Lowy Institute

Graeme Dobell

Graeme Dobell is a Journalism Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He has been reporting on Australian and international politics, foreign affairs and defence, and the Asia Pacific since 1975. He writes The Canberra Column for The Interpreter, the blog of the Lowy Institute.

Graeme was the ABC's South East Asia radio correspondent in Singapore and did several stints as the Canberra-based Foreign Affairs & Defence Correspondent for Radio Australia from 1978 to 2008, reporting also for ABC radio news and current affairs programs. He left this post in April 2008 to become Radio Australia's Associate Editor for the Asia Pacific.

Starting as a newspaper journalist in 1971, Graeme joined the ABC in 1975 and concentrated on reporting politics and international affairs, serving as a correspondent in Europe, America and throughout Asia and the Pacific.

From 1985, Graeme focused on reporting the affairs of the Asia Pacific, covering the security dialogue of the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit and a dozen APEC summits. He worked as a journalist in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Canberra in 1978-81, 1986-89 and 1991-2008.

Assignments in his career as a correspondent have included the Falklands War, coups in Fiji, Thailand and the Philippines, Beijing after the crushing of the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square and the return of Hong Kong to China.

He is the author of 'Australia Finds Home — The Choices and Chances of an Asia Pacific Journey', published in 2000. 

You can contact Graeme here: gdobell@lowyinstitute.org.