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Defence has battle at home

Alan Dupont's opinion piece examines Australian defence issues and the rush to complete the defence white paper. The Australian, 20 November 2008, p. 12

Sting of climate change

In an opinion piece, Sarah Potter and Malcolm Cook summarise the findings from the Sting of Climate Change Policy Brief on the effects of climate change on mosquito-borne diseases to Australia’s north. Courier Mail, 20 November 2008, p. 36

We'll have to vie for Obama attention

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that Australia will need 'sharp elbows and pointy ideas' to be heard in Washington.The Australian, 17 November 2008, p. 8

Australia position at the G-20

Dr Michael Fullilove and Dr Stephen Grenville contributed a comment about the forthcoming Washington G-20 meeting to an online forum hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Brookings Institution. The forum is available here:www.thechicagocouncil.org/g20forumhttp://www.brookings.edu/

The sting of climate change

Climate change is not only affecting where people live and prosper but also where mosquitoes do. This is bad news for northern Australia and Australia's northern neighbours. In a new policy brief, Dr Sarah Potter, a malaria research scientist, analyses how climate change will likely affect the

Australia: Allied in transition

The Seattle-based National Bureau of Asian Research publishes Strategic Asia, an annual assessment of Asian security issues affecting the United States. The 2008-09 volume in the series, titled Challenges and Choices, is aimed at providing guidance for the next US President on key decisions

After Bush: how to repair US alliances

In an opinion piece in The Christian Science Monitor, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that whoever wins the US presidential election, either candidate would need to work hard to reinvigorate America's

A world of policy differences

In an article in the News Review section of The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove writes that the foreign policies of the two US presidential candidates would not be as similar as some analysts predict.Sydney Morning Herald, 1 November 2008, p. 29

Why Kissinger should support Obama

In an article in The Daily Beast online magazine, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC, writes that neither candidate would be a foreign policy realist after Henry Kissinger's heart - but Obama would be closer to it

Australia deserves a voice in reshaping the world

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Executive Director Allan Gyngell argues that the coming summit on the global financial crisis presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for Australia. Australian Financial Review, 30 October 2008, p. 67

Expecting the unexpected

To estimate the emissions reductions and costs of a climate policy, analysts usually compare a policy scenario with a baseline scenario of future economic conditions without the policy. Both scenarios require assumptions about the future course of numerous factors such as population growth,

Lenders of last resort may well lose balance

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that saving the banks and their shadows has not solved the deeper problem of the financial system. Australian Financial Review, 27 October 2008, p. 25

Picking the US winner

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove examines the implications of the US presidential election for Australia's interests.Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October 2008, p. 15

Soothing platitudes don't save the world

In an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville discusses the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and his view on the role for co-ordinated international action. Australian Financial Review, 13 October 2008, p.17

Into the crisis, enter the dragon

In an opinion piece in the Herald-Sun, International Economy Program Director Mark Thirlwell writes that while Australians may be concerned about some of the implications of China's economic rise, including the challenges posed by a wave of state-controlled foreign investment into the resource

From losing to winning in Afghanistan

In this opinion piece in The Washington Times, Andrew Shearer and leading US strategic commentator Michael O'Hanlon propose a strategy to reverse the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. Washington Times, 3 October 2008

Down Under, America is on top

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer writes on the rebound in Australian public attitudes towards the United States and growing unease about China's rise revealed in the 2008 Lowy Institute Poll.Wall Street Journal Asia, 1 October

Stephen Grenville opinion piece

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that getting the foreign investment rules right is the best way to deal with sovereign wealth funds. Australian Financial Review, 20 September 2008, p. 23

Pacific off target despite support

In an opinion piece in The Canberra Times, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, argues for bold initiatives in the delivery of Australian aid to the Pacific region. Canberra Times, 25 September 2008, p. 19

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Lydia Khalil presentation

In the Wednesday Lunch on 24 September, Non–resident Fellow Lydia Khalil shared her recent experiences traveling and working in Iraq and Afghanistan and discussed how commonalities can be applied to successful stability operations in these and any other potential conflict zone

The 2008 Lowy Institute Poll: Australia and the world

The fourth annual Lowy Institute Poll surveys a nationally representative sample of Australians on a range of foreign policy issues and contains a number of new questions. These cover attitudes towards Japanese whaling, foreign investment in Australia, China, the US presidential election, climate

Beyond good governance

Australian aid has not been effective in helping the Pacific Islands region make significant progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals

Bad moon not rising: the myth of the Shi'a crescent

Accusations that a Shi'a crescent is emerging in the Arab world following the rise of a Shi'a government in Iraq and the actions of Hizbullah in Lebanon, have provoked much discussion and highlighted fears of Iran's co-religionists gaining political power at the expense of the traditional Sunni

Asia arms no cause for alarm

In an opinion piece in The Canberra Times, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, argues that Australia does not need to react to what the Prime Minister wrongly called an 'explosion' in regional defence spending. In fact, a modest cut to our defence budget would help

Less than meets the eye?

Fergus Hanson and Andrew Shearer published an article in The Diplomat magazine on the extent of China's 'soft power'.The Diplomat, Vol. 7 (3) Sep/Oct 2008 pp 38-39

Time to reckon with nuclear region

In this opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf summarises key messages from his recent policy brief about a nuclear disarmament agenda for Australia. He notes that support for the US-India nuclear deal obliges Canberra to step up its

Bridging the nuclear divide

In this opinion piece in the Indian Express, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that India should appreciate that Australia has come a long way in changing its nuclear policy by supporting the US-India deal in the Nuclear Suppliers Group. The next step should be for India

Preah Vihear: the Thai-Cambodia temple dispute

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Milton Osborne, in a piece for openDemocracy.net, writes that the diplomatic and near-military crisis of 2008 between Thailand and Cambodia reflects both deep historical tensions and contemporary domestic politics. openDemocracy.net, 29 August 2008: http://

How to judge a president to be

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Owen Harries argues that the least likely candidates can succeed as presidents and the best qualified ones can often be a flop. Australian Financial Review, 1 September 2008, p. 55

Overcoming corruption is Indonesia challenge

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville, writing that there are hints that Indonesia may finally be starting to deal with its culture of bribery, offers suggestions for change.Australian Financial Review, 25 August 2008, p. 23

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