About this site

Today there are simultaneous and momentous crises before which modern democracies individually and collectively appear impotent. These include global warming, ecological collapse, biodiversity loss, social injustice, wealth inequality and a dangerous geostrategic shift.

To respond to these complex, technical challenges, governments and policy-makers, including in Australia, will need to draw on a wide range of analysis, research & experience.

This site aims to canvas diverse views and showcase thinking, analysis and research from Europe and around the world, with the aim of contributing to policy debates in Australia.

In recent years, Mike has combined travelling, research and writing. His articles have been published by a range of online publications.

Some contributions published previously on other sites can be viewed by following the links to content at:

The Strategist (Australian Strategic Policy Institute) here

John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations here

The National Interest here

About Mike Scrafton

Mike Scrafton is an Australian policy analyst and writer, currently based in Europe.

Mike’s approach is strongly influenced by his academic background, first and foremost in history, but also in philosophy, economics and public sector management. Mike holds university degrees in history, economics and philosophy (ethics). He studied at the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland, Oxford University and Harvard University.

Mike’s career in the Australian public service spanned three decades. He held senior executive positions at the state and federal level – including in the Department of Defence and the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment – and was the Chief Executive Officer of a Victorian government statutory authority.

For an eventful period in the early 2000s, often remembered for the “Children Overboard Affair“, Mike was Chief of Staff and Ministerial Advisor to successive Australian Ministers for Defence.

In recognition of Mike’s contribution to public administration in Australia, he is a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.