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Rudd is needed at nuclear summit

In this opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf examines President Obama's major revision of US nuclear weapons posture and argues that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should support Obama's efforts by attending a nuclear security summit

Gaps in the law make the nation a dragan lair

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Mark Ierace and Fergus Hanson argue Australia is failing to meet its international obligations relating to war crimes and its capability to prevent suspected war criminals from entering the country has been significantly reduced. The Australian, 6 April

John Lang, our forgotten Indian envoy

In this article in The Spectator (Australia), Lowy Institute Program Director and India expert Rory Medcalf suggests that a voice from the past could help ease today’s media-fed tensions between India and Australia. John Lang, Australia’s first novelist, was a pioneer of the Indian press and

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: After Copenhagen, attention is moving away from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and towards a new climate multilateralism, one that more actively engages other global f - John Connor presentation

After Copenhagen, attention is moving away from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and towards a new climate multilateralism, one that more actively engages other global forums such as the G20, WTO and the Major Economies Forum alongside the UNFCCC. This requires a

Barack finds a friend

In an article in The Spectator (Australia), Lowy Institute Senior Research Fellow Andrew Shearer writes that the US President and the Australian Prime Minister both meet stiff resistance to their idealistic agendas.The Spectator (Australia), 17 March 2010

Conference Report: Asia’s Nuclear Future

In February 2010 the Lowy Institute co-hosted a major international workshop on Asia’s Nuclear Future with the US-based Non-Proliferation Policy Education Centre. Leading experts and security practitioners from the United States, China, Japan, India, Pakistan and Australia had a candid exchange of

Adapting America’s Security Paradigm

On 23 March the Washington-based National Strategy Information Center (NSIC) released a major report arguing that the United States and other democracies face a radically altered international security environment that will require a range of new and better integrated capabilities. The report,

Diplomacy in ruins

In an article in The Weekend Australian, Lowy Institute Research Associate Alex Oliver and Senior Research Fellow Andrew Shearer write that Australia's ability to have its voice heard overseas has been dangerously compromised.The Australian, 27 March 2010, Inquirer p. 4

Yuan not the only issue in global imbalances

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that structural adjustment needs constructive debate.Australian Financial Review, 22 March 2010, p. 10

Not all tension in Turkey is West v Islam

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason argues that the Muslim-majority republic is faced with an ideological clash years in the offing.The Australian, 25 March 2010, p. 8

Nuclear weapons in Asia: why we should worry

In the Lowy Institute's first Food for Thought lecture in Melbourne, on 23 March, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf explored how the dangers of nuclear-armed confrontation between states might be minimised in the Asian century. He focused on relations among the United States,

Does Obama care about Asia?

In an article in The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that Obama has a chance to become the first truly Pacific president.The Daily Beast, 19 March 2010

The Pacific presidency

US President Barack Obama has called himself ‘America’s first Pacific president’. On Monday the Lowy Institute and the United States Studies Centre endeavoured to flesh out this concept. How should we rate his presidency and, in particular, his policies towards the Pacific region? What looming

War crimes laws are flawed and problematic

In an opinion piece in The National Times, Research Fellow Fergus Hanson argues that there are serious shortcomings in Australia's war crimes legislative framework and specialist training, and a lack of investigatory muscle within the Australian Federal Police. National Times, 9 March 2010

We should do more for Indonesia

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Research Fellow Fergus Hanson argues that Australia's relationship with Indonesia will continue to stagnate without some major leadership gestures.The Australian, 8 March 2010, p. 9

China reform

Liu Xiaobo, one of the most celebrated public intellectuals in China, was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison for incitement to subversion. Diplomats and human rights activists have joined in condemning the sentence on grounds both of its lack of legal validity and its severity. A groundswell

Indonesia and Australia: time for a step change

The relationship with Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important but it is still not on a firm footing. Government-to-government ties have been strengthening but relations are focused around a mostly negative set of security-related issues

Japan is crucial to our future

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues against the Rudd Government's antagonising Japan over the issue of whaling. Australian Financial Review, 24 February 2010, p. 63

Resilience the key to fighting terrorism

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute blog, The Interpreter, argues that the government hasn't really embraced 'resilience' in its new counter-terrorism strategy. Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 2010, p. 11

Carry trade can harm recovering economies

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that a bounce back for the flow of international capital may not be good news. Australian Financial Review, 22 February 2010, p. 23

Frustrated US struggles to open dialogue with China

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that after years of playing a strong diplomatic game, China may have overreached a little.Sydney Morning Herald, 22 February 2010, p. 11

Clear the air with India

In this op-ed in The Australian, senior Lowy researchers Fergus Hanson and Rory Medcalf argue that Canberra needs to commission an independent committee of inquiry to set the record straight about the crimes against Indian students in Australia, and to pressure the Victorian government to provide

Crazy days on the campaign trail

Dr Michael Fullilove reviewed the book 'Race of a Lifetime', by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, in The Sydney Morning Herald of 13 February. Sydney Morning Herald, 13 February 2010, Review p. 32

How the roar of China tiger will be heard across the world

The year of the tiger began on 14 February with the Chinese lunar new year's day. In the Inquirer section of The Weekend Australian, Lowy Institute research staff described 10 ways China will shape the planet in the next 12 months.The Australian, 13-14 February 2010, Inquirer p. 2

Lateral thinking needed on foreign aid

In an article in the National Times, Bill Bowtell, Director of the Lowy Institute's HIV/AIDS Project, argues that Senator Barnaby Joyce is doing his job by asking sensible questions about the level and purpose of the almost $4 billion we spend each year on bilateral and multilateral aid. 

Exception to the trend

In an article in The Australian, Mark Thirlwell, Program Director International Economy, discusses Chinese foreign investment in Australia.The Australian, 24 September 2009, p. 3

Distinguished Speaker Series - Helen Clark presentation

The Institute was pleased to host an address by Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme, on 12 February.In recent times, the challenges of the developing world are compounded by multiple crises: the food and fuel crises, the global recession, climatic events, and devastating

Will America defend its Asian allies?

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Andrew Shearer, Director of Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, analyses the Pentagon's recently-released 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and comments on some of the implications for America’s allies in Asia. Wall Street

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: 2010 The year ahead - Research staff presentations

On 3 February, at the first Wednesday Lunch at Lowy for 2010, three Lowy Institute scholars discussed where the world and our region are headed after a tumultuous year in 2009. Will things be calmer or more uncertain?Mark Thirlwell, Program Director International Economy, assessed the post-GFC

Welcome to 2010

At at reception at the Westin Hotel on Thursday 28 January 2010, Dr Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, spoke of what we should expect in the decade ahead

Terror in capital brings fight to elite

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason writes that the latest Taliban attacks have blown up the illusion that Kabul is a safe haven.The Australian, 20 January 2010, p. 8

Mekong under threat

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Milton Osborne writes that the Mekong, Southeast Asia's longest river, has been transformed in the past three decades and now the food security of the Lower Mekong Basin hangs in the balance. The article is available here in English and Chinese. Chinadialogue, 15

2020 vision: that sinking feeling

In an article in The Australian, ten Lowy Institute research staff describe ten aspects of our world that may vanish by 2020.The Australian, 16 January 2010, p. 2

Threat to cricketers may heal relations

In an opinion piece in The Age, Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, coordinator of the Australia-India Roundtable, suggests that the threats by India’s Shiv Sena extremists to ban Australian cricketers will alienate mainstream Indians. He argues that the crisis over the welfare

Not unpopular in China

In an article in Pragati - The Indian National Interest Review, Andrew Shearer and Fergus Hanson write on the tensions between India and China.Pragati, January 2010, p. 19-20

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