By Alexandra Hansen
The Foreign Editor of The Australian newspaper, Greg Sheridan, has been appointed a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute.
The A.I.I board approved the appointment at its meeting in Melbourne on September 2nd. Several other appointments will soon be announced on the Institute’s website.
Greg Sheridan, a passionate advocate of closer ties between Australia and India, is one of Australia’s most influential foreign policy commentators. He has authored five books on international relations, and his writing has appeared in newspapers and journals around the world, including The Sunday Times, The Wall Street Journal, The South China Morning Post, The Jakarta Post and The Hindustan Times.
Renowned for his straight-talking style, Sheridan entered journalism in 1979 as a staff writer for The Bulletin magazine. He joined The Australian newspaper in 1984 as an editorial writer, and in 1985 was appointed the paper’s first ever Beijing Correspondent, and was later posted to Washington. In 1992 he became the paper’s foreign editor, a position he has held for more than 20 years.
Commenting on the appointment, A.I.I Director, Professor Amitabh Mattoo said “As the foremost Australian thinker on foreign policy, and as a great friend of India, we welcome Greg to our Fellowship and look forward to being the beneficiaries of his incisive thinking and wisdom on international relations”.
Sheridan’s fascination with Asia began with his travels to the region in the late 1970s. He has interviewed Presidents and Prime Ministers in India, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and Israel, and cabinet secretaries and vice presidents in China, the United States and numerous countries in the Middle East and Europe. He is a frequent commentator on TV and radio and a sought-after speaker at regional conferences. His work has been anthologised in many books and has been translated into Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and Vietnamese.
The A.I.I’s new Distinguished Fellow is a former member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Quadrant magazine, and was for several years a board member of the Alfred Deakin Research Centre at Deakin University. He is a founding member of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue.
In 2001, Greg was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal by the Australian Government for services to journalism. He has twice been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC and in 2010 was a Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC.
Greg Sheridan was educated at Sydney and country schools in New South Wales, and at the University of Sydney. He now lives in Melbourne with his family. His most recent book, The Partnership: Inside the alliance between George W Bush and John Howard, was published in 2006 by University of New South Wales Press.