Rory Medcalf

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.