Paris: Dissecting the Aussie Diaspora
World Wide Webs: Dissecting the Aussie Diaspora
A Roundtable Discussion with Dr Michael Fullilove
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As one of an estimated 1 million Australians living and working overseas, you are part of the modern Australian diaspora. It’s a phenomenum that has proven so pronounced and so resilient that Australian governments have begun to try to harness the vast amount of Aussie talent that is currently off-shore.
Dr Michael Fullilove is the Director of the Global Issues Program at the Lowy Institue in Sydney. He is the author of “World Wide Webs: Diasporas and the International System”, and is widely considered to be a world expert on diasporas.
Join Dr Fullilove for a discussion about diasporas in today’s world, and the Australian diaspora in particular:
• Why are global diasporas getting larger and stronger?
• How is Australia’s attitude to its diaspora changing?
• Are we considered an asset for the country?
• Will our expat experience count for anything when we return home?
• How should countries like Australia seek to tap their diasporas?
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World Wide Webs: Diasporas and the International System”
On 18 February, the Lowy Institute launched Michael Fullilove's new Lowy Institute Paper, “World Wide Webs: Diasporas and the international system”. In this paper, Michael argues that diasporas (communities which live outside, but retain their connections with, their homelands) are getting larger, thicker and stronger – with important implications for global economics, identity, politics and security. Michael compares diasporas to 'world wide webs' emanating from states, with dense, interlocking, often electronic strands spanning the globe and binding different individuals, institutions and countries together. World wide webs offers a fresh take on globalisation which raises difficult questions for national governments, including the Australian government.
To read the report, click here
Director, Global Issues Program
Lowy Institute for International Policy
Michael Fullilove is the Director of the Global Issues Program at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. A lawyer and historian by training, Michael was an adviser to Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating and a consultant on the establishment of the Lowy Institute. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he wrote his doctorate on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s foreign policy. Michael has published more than eighty articles in publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald, the International Herald Tribune, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, The National Interest and Foreign Affairs. He has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Economist and The New York Times and he is a regular commentator for CNN International and the ABC. Michael’s first book, 'Men and Women of Australia!' Our Greatest Modern Speeches, was published recently by Vintage Australia. He is thirty-six years old.