Writing

These times call for a serious president, not a childish one like Donald Trump

25 May 2016 

In the Australian Financial Review, Michael Fullilove argues that given the challenges to the liberal international order, the world needs a serious president, not Donald Trump.

Full Article




President Trump? We say no thanks to The Donald

22 April 2016 

In The Australian, Michael Fullilove warns that a Trump Presidency would make Australians think twice about retaining close relations with the United States.

Full Article 




Sleeping next door to Hemingway

8-9 February 2016 

In the Lowy Institute’s online magazine The Interpreter, Michael Fullilove reflects on his trip to Cuba and what improved relations with the US means for Cuba’s economy.

Part One & Part Two




A larger Australia: the great game is not a spectator sport

5 December 2015 

Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Fullilove argues that when it comes to Asia’s affairs, Australia must think of itself as a core regional actor.

FULL ARTICLE 




A republic is an issue of self respect

30 November 2015 

In the Daily Telegraph, Michael Fullilove sets out the case for an Australian republic.

FULL ARTICLE 




The fading of an ageing world order

23 October 2015 

Writing in the Financial Times, Michael Fullilove identifies Russia’s intervention in Syria as just one of the challenges to the fading world order.

FULL ARTICLE 




Think big and act big globally for a larger Australia

17 October 2015 

In The Australian, Michael Fullilove argues that in a time of strategic flux, it is time for Australia to think and act like a significant power (edited extract of the final 2015 Boyer Lecture).

FULL ARTICLE 




Australian political dysfunction hurts our reputation abroad

10 October 2015 

In The Australian, Michael Fullilove argues that to pursue a larger foreign policy, Australia must first rebuild the domestic foundations of Australian leadership (edited extract of the third 2015 Boyer Lecture).

FULL ARTICLE 




Australia’s policy on America and China needs no big changes

3 October 2015 

In The Australian, Michael Fullilove argues that Australia should maintain a three-dimensional approach to foreign policy (edited extract of the second Boyer Lecture).

FULL ARTICLE 




Australia’s global role will change as power shifts to China

26 September 2015 

In The Australian, Michael Fullilove outlines the destruction of the world order that has served Australia’s interests well, and the shift in power towards Asia and China (edited extract of the first ABC Boyer Lecture).

FULL ARTICLE 




Prosperity, safety our big worries

16 June 2015 

Michael Fullilove and Alex Oliver comment on this year's Lowy Institute Poll results which showed that Australians seem to be more ­worried about their security and more pessimistic about their prosperity than at any time in the past decade.

FULL ARTICLE 




A diplomatic mission to abolish the death penalty would be a fitting response to executions

4 May 2015

Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Fullilove argues that the Australian government should channel some of its anger over the executions of Chan and Sukumaran in a constructive direction, by making abolition of the death penalty an Australian diplomatic priority.

FULL ARTICLE 




Australia’s political leaders have to go back to the future

9 February 2015 

Michael Fullilove examines the liberal leadership spill and Australia's dysfunctional politics in the Financial Times.

FULL ARTICLE 




Australians left bloody but unbowed

19 December 2014 

In this op-ed for The Australian, Michael Fullilove and Anthony Bubalo argue that the Martin Place siege reminds us we are not spectators in the world's troubles, we are participants.

FULL ARTICLE 




Getting US foreign policy just right

12 November 2014 

Writing in the Australian Financial Review, Michael Fullilove argues that US foreign policy should strive for the Goldilocks formula - not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

FULL ARTICLE 




Australia's G20 moment has arrived

12 November 2014 

In the Lowy Institute's online magazine (The Interpreter), Michael Fullilove and Tristram Sainsbury discuss Australia's presidency of the G20 and the Brisbane G20 Leaders' Summit. 

FULL ARTICLE 




Whitlam’s life and times were unveiled in speeches

5 November 2014 

Michael Fullilove remembers Gough Whitlam through his greatest speeches in the Australian Financial Review.

FULL ARTICLE 




Ambitious foreign policy push yet to coalesce

17 October 2014 

Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Fullilove argues that three strengths and three weaknesses stand out from Tony Abbott's foreign policy approach during his first year as Prime Minister.

FULL ARTICLE 




Barack Obama’s restless supporters succumb to seven year itch

9 September 2014 

In 2014 the world has grown suddenly weary of Barack Obama, writes Michael Fullilove in the Financial Times.

FULL ARTICLE 




Books that changed me

10 August 2014

Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Fullilove outlines the five books that have had the most impact on him.

FULL ARTICLE 




Ten speeches on Australia's place in the world 

31 July 2014 

In a two-part series for the Lowy institute's online magazine (The Interpreter), Michael Fullilove outlines his ten favourite speeches on Australia's place in the world.

PART I

PART II




Men and women of Australia, these orations transformed the nation

28 July 2014 

The Australian publishes an extended extract of Michael Fullilove's new book (Men and Women of Australia! Our Greatest Modern Speeches) as well as an interview with Michael on Australia's best speeches.

FULL ARTICLE 




Time for Australia to stop punching below its weight

23 July 2014 

Michael Fullilove writes in the Sydney Morning Herald on the broader lessons of the MH17 tragedy for Australian foreign policy.

FULL ARTICLE




Developing ties that bind in Asia

4 July 2014 

Writing in The Australian, Michael Fullilove and John Holmes comment on the inaugural Australia-UK Asia Dialogue.

FULL ARTICLE




Why Australians are cool with spying

11 June 2014 

Writing for ForeignPolicy.com, Michael Fullilove looks at the results of the 2014 Lowy Institute Poll and the Australian public's views on overseas intelligence gathering.

FULL ARTICLE 




The people have spoken: Japan and China share title of our best friend in Asia

6 June 2014 

Writing in The Australian, Michael Fullilove and Alex Oliver discuss the results of the 2014 Lowy Institute Poll and who Australians consider to be their 'best friend in Asia.' 

FULL ARTICLE 




Are Australia and China frenemies?

6 June 2014 

In The Guardian, Michael Fullilove looks at the mixed feelings that Australians seem to have about China.

FULL ARTICLE 




The giant figure who brought class to politics

21 April 2014 

On The Drum, Michael Fullilove writes that Neville Wran was young at heart — wickedly funny and entirely lacking in pomposity. His loyal staffers called him "Mr Wran" but he always introduced himself as "Neville". 

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The predicament of proximity: how should Australia respond to China's rise to power?

22 March 2014

Writing in the Saturday Paper, Michael Fullilove argues that in order to deal with its predicament of proximity Australia needs a broader foreign-policy debate, a more capable military, a more extensive diplomatic network, and a foreign policy that combines ambition and coherence. 

FULL ARTICLE


Left's deafening silence

22 March 2014 

In the Australian, Michael Fullilove laments the lack of left-wing perspectives on the Russian-Ukraine crisis. Dr Fullilove sees this as contributing to a lack of debate in Australia on the issue.

FULL ARTICLE 


Big is absolutely better as we face and evolving Asia

12 March 2014

In the Australian, Michael Fullilove argues that in order to cope with a rising Asia and a changing workld order, Australia needs to be a larger country. 

FULL ARTICLE

Diplomacy Isn't Just for the Diplomats

4 March 2014 

Writing for US News and the World Report, Michael Fullilove argues that there's nothing inherently wrong with selecting non-diplomats as ambassadors. 

FULL ARTICLE 


Tony Abbott's diplomatic wobbles reveal challenges of new world order

14 January 2014

In the Sydney Morning Herald, Anthony Bubalo and Michael Fullilove review why the Australian goverment seems to be staggering from crisis to crisis, arguing it has more to do with shifting plates of global power than problems in Canberra. 

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The ‘Pivot’ Has Run Out of Puff

5 December 2013

Writing for US News and the World Report, Michael Fullilove argues that despite Joe Biden’s Asia trip, Obama’s foreign policy has seemed Atlantic-focused recently. 

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Nothing to fear but fear

25 October 2013 

In the Australian Financial Review, Michael Fullilove discusses America's 'war-weariness', drawing comparisons with Roosevelt's decision to support the Allies in World War II. 

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Caught between the US and China

5 September 2013

In a New York Times op-ed, Lowy institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove argues that the 2013 election campaign ignored the greater strategic and economic challenges facing Australia. 

FULL ARTICLE


Where do Australia rivals stand on foreign policy?

28 August 2013 

Australia's election winner will need to address a broader range of global issues in a changing strategic environment, writes the Lowy Institute's Michael Fullilove in BBC News Asia, as he looks at where the poll rivals stand on foreign policy. . 

FULL ARTICLE 


US must follow FDR's lead on Asia

18 July 2013 

In the Australian, Michael Fullilove explains the foreign policy lessons Obama could learn from FDR's initiative in Asia.  

 FULL ARTICLE


Obama needs an FDR-like foreign policy pivot

6 July 2013 

In the Los Angeles Times, Michael Fullilove suggests Obama could learn from the the meticulous planning and adroit public relations strategies of Franklin Roosevelt.

FULL ARTICLE


Five lessons on leadership from FDR

4 July 2013 

In the Wall Street Journal, Michael Fullilove explains important leadership lessons that can be learnt from President Franklin Roosevelt.

FULL ARTICLE


We need Aussie view of world

10 June 2013

The rise of Asia means Australia finds it self a lot closer to the centre of geopolitical and economic action than in the past. It is vital to our national interest, therefore, that Australians understand what is happening beyond our shores. 

FULL ARTICLE


We stood by the U.S. as it erred grievously in Iraq

Friday, 19 April 2013

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove examines the costs of the war in Iraq to the United States and the implications for the Australia-US alliance. 

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Foreign service remains vastly underfunded

Friday, 22 February 2013

In an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Dr Michael Fullilove and Alex Oliver argue that as Australians look ahead to a federal election in September, they should be asking tough questions of both major parties about the funding of their foreign policies.

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In presidential debate, President Obama is no dove, and Mitt Romney is no hawk

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

In an opinion piece in The Christian Science Monitor on President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, Dr Michael Fullilove writes that although commentators draw sharp distinctions between the two men, their foreign policy similarities are more striking than the differences.

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With our UN victory comes prestige and responsibility

Friday, 19 October 2012

Executive Director Michael Fullilove, in an opinion piece for The Drum, argues that it's the Australian way to help shape the international debate and further our interests, so where better to do that than from the biggest table in the world? 

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Where the eagle lands is neither here nor there

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

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.

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The audacity of reasonableness: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, US foreign policy and Australia

Tuesday, 09 October 2012

At first glance, the differences between the two candidates for president of the United States in 2012, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, are striking. Each candidate is doing his best to emphasise these differences. Most commentators have drawn sharp distinctions between the two...

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Seizing our chance at the big G20 dance

Friday, 31 August 2012

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.

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China's biggest challenge isn't military or economic, it's basic governance

Tuesday, 08 May 2012

In an article in TheAtlantic.com, Dr Michael Fullilove argues that Bo Xilai and Chen Guangcheng are reminders that corruption, human rights, and rule of law could check the rising power's might.

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Doubling down on Obama

Wednesday, 04 April 2012

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 States...

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Mitt Romney's not-so-Super Tuesday

Thursday, 08 March 2012

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

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U.S. engagement key to handling Chinese dragon

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

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

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Lowy Lecture Series: Obama in Australia - Peter Hartcher, Nick Bryant, Michael Fullilove presentations

Wednesday, 02 November 2011

After several stops and starts, Barack Obama will arrive in Australia next week for his first visit as President of the United States. What should Australians expect from this visit? How is it likely to impact on our international relations and our domestic politics? And what sort of a president...

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

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

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...

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Obama as hardheaded liberal

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

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...

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The News of the WikiLeaks: both share a dangerous rationale

Friday, 5 August 2011

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.

FULL ARTICLE


 

China and the United Nations: the stakeholder spectrum

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

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...

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A frequent flyer foreign minister? Thank heavens

Monday, 30 May 2011

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

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Wikileaks: Fruit of an unhealthy tree

Friday, 07 January 2011

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

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Do we really want China to be a responsible stakeholder in global affairs?

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

In an opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor, Dr Michael Fullilove writes that the West needs to be careful what it wishes for in wanting China to be more responsible and active.

Christian Science Monitor, 3 December 2010

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Odds on an Obama comeback improve

Tuesday, 09 November 2010

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

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The world's community organizer

Monday, 20 September 2010

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...

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Gillard has different global view

Thursday, 1 July 2010

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

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Diary: Michael Fullilove

12 May 2010

Michael Fullilove opens his diary from his recent visit to Washington for The Spectator.

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A place at the top table

4 May 2010

In this essay, Michael Fullilove makes the case for Australia’s candidacy for the UN Security Council, and refutes the various arguments that have been made against the bid. Griffith Review, Edition 28, April 2010.

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Does Obama care about Asia?

23 March 2010

In an article in The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that Obama has a chance to become the first truly Pacific president.

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With friends in high places

13 March 2010

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 (and, if necessary, erect and strengthen) institutions through which we can influence global decisions and touch the global flows of power.

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Frustrated US struggles to open dialogue with China

22 February 2010

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that after years of playing a strong diplomatic game, China may have overreached a little.Sydney Morning Herald, 22 February 2010, p. 11.

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Crazy days on the campaign trail

15 February 2010

Dr Michael Fullilove reviewed the book 'Race of a Lifetime', by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, in The Sydney Morning Herald of 13 February. Sydney Morning Herald, 13 February 2010, Review p. 32.

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Mistakes, but signs of improvement: Obama gets a B-plus for first year

12 January 2010

In an essay in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, evaluates President Barack Obama's first year in office. Sydney Morning Herald, 16 January 2010, p. 11.

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Goodwill hunting: Obama treads delicately with China

23 November 2009

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, reviews President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Asia. Sydney Morning Herald, 21 November 2009, p. 9.

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Palin and the beauty queen are spookily similar 

19 November 2009

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, points out the similarities between former Alaska governor and Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Californian beauty queen Carrie Prejean. Financial Times, 19 November 2009, p. 11.

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Obama's Nobel can help him win a bigger prize

15 October 2009

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times online, Dr Michael Fullilove examines the significance of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama. Financial Times, 14 October 2009.

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America's image rebounds

13 October 2009

Dr. Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and Fergus Hanson, Research Fellow and author of the 2009 Lowy Institute Poll on public opinion and foreign policy, sift the global poll numbers on attitudes towards the United States, and report the Bush era is officially over. The Daily Beast, 13 October 2009.

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World wide webs: Diasporas and the international system

14 February 2008

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 that they form.

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Looking good in New York, sounding good in Pittsburgh

29 September 2009

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that last week was a good one for the UN and the G20 - and for Barack Obama and Kevin Rudd. The Australian, 29 September 2009, p. 9.

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Rudd right to press for a seat at a key international table

23 September 2009

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that winning a place on the UN Security Council is not just popular in the electorate, it is in Australia's national interest. The Australian, 23 September 2009, p. 14.

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He's the right man at the right time

18 September 2009

In an opinion piece in The Age, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that Kim Beazley's appointment as our next ambassador to the United States will cement the relationship with a powerful ally. The Age, 18 September 2009, p. 15.

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Global warming and war both require sacrifice

8 September 2009 

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global
Issues, considers the similarities between two topics, climate change and the war in Afghanistan.
Sydney Morning Herald, 8 September 2009, p. 13

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Rudd and Obama's friendship bolsters the alliance

11 August 2009

In an article for the online publication, The Punch, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global
Issues, writes on the alliance between Australia and the United States under a Labor prime minister and a Democratic president.
The Punch, 11 August 2009


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The pop president

22 June 2009

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that President Obama would do well to borrow from Machiavelli's observation that to be loved is good, to be feared is better.


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How Obama divides - and conquers

19 May 2009

In an online article on The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that in his foreign policy so far, President Barack Obama has succeeded in confusing his enemies.
The Daily Beast, 16 May 2009.

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Unaccustomed as we are …

26 March 2009

In the lead-up to Australia Day, Dr Michael Fullilove recalls some insightful speeches given on the subject of Australian history and culture. Dr Fullilove is program director for global issues at the Lowy Institute and the editor of 'Men and Women of Australia!' Our Greatest Modern Speeches (2005).
The Age, 20 January 2007, Section A2, p. 10

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Forget freedom. Build the economy

10 March 2009

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, reviewed 'Great powers: America and the world after Bush' by Thomas P. M. Barnett in the Washington Post.

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President of the world

4 February 2009

In an article in The Australian Literary Review, Dr Michael Fullilove writes on how Barack Obama's personal experience of globalisation makes him a very different American leader.
The Australian - Australian Literary Review, 4 February 2009, p. 10.

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Obama's biggest speech yet

16 January 2009

In this op-ed in Foreign Policy, Dr Michael Fullilove looks ahead to Barack Obama's inaugural address on 20 January and distills three lessons from history concerning the relationship between presidential language and U.S. foreign policy.

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Obama's inaugural address and U.S. foreign policy: lessons from history

14 January 2009

In this Perspective, Dr Michael Fullilove, who is currently based at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, looks ahead to President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural address on 20 January. Obama is an unusually gifted writer and speaker with an old-fashioned attachment to speeches, who will likely address his vision for US foreign policy in his address. Dr Fullilove distills three lessons on the relationship between presidential language and foreign policy: foreign policy speeches should be well written but not overwritten; foreign policy rhetoric should be firmly tethered to foreign policy reality; and multiple and diverse audiences need to be addressed.

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Reports of US decline could be premature

7 January 2009

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that Obama will be the president who reveals the frailties in the argument that America is on the decline.

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Capitol Hill needs old codgers, spring chickens and a middle-aged spread

19 December 2008

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove argues for the inclusion of middle-aged as well as young and older apppointees in the new Obama administration.
Sydney Morning Herald, 19 December 2008, p. 29

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Mr. Obama's first trip

15 December 2008

On 15 December 2008, Dr Michael Fullilove published an op-ed in The New York Times. During the campaign, President-elect Barack Obama promised that in the first 100 days of his administration he would 'travel to a major Islamic forum and deliver an address to redefine our struggle.' In his op-ed, Dr Fullilove argues that Mr Obama should deliver this speech in Indonesia.
The New York Times, 15 December 2008, p. 35

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Obama ought to take up cricket

10 December 2008

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that there are several lessons about the international system that President-Elect Barack Obama could learn from cricket.

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We'll have to vie for Obama's attention

18 November 2008

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that Australia will need 'sharp elbows and pointy ideas' to be heard in Washington.

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A world of policy differences

3 November 2008

In an article in the News Review section of The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove writes that the foreign policies of the two US presidential candidates would not be as similar as some analysts predict.


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Why Kissinger should support Obama

31 October 2008

In an article in The Daily Beast online magazine, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC, writes that neither candidate would be a foreign policy realist after Henry Kissinger's heart - but Obama would be closer to it than McCain.

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Picking the US winner

23 October 2008

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove examines the implications of the US presidential election for Australia's interests.

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Hope or glory? The presidential election, US foreign policy and Australia

22 October 2008

What is at stake in a US presidential election in terms of American foreign policy? How might the temperament and world-views of the respective candidates be interpreted? In this paper Dr Michael Fullilove compares and contrasts the foreign policies of Barack Obama and John McCain in the 2008 presidential election race. Dr Fullilove considers the ‘fundamental differences’ in world-view that would shape Obama’s and McCain’s respective foreign policies and the implications for Australia’s relationship with the United States.


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Officials cry poor as they dig deep for log cabins

2 September 2008

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove writes about the tendency of American politicans to exaggerate the modesty of their origins.
Sydney Morning Herald, 2 September 2008, p. 13.

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Star power fades when it comes to politics

21 August 2008

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Fullilove analyses the place of celebrities in politics and in the U.S. election campaign.
Sydney Morning Herald, 21 August 2008, p. 13.


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Hawk vs talk: America's foreign policy choice

6 August 2008

In this op-ed published in the Financial Times on 7 August 2008, Dr Michael Fullilove describes the foreign policy choice facing Americans in the forthcoming presidential election (and how experts usually get this question wrong).


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Obama takes to world stage

23 July 2008

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Dr Michael Fullilove writes that Barack Obama is taking the foreign policy fight directly to rival John McCain.
Australian Financial Review, 23 July 2008, p. 63.


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Rudd steps out into the world with elan

14 July 2008

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues at the Lowy Institute and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, writes in an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald on the foreign policy performance of the Rudd government in its first six months.
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 July 2008, p. 13.

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Smart power: exaggerating America's decline

18 June 2008

Michael Fullilove argues that reports of America's slide towards mediocrity in defence, the economy, politics and international relations are exaggerated, that America as a superpower continues to fascinate, and that it remains the creative capital of the world.

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Chinese diaspora carries a torch for old country

19 May 2008

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and Lowy Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, argues that there is good evidence of a spike in diasporic feeling among overseas Chinese.
The piece was republished in The Straits Times on 22 May.

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Talk might be cheap, but a great speech is divine

21 April 2008

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that the 2008 US presidential campaign is proving to be a test-case of the power of speechmaking.
Sydney Morning Herald, 21 April 2008, p. 17.

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