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Publications

The Obama Doctrine

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that the U.S. plan to take on China recalls Harry Truman's containment of the Soviet Union.Wall Street Journal, 25 November 2011

On the cusp of an Indian summer

In this opinion piece in the Indian Express newspaper, published on the eve of the Australian Labor Party’s historic policy change allowing safeguarded uranium exports to India, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf examines what an obstacle this issue had become to a trust-based Australia-India

Euro warning to carbon markets

In an article in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin writes on the similarities between Australia's carbon pricing model and the common currency arrangement in Europe.Australian Financial Review, Review, 2 December 2011, pp. 1,9

Uranium sales to India would spread trust, not nuclear arms

In this opinion piece in The Age newspaper, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf addresses the common non-proliferation criticisms of possible Australian uranium sales to India. He writes that, on balance, a policy change at the December 2011 Australian Labor Party conference would build a new

A nuclear weapon-free world? Prospects for Obama nuclear agenda

In this lecture under the Lowy Institute's Canberra Food for Thought series, leading nuclear expert Professor Scott Sagan of Stanford University weighs up the achievements and the challenges ahead for the Obama nuclear agenda. This event, moderated by the Lowy Institute's Rory Medcalf, was supported

Reluctant realists

In a post on Cogitasia, a leading blog hosted by the US think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr Malcolm Cook (Dean of International Studies at Flinders University) and the Institute’s Director of Studies Andrew Shearer highlight how and why the progressive Asia policy

Egypt’s military to outlast transition

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, writes that both the protesters and the generals in Egypt seem to have lost sight of some hard realities.The Australian, 25 November 2011, p. 10

After Fukushima: Nuclear power without proliferation?

There were high expectations for the growth of nuclear power in the years leading up to the Fukushima nuclear accident on 11 March 2011, as concerns about energy security and climate change prompted governments to reconsider their energy options. But the expansion of nuclear power has posed serious

Two Afghan views of Australia from Uruzgan

The latest paper in the Lowy Institute’s Afghan Voices series provides two very different perspectives on Australia’s military and development efforts in Uruzgan. The first comes in the form of excerpts from an uncompleted draft on the subject by Omaid Khpalwak, an Afghan journalist tragically

Central banks - saving the system comes first

In an Economic Briefing column in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes on how recent financial choas has revived old roles.Australilan Financial Review, 21 November 2011, p. 23

Buildup Down Under

In this article for Foreign Policy.com, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf outlines the Asia-Pacific strategic vision behind Obama’s historic 2011 speech in Canberra – but also suggests that more could have been done to prepare most Australians for such a declaration.The article can

Pacific president leaves a mark Down Under

In an influential Asian newspaper, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer and distinguished American naval scholar Toshi Yoshihara comment on the implications for Japan of this week’s historic announcement of an expanded US military presence in Australia. Asahi Shimbun, 17 November

A cold and clever U.S. base move

In an article for The Diplomat, Raoul Heinrichs, Editor of the Lowy Institute's Strategic Snapshots series, evaluates the practical and symbolic strategic logic of the decision to enhance US-Australia defence cooperation in Australia's North West.The Diplomat, 17 November 2011

Renewing an alliance

On the day of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Darwin, Australia in November 2011, Andrew Shearer writes in the Wall Street Journal about the Obama/Gillard announcement of plans to base US marines in Darwin, and examines the controversy surrounding this significant expansion of America’s

Martine Letts interview

In this interview for Brazil Talk, Deputy Director Martine Letts talks about her experience in Latin American affairs, Australia’s evolving engagement with Brazil and the Lowy Institute’s challenges to broaden its support as Australia’s pre-eminent international policy think tank. Brazil Talk

Asia rise, the West fall?

The 2011 Lowy Lecture was delivered by Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, who visited Australia as a guest of the Institute. In his lecture, 'Asia's Rise, the West's Fall?' delivered on 17 November, Barber examined the implications of Asia's rise for the world and offered some

Lowy Lecture Series - John W. McArthur presentation

The global context for foreign aid is changing rapidly as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approach their deadline for cutting extreme poverty by half by 2015. The traditional donor club of OECD countries is handing much of the development leadership role to emerging powers such as Brazil,

Our chance to align with the US pivot point

In this opinion piece in The Australian, the Lowy Institute's Rory Medcalf argues that Australia has an opportunity to work closely with the United States as it makes a three-fold strategic pivot: from the Middle East to Asia, from an Asia-Pacific to an Indo-Pacific concept, and towards more

On the 11th, remember the living

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Military Associate James Brown argues that it's time we started caring more about soldiers who are alive, than those long dead.Sydney Morning Herald, 11 November 2011, p. 13.Also published in The Age, 11 November 2011, as The Diggers

The diplomatic tweet

In his latest column in the journal American Review, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf argues that diplomats, spies, journalists and analysts who shun social media are at risk of becoming the blacksmiths of the information age: quaint, heavy-handed and unviable. His column can be accessed here

China and India: Beyond competitive coexistence

Rory Medcalf, the Director of the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program, recently gave public lectures in Washington DC and in Melbourne on China-India relations and the risks of strategic competition between Asia’s rising giants. His Washington talk, at the Carnegie Endowment for

AIIA President’s Forum: Australia and India in 2020

At the 2011 President’s Forum of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf spoke of the promise and prospects for Australia-India relations for the next generation. A video of his presentation can be accessed here

Language barrier we don't want to breach

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Andrew Carr, Deputy Editor of the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, www.lowyinterpreter.org, writes that Australians continue to baulk at learning Asian languages.The Australian, 9 November 2011, p. 29

Minding our languages

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that young Australians in their thousands should be sent to Asia to learn the languages.The Age, 8 November 2011, p. 13

From WikiLeaks to News of the World: dangers ahead

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, has published an opinion piece on similarities between the operations of WikiLeaks and News of the World in Aspenia Online. The piece is available at:http://www.aspeninstitute.it/aspenia-online/article/wikileaks-news-world-dangers-aheadAspenia

On hobby-horses to corral productivity

In an Economic Briefing column in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that appropriately measuring output is complicated.Australian Financial Review, 24 October 2011, p. 23

Climate change: the two who matter the most

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that with action on climate change, Australia is more likely to make a difference by being a broker, not a leader.The Age, 11 October 2011, p. 13

Subprime nation? America economic policy challenges

The August 2011 sovereign downgrade of the United States by Standard & Poor’s was seen by many international observers as a symbol of a US economy in relative decline. In a new Lowy Institute Perspectives, based on a speech he delivered last month to the National Security College at the

Lowy Lecture Series - Josh Frydenberg presentation

Indonesia's strong economic growth and emerging leadership in the region are creating new opportunities for Australia to deepen its political, economic and strategic ties with our close and important neighbour. With an economy expected to double in size over the next fifteen years, Indonesia is now

Inaugural India-China Workshop

On 17 and 18 October 2011, the Lowy Institute hosted the inaugural India-China Workshop, an informal dialogue bringing together Australian, Indian, Chinese and Singaporean experts. At the public concluding event, a new Lowy Institute Analysis, 'The Dangers of Denial', on the nuclear dimension of

The dangers of denial: nuclear weapons in China-India relations

Is a dangerous nuclear competition emerging between the two most populous nations? In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Fiona Cunningham and Rory Medcalf warn of nuclear dangers as China and India rise. The authors call for a strategic stability dialogue embedded in mutual respect, to ensure possible

The Pacific President comes to Australia

The White House announced that US President Barack Obama will visit Australia in mid November to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Australia-US alliance. At the Food for Thought event in Melbourne on 6 October 2011, the Lowy Institute hosted a panel discussion with Daniel Flitton, Andrew

A tax to suit the times

Stephen Grenville describes the possible benefits of introducing a Tobin tax - a small tax on financial transactions - in slowing excessive international capital flows, and its place in addressing the eurozone crisis

Canberra head in the sand over how Fijians feel

Jenny Hayward-Jones writes in The Australian Magazine about the Lowy Institute's poll of the Fijian people on their opinions of the Bainimarama regime. Hayward-Jones argues that the results of the poll, which found that 66 per cent of Fijians thought that Bainimarama was doing a good job, are valid

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