Michael Wesley

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Michael Wesley
Born 1968
Citizenship AustraliaAustralia
Fields International relations, Security Studies
Institutions The Australian National University, Griffith University, the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney
Alma mater University of St Andrews (PhD)
Notable awards 2011 John Button Prize for Best Writing in Australian Politics

Michael Wesley (1968) is an Australian academic. He was appointed as Professor of National Security at the Australian National University on 1 November 2012.[1] He is currently the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Studies in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the ANU. He also consults extensively for the Australian government.

Early life and education[edit]

Wesley was born in India but moved to Australia with his parents aged four years old.[2]

He grew up in Nambour, south-east Queensland.[3]Wesley completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Michael Wesley is the son of the internationally renowned artist Frank Wesley.


Michael Wesley was 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 was 35 years old when he accepted an offer of professorship position in 2004.[4] He served as co-chairman of the Security and Prosperity working group at the Australia 2020 Summit in 2008.[5]

Michael Wesley worked as Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from June 2009 to August 2012.[6][7] Prior to joining the Lowy Institute, he was Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University.


Michael Wesley has authored several books on foreign policy, including The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia and There Goes the Neighbourhood.

  • Editor. Making Australian Foreign Policy, Second Edition (expanded and updated), (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2007) (with Allan Gyngell)
  • Editor. The Other Special Relationship: United States-Australia Relations at the Start of the Twenty-First Century, Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2007) (with Jeffrey D. McCausland, Douglas T Stuart and William T. Tow)
  • Energy Security in Asia, (London: Routledge Curzon, 2007)
  • Editor. Making Australian Foreign Policy, First Edition, (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2003) (with Allan Gyngell)
  • Regional Organisations of the Asia-Pacific: Exploring Institutional Change, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)
  • Casualties of the New World Order: The Causes of Failure of UN Missions to Civil Wars (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997)


  1. ^ Australian National University (2012). [1]. Link updated 16 March 2015.
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ https://griffithreview.com/articles/mandate-of-heaven/
  4. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/profile-michael-wesley-20110913-1k6gs.html
  5. ^ Australia 2020 (2008). Steering Committee. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  6. ^ Lowy Institute (2009). Lowy Institute announces new Executive Director. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  7. ^ 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.

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