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Michael Wesley
Michael Wesley

Michael Wesley is Deputy Vice-Chancellor International at the University of Melbourne.


As a contributor

Australian Foreign Affairs 8: Can We Trust America?
A Superpower in Transition

The eighth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines the changing status of the United States as its dominance in the Asia-Pacific faces challenge from China and its “America First” foreign policy marks a shift away from global engagement.        

Can We Trust America? looks at the uncertainties for Australia as questions arise about the commitment of its closest ally.            

“Whether we like it or not, the challenge of defending Australia will become much harder in the twenty-first century. We are no longer a strategic backwater.” MICHAEL WESLEY

The fourth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines the challenge of defending Australia at a time of regional uncertainty and fast-changing military technology. 

AFA2 Trump in Asia
The New World Disorder

Trump in Asia is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the issues facing Canberra as Australia’s closest ally recasts its alliances.

Extracts by Michael Wesley

Australia, Asia and the president without a plan
The collapse of Australia’s defences in a contested Asia
How China is testing the alliance