Michael Wesley

Michael Wesley

BA (Hons) UQ; PhD St Andrews
Adjunct Professor


Professor Michael Wesley is the Director of Academic Outreach and Research at the ANU National Security College. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy; Professor of International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University; and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong and Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Prior to this, he was the Assistant Director-General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments, and a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of New South Wales. Professor Wesley also won the 2011 John Button Prize for Best Writing in Australian Politics for his book, There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia.

Publications & Memberships

Books & Monographs

Power Plays: Energy and Australia’s Security, (Canberra: Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2007)

The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia, 1996-2006, (Sydney: 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)

Journal Articles

“The Rich Tradition of Australian Realism”, Australian Journal of Politics and History]], forthcoming

“Taking Asia Seriously”, [[iAustralian Journal of Politics and History
, forthcoming (with Martin Griffiths)

“The Strategic Effects of Preferential Trade Agreements”, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 62, No. 2, June 2008

“The State of the Art on the Art of Statebuilding”, Global Governance, Vol. 14, No. 2, June 2008

“Towards a Realist Ethics of Intervention”, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2005

“It’s Time to Scrap the NPT”, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 59, No. 2, 2005

"Globalisation and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade", Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 56, No. 2, July 2002

"Perspectives on Australian Foreign Policy, 2001", Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 56, No. 1, April 2002

"Australia's International Relations and the (IR)relevance of Theory", Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 55, No. 4, December 2001

“APEC’s Mid-Life Crisis? The Rise and Fall of Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalisation”, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 74, No. 2, Summer 2001

“Wild Colonial Ploys: Currents of Thought in Australian Foreign Policy Making” Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 35, No. 1, April 2000, pp. 9-26 (with Tony Warren)

“The Asian Crisis and the Adequacy of Regional Institutions”, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 21, No. 1, April 1999, pp. 54-73

"The Politics of Exclusion: Australia, Turkey, and Definitions of Regionalism", The Pacific Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, 1997, pp. 523-555

"Blindfolds or Blue Berets? Peacekeeping and the Hostage Effect", International Peacekeeping, Vol. 2, No. 4, Winter 1995, pp. 457-482

"The Cambodian Waltz: The Khmer Rouge and United Nations Intervention", Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 7, No. 4, Winter 1995/96, pp. 60-81

Book Sections

“Australian Writing on Foreign and Security Policy” in Rod Rhodes (ed) The APSA History of Australian Political Studies, Basingstoke: Palgrave, forthcoming

“Australia-China” in Brendan Taylor (ed) Australia as an Asia-Pacific Regional Power: Friendships in Flux?, London: Routledge, 2007-10-26

“The Trilateral Strategic Dialogue’s Institutional Politics” in William T Tow, Mark J. Thomson, Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Satu P. Limaye (eds) Asia Pacific Security: US, Australia and Japan and the New Security Triangle, London: Routledge, 2007-10-26

“Jealous Suitors: Sino-Japanese Competitive Regionalism and the Future of East Asia”, in Michael Heazle and Nick Knight (eds) China-Japan Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Creating a Future Past?, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007

“The Consequences of Anti-Americanism: Does It Matter?” in Brendon O’Connor and Martin Griffiths (eds) Anti-Americanism: History, Causes and Themes, Vol. 4: Blame It on Bush? Oxford: Greenwood World Publishing, 2007

“Rebuilding Engagement: Australia and Southeast Asia” in James Cotton and John Ravenhill (eds) Trading on Alliance Security: Australia in World Affairs 2001-2005, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2007

“The New Interventionism and the Invasion of Iraq” in Michael Heazle and Iyanatul Islam (eds), Beyond the Iraq War: The Promises, Pitfalls, and Perils of External Interventionism, London: Edward Elgar, 2006

“The Dog That Didn’t Bark: The Bush Administration and East Asian Regionalism” in Mark Beeson (ed), Bush and Asia: America’s Evolving Relations with East Asia, London: Routledge, 2006

“Analytical Framework” in Jiro Okamoto (ed), Trade Liberalisation and APEC, London: Routledge, 2004 (with Jiro Okamoto)

“Australia: The Loss of Regional Vision” in Jiro Okamoto (ed), Trade Liberalisation and APEC, London: Routledge, 2004

“Mediating the Global Order: The Past and Future of Asia-Pacific Regional Organisations” in David W Lovell (ed) Asia Pacific Security: Policy Challenges, Singapore: ISEAS, 2003

"Setting and Securing Australia's National Interests: National Interest as Economic Prosperity" in Ian Marsh (ed) Australia's Choices: Options for a Prosperous and Fair Society, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2002

"Setting and Securing Australia's National Interests: The National Interest as Security" in Ian Marsh (ed) Australia's Choices: Options for a Prosperous and Fair Society, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2002

"Setting and Securing Australia's National Interests: The National Interest as Values" in Ian Marsh (ed) Australia's Choices: Options for a Prosperous and Fair Society, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2002

“Australia and the Asian Crisis” in James Cotton and John Ravenhill (eds) The National Interest in a Global Era: Australia in World Affairs 1996-2000, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2002

“International Relations: The Interweaving of Political and Economic Security” in Michael Keating and Glyn Davis (ed), The Future of Governance: Policy Choices, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2000 (with Allan Gyngell)

“Globalisation and Australian Nationalism” in Leo Suryadinata (ed) Nationalism and Globalisation: West and East, Singapore: ISEAS, 2000

“The Cambodian Waltz: The Khmer Rouge and United Nations Intervention” in Sorpong Peou (ed) Cambodia: Change and Continuity in Contemporary Politics, London: Ashgate, 2000

"The United States and the United Nations" in Peter J. Parish (ed), A Reader's Guide to American History, (London: Fitzroy-Dearborn Publishers, 1997)

Discussion Papers/Commissioned Reports

“Transnational Crime and Security Threats in Asia”, Report Commissioned by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Canberra, December 2007

“Australia and Energy Security”, Report Commissioned by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra, July 2007

“The Evolution of International Approaches to State Building”, Report Commissioned by the Overseas Development Institute, London, 2006

“Australia and APEC Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalisation”, Report prepared for the Japan External Trade Organisation, 2000

“The New Regionalism in East Asia”, Discussion Paper for the 2000 Asia Leaders’ Forum, Beijing, April 2000, Commissioned by the Asia-Australia Institute

“A New Approach to Region-Building in East Asia”, Policy Discussion Paper 3, The Asia-Australia Institute, University of New South Wales, November 1999

"Eastern Hemisphere Summitry: Responding to Change", Issues Paper commissioned by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Inaugural East Asia Leaders' Dialogue, Coolum, September 1999

“Does Australia Need an East Asia Doctrine?”, Policy Discussion Paper 2, The Asia-Australia Institute, University of New South Wales, February 1998

“Response to In The National Interest Australia’s Foreign and Trade Policy White Paper - A Commentary and Critique” Policy Discussion Paper 1, The Asia-Australia Institute, University of New South Wales, September 1997

Media

Various newspaper articles (The Australian; The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, The Courier Mail, The Straits Times) and television (Channel 10 News, SBS News; CNBC News) and radio interviews (ABC PM; ABC AM, SBS Radio; Radio Tay, Scotland) on issues of the UN, multilateralism, Asia-Pacific politics, and Australian foreign policy.

Executive Briefings, Keynote Speeches

Keynote Speech, Asia-Pacific Regional Media Program, Sponsored by the Governments of Norway and New Zealand, Jakarta, 13 November 2008

Presentation to Senior Executive Service Seminar, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Canberra, 26 June 2008

Keynote Speech, Australia-New Zealand Leadership Forum, Wellington, 14 June 2008

Seminar Presentation, National Security Division, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra, 14 July 2008

After-Dinner Speech, Senior Executive Service Retreat, Australian Secret Intelligence Service, 8 May 2008

Keynote Address to the Australia 2020 Summit, Parliament House, Canberra, 19 April 2008

Keynote Presentation, Senior Executive Service Retreat, Australian Federal Police, Bowral, 26 May 2006


Invited Conference Papers, Occasional Lectures and Workshops

“Uncertainty, Risk, and the Future of National Security”, ANU-Toyota Lecture Series, Australian National University, Canberra, 9 May 2008

“Will Australia Be Finlandised?” Conference on East Asian Power Relations, University of Western Australia, 12 October 2007

“Reforms to Australia’s Intelligence Agencies”, Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies Annual Conference, Ottawa, 26 October 2006

“Can Australia Use its Energy Resources for Strategic Leverage?”, Symposium sponsored by the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Australian Homeland Security Centre, Canberra, 11 October 2006

“Australia, Japan and East Asian Regionalism”, Conference Celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Signing of the Japan-Australia Friendship Agreement, Australian Studies Association of Japan, Nagoya, 30 September 2006

“Energy Security”, Conference on Re-envisioning Asia Pacific Security: A Regional-Global Nexus?, Australian National University, 2-3 August 2006

“Regional Challenges for Trilateral Co-operation”, Conference on US-Japan-Australia Relations, Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Honolulu, 8-9 February 2005

“Analysing Transnational Intelligence”, Conference on New Frontiers of Intelligence Analysis: Shared Threats, Diverse Perspectives and New Communities, Rome, 30-31 March 2004

“East Asia in 2020”, National Intelligence Council Workshop on Global Futures, Washington D.C., 7-8 December 2003

"Mediating the Global Order: The Past and Future of Asia Pacific Regional Organisations", Australian Defence Force Academy Conference, "The Asia-Pacific Region: Challenges for the Coming Decade", Canberra, 22-23 August 2001

"The Australian-American Alliance and the Cultures of Liberalism" Australia-United States Alliance 50th Anniversary Conference, "To Strengthen the Fabric of Peace"? The Australia-US Alliance in an East Asian Context" University of Sydney, 29-30 June 2001

"Mediating the Global Order: The Past and Future of Asia Pacific Regional Organisations", Australian Defence Force Academy Conference, "The Asia-Pacific Region: Challenges for the Coming Decade", Canberra, 22-23 August 2001

“Between Trauma and Triumphalism: Ends and Beginnings in Pacific Asia”, Interdisciplinary Conference on Ends and Beginnings in History, Goethe Institut, Sydney, 15 July 2000

“The Regional Security Environment and China’s Incentives for Military Innovation”, Workshop on Military Innovation in China, Brookings Institution, Washington D.C., 12 July 2000

“Commentary from an Asia-Pacific Perspective on The OSCE and Cooperative Security in Europe – An Overview”, CSCAP Workshop on Cooperative Security in Europe – The OSCE Experience, Singapore, 1 June 2000

“Australia and the Asian Crisis”, Australian Institute of International Affairs Workshop, Braidwood, 6-7 May 2000

“The Challenges of China: Australian Perceptions and Reactions”, National Defense University Symposium on The Challenges of China, Washington, D.C., 7-8 March 2000

“The Politics of Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalisation in Australia”, IDE-APEC Study Centre-Japan External Trade Organisation Symposium on the Politics of EVSL, 26-28 January 2000

“Globalisation and Australian Nationalism”, Conference, “Globalisation and Nationalism: East and West”, organised by the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 8-10 April 1999

“International Relations: The Interweaving of Political and Economic Security”, Conference organised by School of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University, in Canberra, 5-8 May 1999

“Globalisation and Australian Foreign Policy”, Conference organised by School of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University, Brisbane, 30-31 October 1998

“Australia and Multilateralism: APEC Trade Liberalisation and the Logic of International-Domestic Bargaining”, The Australia-Japan Research Centre Seminar Series, Australian National University, 29 June 1998

“Consultation, Dialogue, and Region-Building in East Asia”, Conference organised by the National Security Council, Republic of the Philippines, “East Asia 2020: Visions of a Partnership”, Manila, 20-23 November 1997

"Citizenship, Culture, and Regionalism in East Asia", The Asia-Pacific Public Affairs Forum First Annual Conference, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 17-18 May 1997.

"Beyond Blue Helmets: New Forms of Multilateral Security Forces" RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 26 October 1995

"A House Divisive or Decisive? Great Power Dynamics and Security Council Responses" University of Aberdeen Department of Politics and International Relations Graduate Seminar Program, 5 May 1995

Consultancies

Report on Transnational Crime and Security Threats in Asia for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Canberra, December 2007

Australia’s Energy Security, Report Commissioned by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra, August 2007

Australian Experiences with Fragile State Interventions, commissioned research for the Overseas Development Institute (London), August-October 2006

External Reviewer of the International Centre of Excellence in Asia Pacific Studies and the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy for the Department of Education, Science and Training, March-April 2006

Course Convener, “Case Studies in Diplomacy” Course, Australian National University Graduate Program in Public Policy, Canberra, 8-12 May 2000

“The Politics of Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalisation in Australia”, IDE-APEC Study Centre-Japan External Trade Organisation Region-Wide Project on the Politics of EVSL, 26-28 January 2000

IEDEX Ltd Public Sector Leaders’ Summits 1999; Summit 1, “Globalisation and the Challenges and Opportunities for Australia and New Zealand”, Core Presenter, March 1999

“The Response of Regional Institutions to the Asian Finance Crisis”, Research Paper Commissioned by the Eastern Hemisphere Research Institute Network (EHRIN), September 1998. 15,000 words.

Telstra Corporation, “Business Ethics in Asia for Professionals and Managers”, Core Presenter, 1996-1999

Her Majesty's Armed Forces, United Kingdom, “Peacekeeping, Peace-Enforcement and Preventive Diplomacy”, Short Residential Course, University of St. Andrews, February 1995

Academic/Professional Memberships and Achievements

Member of the Board of Directors of Australia Network television, 2009 -

Member of the National Executive of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, 2005 - 2009

Keynote Speaker and Co-Chair of the “Australia in the World” stream at the Prime Minister’s Australia 2020 Summit, Canberra, 19-20 April 2008

Political Science Member of the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences Panel of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts, 2005-2008

Research Convenor and Executive Board Member, Australian Institute of International Affairs, 2005-2008

Member, Australian Member Committee of the Conference for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (AUS-CSCAP)

Australia-Asia Node Convenor of the ARC Asia-Pacific Futures Network, 2005-2009

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Queensland Art Gallery, 2006-2008

Member of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue

Member of the Australian Committee of the Conference for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific