Michael Wesley

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

Michael Wesley (1968) is an Australian academic. He was appointed Professor of National Security at the National Security College of the Australian National University on 1 November 2012.[1] Subsequently he became the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Studies, and is currently Dean of 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 went to Nambour State High School, and then to the University of Queensland. He 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 has worked for the Queensland State government and as a lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales. He spent time on secondment from UNSW to the Office of National Assessments. In 2004, he became Professor of International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University.[4] He served as co-chairman of the Security and Prosperity working group at then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Australia 2020 Summit in 2008.[5] He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong in 2009. He worked as Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from June 2009 to August 2012.[6][7] He is currently the Dean of the College of the Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University and also a Board member of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation.


Michael Wesley has authored several books on foreign policy, including:

  • Restless Continent: Wealth, Rivalry and Asia's New Geopolitics (Black Inc., 2015)
  • There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia (UNSW Press, 2011)
  • The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia (ABC Books, 2007)
  • 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 Archived 3 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  6. ^ Lowy Institute (2009). Lowy Institute announces new Executive Director Archived 12 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. 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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