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Publications

QE2 to end with a yawn, they hope

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that quantitative easing has been a success.Australian Financial Review, 30 May 2011, p. 23

Europe raising false membership hopes

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Bronwyn Lo, an intern at the Lowy Institute, addresses the European Union's angle in the apprehension of alleged Serbian war criminial Ratko Mladic.The Australian, 31 May 2011, p. 8

Dangerous luxuries

The ANZUS alliance is emerging as an important alliance for stability in the Asia-Pacific region but the US must understand the implications Australian defence planning will have on the future alliance. In this Lowy Institute Analysis, US Army Colonel John Angevine writes that Australia’s current

Carbon moral authority lost

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin argues that the real debate on climate change is at the global level.Australian Financial Review, 28 May 2011, p. 61

A frequent flyer foreign minister? Thank heavens

In an opinion piece in The Drum, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that critics of the foreign minister's visiting foreign countries ought to think big.This article was also published in The Interpreter.The Drum, 25 May 2011

Few reasons to fear China 'pearls'

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Research Associate Ashley Townshend writes that Beijing's strategic designs in the Indian Ocean are exaggerated.The Australian, 27 May 2011, p. 9

Making a whale out of a guppy

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Malcolm Cook and Fergus Hanson argue that Australia's pursuit of Japan over whaling may do more harm than good.Australian Financial Review, 23 May 2011, p. 55

Diplomacy, transparency and public opinion

In this article in leading Spanish-language international affairs journal Politica Exterior, Lowy Institute program director Rory Medcalf examines the consequences of the publication of thousands of classified diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks.The original article in Spanish can be accessed at: http://

Weathering change

Can extended nuclear deterrence (END) continue to support international stability and non-proliferation? Should it and can it adapt to a 21st century strategic environment involving new threats, shifting power balances and fresh moves towards disarmament? In Weathering Change, global experts and

Aid sector all go but no direction

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Annmaree O'Keeffe takes a critical look at the winners and losers in last week’s increased foreign aid budget. While supporting the government’s commitment to increase the aid budget, she asks where is the strategy to guide

How China views the world

How do China's leaders and political elites view the world? What kind of an international role would they like China to assume? At our Food for Thought on Friday 29 April, the new Director of the Lowy Institute's East Asia Program, Linda Jakobson, discussed these issues

Global fiscal consolidation

One important outcome of the Great Recession has been the rapid accumulation of government debt in many of the world’s developed economies. This growing debt burden represents a potential threat to economic stability, and as a result, the focus of fiscal policy is now shifting from stimulus to

Food for Thought Series: Courting reform: Indonesia Islamic courts

On 30 March, in the first of the Lowy Institute’s Food for Thought lectures for this year, Cate Sumner and Tim Lindsey discussed how the Indonesian Islamic courts have embraced reform within a judicial system notorious for corruption and incompetence, taking the lead in efforts to deliver

'There Goes the Neighbourhood', by Dr Michael Wesley

Winner of the John Button 2011 Prize for Best Writing in Public Policy, the book proposes that Asia is changing more rapidly than we realise. The near-simultaneous development of its two billion-plus person societies, and the reaction of other countries to this, is unleashing new patterns of

Irresistible rise of the Indo-Pacific

In an article in The Australian's Australian Literary Review, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley writes on how the growth of China and India makes engagement with Asia our No. 1 diplomatic priority.Australian Literary Review, 4 May 2011, pp. 6-7

West must rethink way it deals with Islamabad

In this op-ed in The Australian, the director of the Lowy Institute’s international security program, Rory Medcalf, argues that the discovery and death of Bin Laden on the doorstep on Pakistan’s military academy raises fundamental questions about Islamabad as an ally against terrorism. It is

When the flag follows trade

In this opinion piece from The Times of India, Indian columnist Ashok Malik and Lowy Institute program director Rory Medcalf argue that the Indian Government needs to coordinate its diplomacy with the expansion of its business interests around the globe. A key step will be to merge the external

Separation part of the fix for troubled banks

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that taxpayers should not have to rescue bank operations that have little social value.Australian Financial Review, 2 May 2011, p. 23

India’s new world: civil society in the making of foreign policy

Ashok Malik and Rory Medcalf argue that Indian foreign policy is being shaped increasingly by three dynamic aspects of civil society: business, the Indian diaspora and the aggressive Indian news media. Indian diplomacy needs to adapt to these new realities. And foreign nations need to understand

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Rory Medcalf presentation

In recent years, the idea of a looming struggle between China and India has seized the imaginations of prominent strategists and journalists. Here are two rising Asian great powers with rapid economic growth, expanding global interests and modernising militaries

Educating for the Asian Century

Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Wesley delivered a speech entitled 'Educating for the Asian Century' on 6th April 2011 at the Educating for Asia Summit in Wellington, New Zealand.The speech can be read here

The meaning of China

Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Wesley delivered a speech entitled 'The Meaning of China' at the New Zealand Principals Forum in Wellington, New Zealand, on 8th April 2011.The speech is available for download here

Gillard channels her inner Howard

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Director of Studies Andrew Shearer writes that Prime Minister Julia Gillard should count her northeast Asia tour a modest success: there were no big breakthroughs but neither were there significant stumbles.The Australian, 28 April 2011, p. 12

The spectre of Malthus

After enjoying more than two decades of falling prices, the world’s economy is now having to navigate a period of more expensive food

China chary, Gillard on guard ahead of talks with Hu and Wen

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Linda Jakobson, Program Director East Asia, writes that Prime Minister Julia Gillard has received plenty of advice from different sectors of Australian society regarding what she should discuss with China's leaders during her visit to Beijing. The Australian,

The view north from Down Under

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer writes that Prime Minister Gillard's Northeast Asia tour is also an opportunity to consider what Australia and other countries in the region should not do.Wall Street Journal Asia, 25 April 2011, p

Gillard diplomatic skills tested during north Asia visit

In this opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, the director of the Lowy Institute’s international security program, Rory Medcalf, analyses the diplomatic minefields that Prime Minister Julia Gillard will need to navigate on her visit to Japan, South Korea and China. Sydney Morning Herald, 23

Is it time to talk to the Taliban?

Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, answers the question 'Is it time to talk to the Taliban?' in The Sydney Morning Herald's Question Time column on 16 April 2011.Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April 2011, p. 13

US guarantees placed them in this predicament

In this opinion piece for the Canberra Times, Raoul Heinrichs, Editor of the Lowy Institute's Strategic Snapshot series, argues that US primacy, an order built on the preponderant power of the US and designed to entrench US dominance, has instead facilitated the rise of a powerful and dissatisfied

Gravity revenge

The Great Convergence has helped bring the Age of Weightlessness to an end and placed resources back at the centre of economic debate

Behind China secret aid program, debt looms

Fergus Hanson and Mary Fifita write in The Drum on the debt aspect of China's aid program in the Pacific region. They are the authors of a new Lowy Institute Policy Brief, 'China in the Pacific: the new banker in town'. The Drum, 6 April 2011

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