Diaspora: The World Wide Web of Australians

In this Lowy Institute Paper, Dr Michael Fullilove argues that national diasporas are like ‘“world wide webs”’, with dense, interlocking strands spanning the globe and binding different individuals, institutions and countries together. The Paper follows those strands and describes the webs

When reality no longer matches rhetoric

In the featured op-ed in the June 6th issue of the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute argues that President Bush has badly overwritten his foreign policy. In the first term, Mr Bush’s sweeping rhetoric exaggerated the defects of his policies. During his second term the

US proposal for nuclear talks with Iran

In an opinion piece published on 2 June in The Sydney Morning Herald, Anthony Bubalo and Michael Fullilove examine the implications of Washington's surprise offer to negotiate with Tehran over the nuclear issue.Sydney Morning Herald, 2 June 2006, p. 13

Fuelling confrontation: Iran, the US and the oil weapon

In this new Lowy Institute Analysis, Anthony Bubalo, Michael Fullilove and Mark Thirlwell explore the prospect and implications of Iran's using oil as a weapon in its current confrontation with the international community over the nuclear issue

Expats are not ingrates but fellow citizens

In this opinion piece in The Age, Dr Michael Fullilove argues that the Government has got its rhetoric right on the Australian diaspora. Now it should press ahead and announce a policy.The Age, 19 April 2006, p. 15

Speech impediment

In this essay in the April-May edition of The Diplomat, Dr Michael Fullilove argues that Australian foreign policy speeches are duller than they need be. The essay draws on a longer Perspective entitled ‘Speeches and foreign policy

RAMSI and state-building in Solomon Islands

Dr Michael Fullilove has an article in the Autumn edition of Defender, entitled ‘RAMSI and State-building in Solomon Islands’. The article draws on his recent Analysis, 'The Testament of Solomons: RAMSI and International State-building.' Defender, Vol. 23(1), Autumn 2006, pp 31-35

Strategy sound so far: now to finish shaping a nation

This opinion piece by Dr Michael Fullilove examines the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in the lead-up to a national election in the Solomons on 5 April. The article draws on Dr Fullilove’s new Lowy Institute Analysis, The Testament of Solomons: RAMSI and

The testament of Solomons: RAMSI and international state-building

The unrest in Honiara of 18-19 April underlines the fragility of Solomon Islands as well as the sheer difficulty of rebuilding weak states. The background to and key features of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) were set out in this March 2006 Analysis by Dr

Speeches and foreign policy

In this new Perspective, the Lowy Institute’s Program Director for Global Issues Dr Michael Fullilove argues that Australian foreign policy speeches are duller than they need be. Dr Fullilove writes that he finds them workmanlike rather than profound – certainly in comparison to US foreign

Iranian nuclear program the world next hot potato

Despite Iran's claim of not developing weapons, defusing its nuclear ambitions may be the defining item on next year's international policy agenda, suggest Michael Fullilove and Anthony Bubalo in this opinion piece.The Australian, 20 December 2005, p. 12

Bush begins to tread softly

Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute argues that the Bush Administration has been forced to moderate its foreign policy. The notion of an 'America rampant', lately lauded by the right and feared by the left, did not survive last year's presidential election. The Age, 7 November 2005, p. 13

Friends, Romans, chardonnay swill!

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute, argues that speeches are not dead in this preview of his new book 'Men and Women of Australia! Our Greatest Modern Speeches'. Sydney Morning Herald, 29 October 2005, p. 33; The Age, 29 October 2005, p. 9

United by name but not by nature, and therein lies the problem

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute, reviews the outcomes of this week's World Summit on UN reform in New York. He argues that the final communiqué is no masterpiece, but neither is it the standard UN boilerplate. Sydney Morning Herald, 16 September

Times Literary Supplement Review

Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute reviewed Ruth Balint's book, Troubled Waters: Borders, Boundaries and Possession in the Timor Sea, for the Times Literary Supplement. Times Literary Supplement, 12 August 2005

China starts to throw its weight around

Dr Michael Fullilove and Jessica Dodson write in this opinion piece that Asia's waking giant is taking a more active role at the United Nations.A version of this article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 1 August 2005, p. 9

Blair front line

In this article, two Lowy Institute analysts examine the implications of the London bombings. Anthony Bubalo and Dr Michael Fullilove, respectively the research fellow and program director for global issues at the Institute, argue that in terms of both explanations for and implications of the

Back in the middle of the pack

Dr Michael Fullilove and Professor Warwick McKibbin of the Lowy Institute argue there are strategic, economic and moral reasons for Australia to do more in the fight against extreme poverty. The Australian, 1 July 2005, p. 17

American foreign policy

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute, argues that President Bush should call upon more special diplomatic envoys in his second term. Sydney Morning Herald, 28 February 2005, p. 9. 

The role of special envoys in U.S. foreign policy

In an article for the prestigious international magazine Foreign Affairs, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute, argues that in its second term, the Bush Administration should engage more in the business of diplomacy and, in particular, reinstate the old

Moment of truth as UN chief confronts his fiercest rival

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director, Global Issues, argues that the strength of Kofi Annan's position as Secretary-General is critical to the success of the reform agenda recommended by the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. Sydney Morning Herald, 16 December 2004, p. 19

Military might is right, whoever is elected

Dr Michael Fullilove, program director, global issues discusses the foreign policy implications of the 2 November presidential election, for the world and Australia. Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 2004, p. 13

Bush is from Mars, Kerry is from Mars too

Although there are significant differences in style and substance between George Bush and John Kerry, the similarities in foreign policy terms are more striking than is sometimes understood. From Australia's perspective, the fundamentals of our relationship with the US are excellent and the alliance

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