Portrait of Rory Medcalf

Rory Medcalf

Rory Medcalf is Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute. His professional background spans diplomacy, journalism and intelligence analysis.

He has worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Canberra’s peak intelligence agency. His experience as an Australian diplomat included a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to Japan’s foreign ministry, and truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville.

He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control: the Canberra Commission, Tokyo Forum, and International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys.

He is Senior Research Fellow in Indian strategic affairs at the University of New South Wales, a Fellow at the Australia-India Institute and a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. He closely follows Australia’s relations with India and convenes the Australia-India Roundtable, the leading informal dialogue between the two countries.