Michael Wesley is Professor of National Security at the Australian National University. Previously he was Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a Professor of International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong and Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Director-General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments, and a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of New South Wales.

Between 2007 and 2009, Dr Wesley was the Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs and a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS). He has served on the Australian Research Council's College of Experts and the Queensland Art Gallery's Board of Trustees.

In April 2008, he was Co-Chair (with Foreign Minister Stephen Smith) of one of the ten issue streams at the Australian government's 2020 Summit and gave the keynote speech at the Summit. Dr Wesley is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

His most recent books are Energy Security in Asia (Routledge, 2007); The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia 1996–2006 (ABC Books, 2007); and (with Allan Gyngell) Making Australian Foreign Policy, 2nd edition, (Cambridge University Press, 2007).


Pieces by Michael Wesley

Empire of delusion
Edition 59: Commonwealth Now

The meaning of China
Edition 41: Now We are Ten

Claustrophobia
Edition 12: Hot Air

Howard’s way: northerly neighbours and western friends
Edition 9: Up North

Reality beyond the whiteboard
Edition 16: Unintended Consequences

Location, location, location
Edition 18: In the Neighbourhood

The search for moral security
Edition 7: The Lure of Fundamentalism

Mandate of heaven
Edition 21: Hidden Queensland

Made in China
Edition 25: After the Crisis

The land at the end of the world
Edition 36: What Is Australia For?

Griffith Review