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Publications

Media raising a scare will do more harm than good

In this opinion piece in India’s Mail Today newspaper, Lowy Institute coordinator of the Australia-India Roundtable Rory Medcalf argues that sensationalist media reporting putting a racial angle on the crimes against Indian students in Australia is not in the interests of bilateral relations or of

An 'EU-style' Asian Community? A few naïve perceptions

In a lecture co-sponsored by the Lowy Institute and the University of Sydney, delivered at the University of Sydney on 2 December 2009, David Camroux, Senior Researcher at Sciences Po, the Centre for International Studies and Research, Paris, examines the possibility of an EU model for an Asian

Don't be disarmed by anti-nuke drive

In an opinion piece in the Australian, Franklin C. Miller and Andrew Shearer argue that a nuclear deterrent is still the cornerstone of regional stability for Asia.The Australian, 18 December 2009, p. 9Originally published in The Wall Street Journal on 17 December 2009

From the Executive Director

The Lowy Institute celebrates its sixth anniversary this year. This is the first end-of-year message from Dr Michael Wesley as the Institute’s Executive Director

Targets set for Rudd self-implosion

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Fergus Green and Greg Picker, authors of the Lowy Institute Analysis, 'Comprehending Copenhagen: a guide to the international climate change negotiations', argue that the government has created an expectation that it will abide by the accord's

U.S. disarmament is dangerous for Asia

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Franklin Miller and Andrew Shearer argue that the US nuclear deterrent remains the cornerstone of stability in Asia and caution regional governments against embracing some of the key recommendations of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-

Winning the war on the home front

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, and Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argue that Barack Obama’s Afghanistan approach is strategically and politically realistic.The Australian, 11 December 2009, p. 8

Toward a nuclear weapons free world: a Chinese perspective

In this publication, leading Chinese security scholar Shen Dingli offers a point of view on Beijing’s constraints and objectives as it decides how to engage with the new global push for nuclear disarmament, including such initiatives as President Obama’s nuclear-weapon-free-world campaign and

Obama surge

In a new Lowy Institute Policy Brief, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo considers the implications of President Obama’s decision to send additional US troops to Afghanistan

Talks should at least be a big step on the way

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, and Fergus Green, one of the authors of the Lowy Institute guide to the Copenhagen climate change conference, 'Comprehending Copenhagen', examine signs of US-China cooperation in the lead-up to the UN climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.

Why securitisation should secure a revival

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that securitisation can be revived, but it should be done with a great deal of care. Australian Financial Review, 7 December 2009, p. 21

Victim of success: China’s growth and environmental consequences

In the third publication from the Griffith-Lowy Institute Project on the Future of China, Roger Irvine analyses the critical relationship between China’s rapid economic development and climate change and the policy steps Beijing has taken to address these critical issues. As the world focuses on

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: 2009 in review - Research staff presentations

On 2 December, Deputy Director Martine Letts and members of our Lowy Institute research team wound up this year’s Wednesday Lunch at Lowy Club series with a review of 2009, and what it means for Australia. Director of Studies Andrew Shearer, Program Director for East Asia, Dr Malcolm Cook and

History of fear in a country of dust

In a major review essay in The Australian Literary Review, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason reviews three books on the conflict in Afghanistan.Australian Literary Review, 3 June 2009, p. 10

West must grasp the nettle

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason argues that the key to the success of the campaign in Afghanistan lies in changing leaders' calculations.The Australian, 22 September 2009, p. 8

India: Leaving the village behind

In this major review essay for The Australian Literary Review, Lowy Institute Program Director Rory Medcalf examines how some important new books on India can help Australians to understand this rising mega-democracy.The Australian Literary Review, 2 December 2009, ppp. 12-13

Tomorrow China offers scope for hope as well as cause for concern

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Fergus Hanson and Andrew Shearer discuss the results of a Lowy Institute opinion survey conducted in China and what this might mean for the future of Australia-China relations and China’s role in the region. The Australian, 2 December 2009, p. 14

The Mekong: Milton Osborne presentation

The Mekong River basins are one of the most important and dynamic areas in the world for the battle between economic development’s demands for energy and environmental and social sustainability. As world attention shifts to the pending global climate change negotiations in far-off Copenhagen, the

Immoral, illegal and plain wrong to write off our emissions

In an opinion piece in The Age, Fergus Green and Greg Picker, authors of a new Lowy Institute Analysis, 'Comprehending Copenhagen: A Guide to the International Climate Change Negotiations', argue that Australia's contribution to climate change is not negligible by any means. The Age, 30

China and the world: public opinion and foreign policy

The Lowy Institute’s first China Poll is a wide-ranging survey of Chinese public opinion towards a number of important international policy issues. By what do the Chinese people feel threatened? How do they feel about foreign investment from Australia, Canada and the United States? Which country

Al-Qaeda, tribes and instability in Yemen

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Sarah Phillips and Rodger Shanahan discuss the re-emergence of a significant al-Qaeda presence in Yemen. The authors focus on al-Qaeda’s efforts to build relations with local Yemeni tribes, something that will be central to the movement’s prospects of cementing a

Fixing the banks

In an article in the Review section of The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville examines the proposition of greater regulation of the financial sector. Australian Financial Review, 27 November 2009, pp S1, S6

New media and world politics

Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's influential political commentary site, The Interpreter, www.lowyinterpreter.org, spoke in Melbourne on 4 November on new media and world politics.As a participant in the global online conversation, he offered his perspectives on how new media is changing

Consensus an illusory objective

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Greg Picker and Fergus Green, authors of a new Lowy Institute Analysis 'Comprehending Copenhagen', review the prospects of a climate change deal at the Copenhagen negotiations in December. The Australian, 25 November 2009, p. 11

Time to pay the full price in Afghanistan

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Whit Mason, a non-resident fellow of the West Asia program at the Lowy Institute, argues for offering sufficient rewards to attract and retain police, soldiers and civil servants in Afghanistan.The Australian, 20 November 2009, p. 8

Palin and the beauty queen are spookily similar

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, points out the similarities between former Alaska governor and Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Californian beauty queen Carrie Prejean.Financial Times, 19 November 2009, p. 11

The stellar status symbol

In the latest issue of China Security, Research Associate Fiona Cunningham argues that Chinese behaviour needs to be viewed in light of its ambition to become a great power. ‘The Stellar Status Symbol: True Motives for China’s Manned Space Program’ examines China’s first manned space mission

Abolishing all nuclear weapons

The Right Hon. Malcolm Fraser, AC CH, Former Prime Minister of Australia, delivered the 2009 Dr John Gee Memorial Lecture presented by the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the Lowy Institute for International Policy.Mr Fraser addressed the current state of nuclear weapons acquisition and

Regional security and middle power diplomacy

The Honourable Dr Mike Kelly, AM MP, delivered the second Annual Dr John Gee Memorial Lecture, presented by the Lowy Institute for International Policy and The Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU.Dr Kelly addressed the Rudd Government's approach to regional security and middle power diplomacy

Tightening an obvious tie

In this opinion piece in the Indian Express newspaper, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues why India would benefit from recognising the value of prioritising a strategic partnership with Australia, in the week that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visits India.Indian

Political pollution reduction scheme

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Fergus Green and Greg Picker argue that the climate change debate is mired in posturing by politicians. The authors will publish a Lowy Institute Analysis on the Copenhagen conference on 25 November 2009. Australian Financial Review, 11

Toward a new order

Malcolm Cook writes in the Jakarta Globe about the new global prominence of Indonesia, Brazil, India and South Africa and what this means for their relations with their neighbours.Jakarta Globe, 10 November 2009: http://thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/the-thinker-toward-a-new-order/340583

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

Monday, 9 November, 2009 was the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To mark this anniversary, the Lowy Institute engaged three prominent commentators on the significance of the end of the Cold War. Lowy Institute Executive Director, Michael Wesley, moderated a conversation between

Risk of failure helps keep banks honest

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that banks have added gaming-like functions to their essential core services. Australian Financial Review, 9 November 2009, p. 20

Legal haven for war criminals

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Fergus Hanson and Mark Ierace argue for Australia to play its part in the prosecution of war criminals. Sydney Morning Herald, 7 November 2009, p. 11

Distinguished Speaker Series - The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP

On Friday, 6 November 2009, the Honourable Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia, spoke at the Lowy Institute for International Policy on 'Australia, the region and the world: the challenges ahead'. A transcript of the Prime Minister's speech is available for download

Lessons from Brazil capital inflow tax

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that the Brazilian approach to exchange rate pressures is a variant on an old theme. Australian Financisal Review, 4 November 2009, p. 63

One reason you shouldn't go to Afghanistan with a beard

In an opinion piece on ForeignPolicy.com, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo and Susanne Schmeidl of the Afghan NGO The Liaison Office, argue that the United States and its allies will have to exercise more care in their use of Special Operation Forces if they are to win the hearts and minds

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