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Fergus Hanson has published an opinion piece in the Global Post on technological innovation at the US State Department, the topic of his recent Lowy Institute Analysis. Global Post, 8 April 2012 

Doubling down on Obama

Dr Michael Fullilove, the Lowy Institute’s Program Director Global Issues, has been observing President Barack Obama for a long time. He was in Boston for the 2004 Democratic National Convention at which Obama emerged as a national figure, and he spent the 2008 election year in the United

Behind the mountains

In an article in May/June edition of The American Interest, Konrad Muller explores the anxieties toward China that still linger in Kazakhstan, Central Asia's most significant state economically and politically, and a country in which China has very serious interests: diversifying oil supplies,

Brotherhood bid bad news, and good

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, writes that the decision by the Muslim Brotherhood to field a candidate in Egypt's presidential election in May, after repeatedly insisting it would not do so, is mostly bad news for the country's democratic

The world economy, Murphy law and Finagle corollary

Over the second half of 2011, the world economy seemed to be sliding inexorably towards another major financial crisis. In the event, actions by an aggressive European Central Bank managed to halt the slide to Eurogeddon. But a fragile world economy remains dangerously vulnerable to adverse shocks

Open door policy

In an article for Foreignpolicy.com's Argument section, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson asks whether the State Department's ambitious new plan to subvert autocratic regimes online can actually succeed.The article can be read here

War tweets

In his latest column in American Review, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf looks at the growing use of twitter as a propaganda tool in warfare, from Afghanistan to Somalia.The column can be read here. 

Monetary policy works with help from banks

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that Australian banks have an interest in following the signals of the RBA.Australian Financial Review, 30 January 2012, p. 21

Time to weigh our role in Iran threat

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, writes that any US military confrontation with Iran in the Gulf would quickly underline the need for Australia to view its ties in the region in a similar way.The Australian, 1 February 2012, p. 10

Catching Europe ills

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin writes that Australia is risking its future prosperity by adopting Europe's fatally flawed policies.Australian Financial Review, 6 February 2012, p. 54

One size does not fit every Arab Spring

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Rodger Shanahan writes that a united front by the world in response to Syria is by no means easy to achieve.The Australian, 8 February 2012, p. 10

Time to get smart in the spying game

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that Australia's intelligence community needs to know a lot more about the countries in its region.The Age, 21 February 2012, p. 11 

U.S. engagement key to handling Chinese dragon

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that in the context of a rising China, downgrading our ties with the United States is risky.The Australian, 28 February 2012, p. 10 

Opposition to Indonesian executions must be colourblind

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Dave McRae, Research Fellow in the East Asia program at the Lowy Institute, writes that the Australian government must signal its opposition to all executions in Indonesia, even when it is unpopular at home.Sydney Morning Herald, 2 March 2012, p.

Carr to steer new line on China

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that positioning Australia between the United States and China will be Foreign Minister Bob Carr's greatest challenge.The Age, 6 March 2012, p. 13 

Carbon price over $10 makes no sense

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin writes that the Australian government must act to reduce the carbon price or face the economic fallout.Australian Financial Review, 7 March 2012, p. 63

Mitt Romney not-so-Super Tuesday

In this op-ed published on The Drum and The Interpreter, Michael Fullilove argues that the results on Super Tuesday did not bode well for Mitt Romney or the Republican Party.The Drum, The Interpreter, 8 March 2012

Iran: what if nothing happened?

In an op-ed for Ha'aretz Online, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo considers whether the high cost of both a negotiated end to the crisis over Iran's nuclear program and of its alternative, a military confrontation, will leave all sides locked in an uneasy stalemate.Haaretz.com, 17

Wake-up call for a stale relationship

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Fergus Hanson, Director of Polling at the Lowy Institute, writes on findings from the Lowy Institute's 2012 Indonesia Poll, 'Shattering Stereotypes, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy'.The Australian, 20 March 2012, p. 9

Carr chance to rally China interest

From Beijing's viewpoint, the appointment of Foreign Minister Bob Carr signifies the possibility for a fresh start for the present Labor government to strengthen relations with Beijing, writes Linda Jakobson, the East Asia Program Director at the Lowy Institute in an opinion piece for The

Being e-aware is Diplomacy 101

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Fergus Hanson argues that Australia's Foreign Ministry must be dragged into the modern world.The Australian, 28 March 2012, p. 10 

Defensive driving is Smith new mission

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Senior Non-resident Fellow Alan Dupont argues that the Australian Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, must show strategic direction.The Australian, 29 March 2012, p. 8  

The Pacific in the Asian Century

US President Obama told the Australian Parliament in 2011 that the US was turning its attention to the ‘vast potential of the Asia Pacific Region’.  The Pacific Islands region now finds itself in the middle of a re-engaged United States and rising Asia. As it attracts greater

Bipolar policy on Indonesia harms our ties

Policies separately announced by the government and opposition over the past six months toward Indonesia suggest Australia has a form of bipolar disorder, which makes it usually oblivious to its external circumstances and socially passive, but prone to unpredictable mood swings, leading to sudden

Revolution@State: the spread of ediplomacy

This report is the first time the rapidly growing ediplomacy effort at the US State Department has been mapped. It reveals State now employs over 150 full-time ediplomacy personnel working in 25 different nodes at Headquarters. More than 900 people use ediplomacy at US missions abroad. The

What makes us tick?

In this challenging essay, Program Director for Polling Fergus Hanson looks at the quirky history of scientific opinion polling and the role polls play in foreign policy. He suggests two key functions: to subtly serve the stability of the international system and to function as a mirror to our

A key domino? Indonesia death penalty politics

The application of the death penalty by Australia's Southeast Asian neighbours recurrently strains bilateral relations.  Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Dave McRae examines Indonesia's stance on the death penalty and the prospects for abolition in Australia's key regional neighbour. 


In an opinion piece in The South China Morning Post, Linda Jakobson, Program Director East Asia, argues that tensions may have eased across the Taiwan Strait in the first term of the island’s president Ma Ying-jeou, but that doesn’t mean the issues in the way of reunification have been resolved.

2011 end of year message

Dr Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, sent an end of year message to friends and supporters of our work in 2011, and offered some thoughts on what to watch out for in 2012

Blind faith leads to great folly

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that Australia will repeat dangerous mistakes unless it learns to rigorously question its most powerful ally.The Age, 21 December 2011, p. 11

Australia nuclear choices

As the recent debate over uranium exports to India indicates, uranium exports remain a highly contentious domestic and foreign policy issue for Australians. In a recent publication 'Australia’s Uranium Trade: The Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges of a Contentious Export', Lowy

Guns quiet for now but hermit kingdom stirs

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Rory Medcalf, Director of the Lowy Institute's International Security Program, writes that with the death of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il, Asia will be bracing for instability. A key question is whether his successor feels compelled to take assertive action

Obama in Australia: balancing not containment

In this article for the website China-US Focus, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf takes a sceptical look at claims that President Obama’s visit to Australia was part of a strategy to 'contain' China’s rise. Click here to access the full article

PNG should try a national unity government

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Jenny Hayward-Jones, The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program Director at the Lowy Institute, argues that the younger generation is fed up with old-style politics in Port Moresby.Australian Financial Review, 15 December 2011, p. 55

Politics will determine Uruzgan exit strategy

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Military Associate James Brown writes that the timeline for withdrawing Australian troops from Afghanistan is largely out of the Government's hands.Sydney Morning Herald, 13 December 2011, p. 9

NSW and India: People and partnerships

In an address to the Lowy Institute on 9 December 2011, the Premier of New South Wales, Mr Barry O'Farrell, set out his vision for building strong economic and societal links between Australia's largest state and the government, people and business community of a rising India

Iran gets room to manoeuvre in phantom war

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan argues that US pullouts from Iraq and Afghanistan may boost Tehran's influence.The Australian, 8 December 2011, p. 8