Allan Gyngell

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Person.png Allan GyngellRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, academic)
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DiedMay 2023 (Age 75)
Member ofAustralian Institute of International Affairs, Lowy Institute, Trilateral Commission

Allan Gyngell was an Australian spook who worked with foreign policy making. He was President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) from 2017 until 2023.[1]. He also was a member of the Trilateral Commission.[2]


Gyngell had an extensive career in Australian foreign policy making. He worked with readying Canberra for Papua New Guinea's independence in 1975 he helped identify the significance of Mikhail Gorbachev for the Soviet Union, shaping the alliance with the United States and set the policy for Australia's engagement with Asia.[3]

He was the Director-General of the Australian Office of National Assessments (ONA) from 2009 to 2013, on request from PM Kevin Rudd[3]. Prior to leading the ONA, he was the founding Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2003 to 2009. Additionally, he has worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and as an Australian diplomat in Rangoon, Singapore and Washington. He was Senior Advisor (International) to Prime Minister Paul Keating between 1993 and 1996.[1]

Gyngell was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2009 "for services to international relations". In 2007, he co-authored Making Australian Foreign Policy with Michael Wesley. His last book, Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World Since 1942, was released in 2017.[1]

He was an honorary professor with the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific and was most recently Director of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum.[1]

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