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John Michell is a former career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Relations from Deakin University, Australia. Although he is currently admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court, he has been a full time author since February 2017.
John's diplomatic career included postings to Washington, New Delhi, Port Moresby, Moscow, Solomon Islands, East Timor, and Trinidad and Tobago where he was Australia’s High Commissioner/Ambassador to fourteen Caribbean countries.
John also served has as Chief Negotiator for the Australian-led Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville, PNG (September-December 1999) and as political adviser to the Solomon Islands Ceasefire/Peace Monitoring Council (August-December 2000). In the former capacity, he was awarded the Australian Service Medal and in the latter the Australian diplomatic service's inaugural Australia Day Achievement Medallion for outcomes achieved in an uncertain personal security environment. His final assignments with the diplomatic service were as head of its offices in the Australian states of South Australia and Queensland.
John remains keenly interested in foreign affairs and travels frequently. He currently resides in Brisbane, Queensland.