Alexander Downer is currently the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and was formerly the country’s longest-serving Foreign Minister. Mr Downer has had a long and distinguished political career in Australia, and was until recently the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus.
Welcoming Mr Downer to RUSI, Director-General Dr Karin von Hippel said: 'We are delighted to have one of Australia’s most distinguished diplomats join RUSI as Senior Associate Fellow. Alexander Downer brings frontline policy knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region and senior diplomatic expertise, including mediation experience in Cyprus. He will no doubt be a crucial resource to RUSI and the wider defence and security community.'
Alexander Downer said: 'I am very pleased to be working with RUSI, one of the world’s pre-eminent institutions on global security issues. RUSI makes an invaluable contribution to understanding the strategic threats and challenges we all face. Its discussions and insights offer significant benefit to Australia’s cooperation with Iraq and other partners in tackling the Da’esh terrorist threat, and also to our active support for efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict.'