Michael Wesley was Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2009 to 2012. Previously he was 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.
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).