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Odds on an Obama comeback improve

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, presents a case for the re-election of President Barack Obama.Sydney Morning Herald, 8 November 2010, p. 11

Advance Column: Think tanks look to Asia

In his column on global think tanks in the November 2010 issue of the journal American Review, Lowy Institute Program Director Rory Medcalf looks at the challenges for foreign policy research in China and India as well as the evolving policy debate on Afghanistan. This survey covers recent work by

Afghanistan: OK to be partisan

In an opinion piece for Crikey, James Brown argues that bipartisanship on defence issues has resulted in laziness in Australian military policy. He suggests better defence policy will result from politicians who are more partisan and better informed on defence issues.Crikey, 18 October 2010

1940: Free French coup de force in Noumea [English version]

In this contribution to the 2010 commemorative anthology commissioned by the Australian Consulate-General to Nouméa, Army Visiting Fellow Nick Floyd provides the historical military and strategic context to the eventful start of diplomatic relations between New Caledonia and Australia.Throughout

A digital DFAT: joining the 21st century

Ediplomacy is no longer a boutique extra. Serious foreign ministries are embracing it to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. Australia’s own Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a lot of catching up to do. It also has a lot to gain.  

Food for Thought: Entering Australia age of uncertainty

In the Food for Thought series in Canberra, Malcolm Cook, Director of the Lowy Institute’s East Asia program, and Hugh White, a Visiting Fellow at the Institute and head of the ANU’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, debated what the Asian strategic order will look like in 20 to 30 years

A dictator paradise

Fergus Hanson wrote for ISN Insights of 19 October that Fiji’s latest strongman, Commodore 'Frank' Bainimarama, who seized power from the elected government in a December 2006 military coup, is tightening his grip on power and dismantling what is left of Fiji’s democracy

New dragon in town

Fergus Hanson wrote for ISN Insights on 26 October that China’s increasingly active role in providing aid in the Pacific is a reminder of the scope of its global ambitions, but why is China so interested in the region, and how does it fit into the wider picture of its development assistance

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Professor Dieter Imboden presentation

Scientific research has become one of the most important economic drivers, especially in countries which are poor in natural resources. Yet, the role of science in modern society goes beyond the production of knowledge. At the Wednesday Lunch on 3 November, Professor Dieter Imboden explored the

Japan-China maritime relations: dealing with new dimensions

In the Lowy Institute's latest Strategic Snapshot, Dr Hiroyasu Akutsu explores the strategic dynamics animating the China-Japan maritime relationship, which is becoming dangerously militarised. Against a backdrop of shifting power balances, enhanced military capabilities and lingering territorial

Andrew Shearer interview: The Monocle

Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer was interviewed for The Monocle on Australia's ambitious defence spending plans.The interview can be heard at: http://www.monocle.com/the-monocle-weekly/edition76.aspxThe Monocle, Edition 76, 24 October 2010

Role of leaders assists in the strategy of aid

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Fergus Hanson and Alex Oliver, authors of a new Lowy Institute Analysis 'What makes a leader? Leadership mapping in our region', set out some of the key findings from their report mapping the leadership in Samoa and Timor-Leste. The Australian, 27 October 2010

What makes a leader? Mapping leadership in our region

Does Australia understand the leaders of our region? Is our $1.4bn in scholarship funding reaching the right people? There is good reason to believe that leaders matter, and that they are particularly important in developing countries. This 2010 Lowy Institute Analysis presents the results of the

Time to put policy meat on white paper bones

In an opinion piece in The Australian's Defence Special Report, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White suggests a new process to develop a decent defence policy.The Australian, Defence Special Report, 23 October 2010, p. 2

A progressive case for Australia Afghanistan mission

In an opinion piece on The Drum, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, and Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, make the progressive case for Australia’s Afghanistan mission.The Drum Unleashed, 19 October 2010

Inflict enough pain and Taliban will negotiate

In an opinion piece in The Age, James Brown, a military associate in the Lowy Institute's International Security program, argues that the West must be patient, that the new strategy in Afghanistan has barely had time to start working.The Age, 19 October 2010, p. 13

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Fergus Hanson and Alex Oliver presentations

Do leaders matter? Are the trajectories of nations directed by unstoppable social and economic forces regardless of who’s in charge, or are the histories of states those of a handful of highly influential leaders?At the Wednesday Lowy Lunch on 20 October, Fergus Hanson and Alex Oliver reported on

Lowy Institute Panel Discussion

As a follow-up to the Lowy Institute MDG conference held in Sydney in June and the recent UN MDG summit in New York, the Lowy Institute, through The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program, convened a special panel of diverse commentators and experts from government and non-government sectors to tackle

A road map for global 'currency peace'

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stpehen Grenville writes that there is a middle path away from export dependence.Australian Financial Review, 11 October 2010, p. 23

Advance column

In his column in the new journal American Review, Lowy Institute Program Director for International Security Rory Medcalf surveys new research on strategic issues in US and other global think tanks. In the May-October 2010 issue, he looks at recent work by the Center for a New American Security, the

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Professor John McAneney presentation

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 6 October, Professor John McAneney, the Director of Risk Frontiers and a Professorial Fellow in the Division of Environment and Geography at Macquarie University, addressed the contribution of global climate change to the rising cost of natural disasters

Silver lining for India in threat of tarnished games

In this op-ed in The Weekend Australian, Lowy Institute India specialist Rory Medcalf argues that the fiasco around Commonwealth Games preparations might just have a long-term payoff for India if it strengthens internal forces seeking to reduce corruption and complacency in the way the nation is run

The silent revolution

Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley presented a speech on 'The silent revolution' on 22 May 2010. The speech is available here

Getting China right

Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, presented the Sydney Ideas Lecture on 29 September 2009 on the topic of 'Getting China right'. The lecture can be read here

70th anniversary address

Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley presented the 70th Anniversary Address of Radio Australia on 1 December 2009. The address is available here

The enduring threat of globalist terrorism

Executive Director Michael Wesley presented a speech at the Port and Maritime Terrorism Conference in Melbourne on 14 September 2009 on the enduring threat of globalist terrorism. The speech is available here

Nurturing ideas

Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley presented the keynote speech at Philanthropy Australia's Annual Meeting in Melbourne on 1 September 2010. He spoke on the topic of 'Nurturing ideas'. The speech can be read here

Australia place in the world

Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley delivered the Perspective Asia Lecture at the Griffith Asia Institute in Brisbane on 29 July 2010. The lecture, entitled 'Australia's place in the world', can be read here

Nuclear weapons and American strategy in the age of Obama

Did the 2010 US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) get it right? In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that – contrary to what has been widely assumed – the NPR does not significantly reduce the role of nuclear weapons in America’s strategic posture. In particular, it

The world community organizer

In an article in The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that President Obama’s foreign policy bears the traces of his time as a community organiser in Chicago. This piece was republished on The Drum on 23 September 2010 at http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/

Little power, big choices: Australia strategic future

In the Lowy Institute's fourth Strategic Snapshot, Research Associate and Asia Security Project Coordinator Raoul Heinrichs explores the strategic challenges confronting Australia as shifting power balances in Asia produce new calculations among the region's major powers.Building on Power and Choice

Aid program is healthy but in need of a plan

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Annmaree O'Keeffe writes that Australian aid dollars are reaching a greater range of countries around the world.The Australian, 20 September 2010, p. 10

Foreign policy attacks in fantasy land

In an opinion piece in The Weekend Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that Australian foreign policy during Labor's first term was successful by historical standards.The Australian, 18 September 2010

Can we eliminate nuclear weapons?

The 2010 Dr John Gee Memorial Lecture, 'Can we eliminate nuclear weapons?', was presented by Joseph Cirincione, who has devoted a long career to the study of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. He is currently the President of Ploughshares Fund

Swap exchange rate pressure for policy

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that Asia must curb excessive capital inflows.Australian Financial Review, 13 September 2010, p. 25

Rudd Asian field of dreams: build it and they will come?

Andrew Shearer and Malcolm Cook published an article in the Southeast Asia Bulletin of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on Kevin Rudd's idea of an Asia-Pacific Community.The publication is available at: http://csis.org/files/publication/0809_southeastasia_bulletin.pdf

Asia maritime security is all at sea

In an opinion piece in The Australian, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf warns that China and its neighbours lack even the basic maritime rules that kept the Cold War cool. This article is based on the recent Strategic Snapshot Decisions and Destinies: Asian Security in 2010,

Resumption of Six Party Talks

In this panel discussion on China Radio International's Beyond Beijing program, Research Associate and Asia Security Project Coordinator Raoul Heinrichs explores the future prospects for the Six Party Talks, and for security on the Korean Peninsula

The return of geo-economics

The return of geo-economics makes the case that our international environment has become one that is marked by an increasingly dense entanglement of issues involving international economics, national security and foreign policy. Geo-economics was born in 1990, inspired by the idea of strategic

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