Interview with Professor Michèle Flournoy (Balliol 1983) 

Monday 26 April 2021

One Balliol Old Member interviews another in the latest episode of The Director’s Chair, a podcast by the Lowy Institute. The Institute’s director, Michael Fullilove (Balliol 1997), talks to the policymaker and policy entrepreneur Michèle Flournoy (Balliol 1983), a former senior Pentagon official, managing partner of WestExec Advisors, and chair of the Center for a New American Security.

Michèle is a leading expert on US defence and strategic policy. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy in the Clinton administration. She also served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Obama administration, which made her, at the time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Pentagon.

Michael and Michèle discuss the rise of China, the resilience of America and Australia’s and New Zealand’s approach to the world. Michèle also reflects on the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq, the workplace environment at the Pentagon, and risk of conflict in the Taiwan Strait.

You can hear the interview here.