On Thursday, 28 November the Lowy Institute was honoured to host Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Dr Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, conducted a conversation with Daw Suu at the Institute's Bligh Street Headquarters.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. In 1991, her efforts to promote democracy and human rights in Burma won her the Nobel Prize for Peace. She was released from house arrest in November 2010. In April 2012, Daw Suu was elected to the Pyithu Hluttaw, the lower house of the parliament, representing the constituency of Kawhmu. Her party won 43 of the 45 vacant seats in the lower house.
With economic links between Australia and Burma now growing strongly, Dr Sean Turnell of Macquarie University provided a brief perspective on Burma's economy, and the role of Daw Suu in its reform.
This was one of Daw Suu's few public engagements during her visit to Australia.
Dr. Michael Fullilove
Dr. Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, has worked as a lawyer, a volunteer in the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, and an adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating. Fullilove was a consultant to Frank Lowy AC on the establishment of the Lowy Institute.
Fullilove graduated in international relations and law from the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, with dual university medals. He also studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he took a master's degree in international relations and wrote his doctorate on Franklin D. Roosevelt's foreign policy. His dissertation was awarded the annual prize for the best international history thesis in Britain.
Fullilove has published more than fifty articles in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, The National Interest and Foreign Affairs. He has been quoted in publications such as The Yomiuri Shimbun, The South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, and he is a regular commentator for the ABC and CNN. Fullilove's first book, Men and Women of Australia! Our Greatest Modern Speeches, was published by Vintage in 2005.
Aung San Suu Kyi
Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy
A former Senior Analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia, Sean Turnell joined the Economics Department at Macquarie University in 1991.
His research interests include Burma and its economy, financial sector reform in developing countries, the history of global monetary institutions, Australian trade policy, and the history of Australian economic thought.