Wednesday 25 May 2022 | 10:33 | SYDNEY


The United Nations and the future of global governance

Dr Michael Fullilove was one of four experts who recently contributed their thoughts about the role of the United Nations and the future of global governance to a Council on Foreign Relations expert roundup. This roundup is a feature of the Council of Councils initiative, gathering

The Arab Spring needs statesmen

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan writes that there is an opportunity for nascent Arab democracies' leaders to exhibit some real leadership

These anti-Japan protests are different

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Linda Jakobson, Program Director East Asia, compares the recent anti-Japanese protests to similar anti-Japanese sentiment which swept across China seven years ago. This time around, the consequences could be much more serious

Bilateral donors in the Pacific: is it more than development?

Acting Director for the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program, Annmaree O’Keeffe, spoke at the Club de Madrid’s Asia Pacific Forum held in Tahiti on July 7 2012. Her address looked at the increased level of aid being invested in the Pacific and asked the question whether this was a competition

Seizing our chance at the big G20 dance

Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, and Mark Thirlwell, interim Director of the Institute's new G20 Studies Centre, write for the Business Spectator on the importance of Australia's membership of the G20

Integrating with India

When we published India: the next economic giant, we predicted that India would become an increasingly important economic partner for Australia. So far, our forecast is mostly on track

Remarks on the opening of the G20 Studies Centre

At the press conference annoucing the establishment of a G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute,  Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove gave a  short statement statement thanking the Federal Government for their support and outlined the importance of the G20 to Australia.&

With friends in high places

Australia is a wealthy nation with a small population occupying a large continent located a great distance from our historical sources of security and prosperity. As a result, the single foreign policy theme which has united our otherwise diverse postwar prime ministers has been the desire to join (

New Voices 2010. Global encounters: Outcomes report

On Friday, 25 June 2010, the Lowy Institute held its seventh annual New Voices conference, bringing together Australia’s leading international relations and development studies students for a discussion with practitioners working in the field. The outcomes report can be downloaded here. 

The 2012 Vernon Parker Oration

Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Wesley delivered the 2012 Vernon Parker Oration to the Australian Naval Institute at the Australian Defence College in Canberra on 14 August 2012.  He  addressed the positions of America and China within the Pacific

Anaemic ascent: why China currency is far from going global

China’s currency is on the rise. Buoyed by the economy’s outperformance and global trade impact, policy steps over the past few years have thrust the renminbi onto the global stage. Is the renminbi going to climb to become a major reserve currency? Not so fast. 

Giant tweets

In his latest column in the American Review, the Lowy Institute's Rory Medcalf examines the different character and impacts of social media in China and India, and asks: can the microblog change the megastates? The column can be read here

Why a U.S.-China 'Grand Bargain' in Asia would fail

In this review of Hugh White's book The China choice, published in The Diplomat, the Lowy Institute's Rory Medcalf focuses on the great difficulties facing a U.S.-China grand bargain and an Asian 'concert of powers'. He argues that it is right to warn of the risks of U.S.-China

Power play risks dissent over accord

Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, writes in an opinion piece in The Australian that arguments that Washington should cede a sphere of influence to Beijing are too neat

How the RBA should manage a high $A

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin argues that when markets are distorted by foreign central banks, it might be better to deal directly with the distortion

Adapt to the tide of change or perish

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin warns that the high dollar, the carbon tax and high labour costs are driving rapid adjustment pressures on manufacturing

Recommendations to boost security in the South China Sea

In this speech, delivered at the 2012 South China Sea conference at CSIS in Washington DC, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf offers some realistic recommendations on boosting security in the contested South China Sea, including through establishing a regional information centre to report maritime

What at stake in the South China Sea?

The territorial disputes in the South China Sea get much less attention than other crisis points, in the Taiwan Straits and the Korean Peninsula, but are arguably more unpredictable and dangerous. It is in the South China Sea that the components of Asia’s changing power dynamics are most

America foreign fantasy

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that Washington's global ambitions exceed its power — and that spells trouble for Australia

ASIS at 60

The Lowy Institute for International Policy hosted the first ever public address by a Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) in the organisation’s 60-year history, on Thursday, 19 July in Canberra. The ASIS Director-General, Nick Warner, provided a rare

Chance to calm South China Sea

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, writes that there is little hope that the ASEAN Forum will resolve differences over the South China Sea

The spectre of Malthus

In this 2009 Lowy Institute working paper, Mark Thirlwell looks at some initial lessons from the 2007-2008 crisis about living in a resource-constrained world. A revised version of this working paper was published in the journal Survival in June-July 2009: A New Era of Food Insecurity? By Alan

Real power behind Tehran tirades

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan writes that wiser men behind the Iranian President will keep his finger off the nuclear button

U.S. 'rebalancing' in Mideast doesn't add up

In an op-ed in the Israeli daily, Haaretz, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo argues that the challenges faced by America in the Middle East will limit the Obama Administration's ability to 'rebalance' towards the Asia-Pacific