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Animal spirits tamed in forlorn US

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville asks why the brakes are on in the US economy while zero interest rates should be putting a rocket under demand. Australian Financial Review, 2 March 2009, p. 55

Increase IMF capacity, replace its uselsss bosses

In an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that Australia should seek deeper reform of the International Monetary Fund. Australian Financial Review, 23 February 2009, p. 20

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Mark Thirlwell presentation

If 2008 was the year of the financial crisis, 2009 is set to be the year of the real economy fallout. According to the latest IMF projections, world economic growth is set to fall to its lowest rate since the Second World War. World trade is contracting. Capital flows to emerging markets are

All change or plus ça change

It's now common to hear the claim that the global financial crisis will fundamentally change the world economy. In a new paper in the Lowy Institute's Perspectives series, Mark Thirlwell asks whether the changing facts about the world economy - plummeting growth, soaring risk aversion, collapsing

China and the global financial crisis

In the Griffith-Lowy Institute Project's second publication, Prof. Liew analyses the domestic impacts of the global financial crisis in China and the nature of its initial responses. The global crisis has hit China at a particularly inopportune time politically and economically. The crisis has

Rudd must not retreat from our war criminals

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Research Associate Fergus Hanson examines Australia's current approach to suspected war criminals living in Australia. Fergus is the author of the Lowy Institute Policy Brief entitled Confronting reality: responding to war criminals

Urgent need for new international forum

In an opinion piece on the international financial crisis in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that much needs to be resolved if big nations are to shrink their imbalances smoothly. Australian Financial Review, 7-8 February 2009, p. 62

President of the world

In an article in The Australian Literary Review, Dr Michael Fullilove writes on how Barack Obama's personal experience of globalisation makes him a very different American leader.The Australian - Australian Literary Review, 4 February 2009, p. 10

In this financial crisis, we still need Davos Man

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Mark Thirlwell, Program Director International Economy, mounts a defence for Davos Man, whose reputation has taken a beating from the global financial crisis. Sydney Morning Herald, 30 January 2009, p. 11

Barack Obama inaugural address: a view from Washington, DC

The inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States on 20 January was observed intently by billions of people around the world. One of the unusual aspects of Obama's candidacy for president was that he is such a gifted writer and speaker, a fact which has already led to comparisons

Washington event on President Obama’s inaugural address

On 21 January, the Lowy Institute for International Policy and the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution co-hosted a panel discussion in Washington, DC on the inaugural address delivered by President Obama the day before. The event was chaired by Carlos Pascual, Vice President of

Fine speech for an extraordinary historical moment

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, analyses Barack Obama's inaugural address.Sydney Morning Herald, 22 January 2009, p. 7

Obama legacy must rewrite the terms of success

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute blog, The Interpreter, suggests that if the US President can turn political emphasis away from war he will deserve to be honoured.Australian Financial Review, 21 January 2009, p. 55

Obama biggest speech yet

In this op-ed on www.foreignpolicy.com, Dr Michael Fullilove looks ahead to Barack Obama's inaugural address on 20 January and distills three lessons from history concerning the relationship between presidential language and U.S. foreign policy.http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=

Five problems to fix in a flawed policy

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin argues that the government's climate change policies are fixable. Australian Financial Review, 15 January 2009, p. 47

Engineering political stability

In an opinion piece in the Solomon Star News, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, puts forward suggestions for Solomon Islands' political stability and governance from the conference held in Honiara in late September 2008. Solomon Star

Reports of US decline could be premature

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that Obama will be the president who reveals the frailties in the argument that America is on the decline.Sydney Morning

No more naval gazing as China takes to the sea

In this opinion piece in The Age, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that China's anti-piracy naval deployment off Somalia opens a window of opportunity for Australia and others to test the waters of cooperation with a rising power. The Age, 5 January 2009, p. 9

Chinese anti-piracy mission

In this opinion piece in the International Herald Tribune, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that the naval deployment to combat Somali piracy is a momentous step in China's rise as a world power. He argues that the United States, India and others should seize this

Is Australia foreign investment regime in the national interest?

In a paper written for an IPA conference on Australia's Investment Future, the Institute's Andrew Shearer and Mark Thirlwell take a look at the politics and economics of Australia’s foreign investment regime. They examine the extent to which the regime is adequate to safeguard the national

Obama should try cricket, 'fore it all turns to ashes

An opinion piece by Dr Michael Fullilove, originally published in the Financial Times on 10 December 2008, on the use of a cricket metaphor for President-elect Barack Obama's foreign policy, was published in The Australian Financial Review on 18 December 2008.Australian Financial Review, 18 December

Mr. Obama first trip

On 15 December 2008, Dr Michael Fullilove published an op-ed in The New York Times. During the campaign, President-elect Barack Obama promised that in the first 100 days of his administration he would 'travel to a major Islamic forum and deliver an address to redefine our struggle.' In his op-ed, Dr

Best defence will be non-provocative

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's blog The Interpreter, argues for the adoption by Australia of a non-provocative defence posture. Australian Financial Review, 15 December 2008, p. 55

National strategy crucial to expand Latin America ties

In this opinion piece in the Canberra Times, Deputy Director Martine Letts discusses how the government should build on the Australian private sector's achievements in embracing Latin America through a long-term strategy of engagement, which will pay long term dividends. Canberra Times, 1

Obama ought to take up cricket

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove, Global Issues Program Director and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution, argues that there are several lessons about the international system that President-Elect Barack Obama could learn from cricket.Financial Times, 10

Ambition: the emerging foreign policy of the Rudd Government

In a new Lowy Institute Analysis entitled 'Ambition: the emerging foreign policy of the Rudd Government', Lowy Institute Executive Director Allan Gyngell explores what we have learned about the Rudd Government's emerging foreign policy, about the Prime Minister's own contributions to it and what

Mumbai terrorist attacks

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf assesses some of the repercussions of the Mumbai terrorist attacks. He judges that military confrontation between India and Pakistan is unlikely, and that India might instead focus on its

Engaging Pakistan

The Mumbai terror attacks have once again focused attention on Pakistan's position as both a critical ally in the war on terror and a country in which a number of key terrorist groups have found safe haven. The international community faces a difficult dilemma in balancing demands that Pakistan do

A proposed Australian strategy for Latin America to 2020

In a speech to the 2008 Annual Australia Latin America Business Council dinner, Deputy Director Martine Letts argues for a comprehensive whole of government Australian strategy to engage with Latin America to diversify and strengthen relations with an increasingly successful and influential region

Australia, East Asia and the current financial crisis

In a new Analysis, Dr Stephen Grenville argues that as the international crisis begins to impinge more strongly on Asia, one of the potential protective responses – the Chiang Mai Initiative – needs some tweaking to make it politically acceptable for countries which need it. Australia might be

The Alexander Downer legacy

In a major series for the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, veteran ABC journalist Graeme Dobell explores the legacy of Australia's longest-serving foreign minister, Alexander Downer. The three introductory posts to Graeme Dobell's series can be read here: Introduction, part one: http://www.

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