He worked as Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from June 2009 to August 2012. Prior to joining the Lowy Institute, he was Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University.
Wesley completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong,and previously worked as a lecturer at the University of New South Wales, and as an official at the Office of National Assessments. He also served as co-chairman of the Security and Prosperity working group at the Australia 2020 Summit in 2008.
He has authored several books on foreign policy, including The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia and There Goes the Neighbourhood.
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- Lowy Institute (2009). Lowy Institute announces new Executive Director. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
- Lowy Institute for International Policy (2012). Dr Michael Wesley to step down from Lowy Institute - Dr Michael Fullilove appointed Executive Director. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- Australia 2020 (2008). Steering Committee. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
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