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The Asia-Pacific’s evolving strategic landscape. The view from Australia

10/11/2022, Rome

A conversation between Nathalie Tocci, IAI Director, and Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute

While Europe’s focus is on Ukraine, the strategic landscape of the Asia-Pacific is changing rapidly: the steady rise of Xi Jinping’s China; tensions across the Taiwan Strait; and the US expanding and strengthening its partnerships, from India and Japan to Australia, which under Prime Minister Albanese is also seeking closer ties with Europe.

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 remains a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings and serves on 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. In 2019 Dr Fullilove was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to international relations.

Working language: English

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