Rory Medcalf



Making history (up)

05 October 2010 | 0:00 - By Rory Medcalf

Using the 'what if?' approach to history, Rory Medcalf argues the pros and cons of alternatives to the Vietnam War.


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Interview with David Bradbury

27 July 2010 | 0:00 - By Rory Medcalf

A conversation with filmmaker David Bradbury about the making of My Asian Heart.

Philip Blenkinsop at work in Nepal.

Philip Blenkinsop at work in Nepal.

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Ghosts of the 7th Cavalry

15 March 2010 | 0:00 - By Rory Medcalf

Rory Medcalf sees Major Robert ‘Snuffy’ Gray re-evaluating the campaigns of his beloved US 7th cavalry regiment and wonders if Australia can learn lessons too.



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China's Capitalist Revolution

27 January 2010 | 0:00 - By Rory Medcalf

Rory Medcalf takes a look at China's Capitalist Revolution and says the reign of late Communist Party leader Deng Xiaoping deserves much closer scrutiny.


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Islam in America

13 November 2009 | 11:00 - By Rory Medcalf

Rory Medcalf considers the plight of the Muslim soldier in the US Army and wonders if a willingness to fight for your country equates to wider social acceptance within it.


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The Farewell Files

27 October 2009 | 0:00 - By Rory Medcalf

Rory Medcalf explores the idiosyncrasies of KGB officer and western informer, Vladimir Vetrov, finding him, in the end, "confused, vodka-soaked, self-deluding, erratic, angry and above all spiteful." 


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The Conspiracy Files: Lockerbie

15 October 2009 | 0:00 - By Rory Medcalf

To Rory Medcalf, the attempt to piece a conspiracy theory around the 1988 Lockerbie bombing stems from our human instinct to apply logic in senseless situations.


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About this Blog

Rory Medcalf worked variously as an intelligence analyst, diplomat and journalist before joining the Lowy Institute in March 2007.

Rory Medcalf In a wide-ranging career, Rory Medcalf has specialised in understanding the politics of war and peace.

He has worked as an intelligence analyst, diplomat and journalist, studied conflicts first-hand from Kashmir to the Pacific to Northern Ireland, and now directs the international security program for the Lowy Institute in Sydney. His formal diplomatic
experience included a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring following the civil war on Bougainville, and contributing to nuclear disarmament projects including the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. He then served as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Australia's peak intelligence agency.

Rory's earlier work as a newspaper journalist was commended in the Walkley awards. He
maintains a close interest in India, and convenes unofficial dialogues between Australian and Indian policy thinkers.

 
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