Rory Medcalf is Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute. Rory’s professional background spans diplomacy, journalism and intelligence analysis. 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. He has also worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Canberra’s peak intelligence agency.
His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, a Senior Research Fellow in Indian strategic affairs at the University of New South Wales and a Fellow at the Australia-India Institute.
His research focuses on geopolitical changes and strategic challenges across Indo-Paciﬁc Asia, especially surrounding the rise of India and China. He closely follows Australia’s relations with India and is the Australian co-chair and founding convener of the Australia-India Roundtable, the leading informal dialogue between the two countries.