Professor Rory Medcalf is the Head of the National Security College. He has more than two decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism, including a formative role as Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute. His research areas include Australia's security challenges, the further development of an Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment, China-India relations, and prospects for maritime and nuclear stability in Indo-Pacific Asia. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control.
Rory has a special interest in India and is the founding convener and co-chair of the Australia-India Policy Forum, an influential informal dialogue between the two countries.
He holds non-resident affiliations with the Brookings Institution and the Lowy Institute, and was a member of the independent expert panel providing advice on the Australian Government's 2015 Defence White Paper.
Australian security, defence and foreign policy; Asian strategic dynamics, including an Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment; maritime security; nuclear issues; strategic implications of the rise of China and India; Australia-India relations.