Published with the Centre for Independent Studies.
Hardback with Dust Jacket, 316 pages.
October 2022 release.
“It would be difficult to think of anyone who has been more percipient
about international affairs in recent decades.
” – Jacob Heilbrunn,
Editor of The National Interest
Born in Wales in 1930, Owen Harries was educated at the Universities of
Wales and Oxford. He migrated to Australia in 1955 and taught at the
Universities of Sydney and New South Wales from 1956 to 1975. In the
late 1970s, he became head of policy planning in the Department of
Foreign Affairs, and served as senior adviser, successively, to Foreign
Minister Andrew Peacock and Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. During
1982-83 he was Australian Ambassador to UNESCO.
From 1983-85, he was a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in
Washington, before becoming Editor of The National Interest
founding in 1985 until 2001. In July 2001, Harries returned to Sydney
and joined the Centre for Independent Studies as a Senior Fellow. In
2003, he also became a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute, which
inaugurated the annual Owen Harries Lecture in 2013 in his honour.
In late 2003, Harries delivered the annual Boyer Lectures for the ABC,
published in 2004 under the title Benign or Imperial? Reflections on
. In 2010, he was presented with an honorary Doctor of
Letters at the University of Sydney in recognition of his contribution
to intellectual life in Australia and the United States. Owen passed
away in June 2020 aged 90.
“Owen’s career and my own were deeply intwined, and it is safe to say
that without him, I would not be where I am today.”
– Francis Fukuyama,
author of "The End of History?"
“This Welsh-born Australian had the imagination and chutzpah to believe
he could influence the international relations of the most powerful
country in history.”
– Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy
“Owen was revered for his foreign-policy realism and Burkean
conservatism, and cherished for his wit and gift for friendship
.” – Tom
Switzer, Executive Director of the Centre for Independent Studies
Tom Switzer is the Executive Director of the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) and is a presenter on ABC Radio National.
Sue Windybank is a Project Editor at CIS.