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Michael Wesley


Michael Wesley is professor of national security at the Australian National University. His career has spanned academia, with previous appointments at the University of New South Wales, Griffith University, the University of Hong Kong, Sun Yat-sen University and the University of Sydney.

In government, he has worked as assistant director general for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments. He has also been executive director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Professor Wesley has also served as the editor-in-chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, a trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery and a board member of the Australia Television Network.

He is a non-executive member of the Senior Leadership Group of the Australian Federal Police. His most recent book, There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia, won the 2011 John Button Prize for the best writing on Australian public policy.

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