Allan Gyngell is one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals, with expertise in Australia’s foreign policy and diplomatic history. He is a founder of the Lowy Institute (Australia’s leading foreign policy think tank), and currently serves as Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. His most recent book, Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World Since 1942, was released in 2017 to considerable acclaim. While visiting New Zealand for the NZIIA National Conference, he will speak at the University of Auckland on the implications of a changing world for New Zealand’s foreign policy and our relationship with the region.
Recorded at the University of Auckland, 7 March 2018
Allan Gyngell AO was appointed the National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) in September 2017, having previously been named a Fellow of the AIIA in 2010.
He is an honorary professor with the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific and was most recently Director of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum.
Mr Gyngell has had an extensive career in Australian international affairs. He was the Director-General of the Australian Office of National Assessments and he has worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He was Senior Advisor (International) to Prime Minister Paul Keating between 1993 and 1996.
Mr Gyngell was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2009 for services to international relations.