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Libya: the West responsibility to protect

Lowy Institute Non-resident fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan writes in The Drum on the concept of humanitarian intervention in Arab states in the context of the imposition of the no-fly zone over Libya.The Drum, 4 April 2011

The new public diplomacy

Almost overnight, the world has become wired. A huge proportion of the globe’s population now have access to a mobile phone and a rapidly increasing proportion of them are smart phones. As the Arab Spring demonstrated, this makes for rapid and unpredictable change. For public diplomacy

Harnessing the power of social media in international relations

Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson writes for ISN Insights that Twitter may be just another way of sharing inane chatter, but if you have written the service off, think again. Social media has emerged as a powerful new tool in international relations, and it deserves closer attention.ISN

Noise results from five carbon tax positions

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville restates some simple basics of the carbon debate as a reminder of the implications of the various positions taken on the subject.Australian Financial Review, 28 March 2011, p. 23

SEA-blindness: why Southeast Asia matters

On 9 March 2011, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley gave a speech at the East-West Center in Washington DC on the geostrategic importance of Southeast Asia, or the 'Indo-Pacific Peninsula'.The speech, 'SEA-blindness: why Southeast Asia matters', can be read here

Distinguished Speaker Series - Peter Horrocks presentation

What is the BBC’s global role in this fast-changing world? The information revolution and the ease of global interconnectedness are transforming the nature of international broadcasting. These changes, including the rise in new international broadcasters, have rapidly transformed the way in which

Rudd takes his eye off Pacific Islands

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Program Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia program, writes that neighbourhood links with Pacific Island governments must be maintained.The Australian, 22 March 2011, p. 8

No-fly zone must have an objective

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Ashley Townshend, Program Associate for International Security, argues that without a clear rationale, intervention in Libya risks repeating past mistakes.The Australian, 19 March 2011, p. 20

China Changing Lecture 2011- Professor Wang Gungwu presentation

On the evening of 17 March, the Lowy Institute was very pleased to host a lecture by Professor Wang Gungwu entitled 'US and China: Respect and Equality'. The evolving US-China relationship is now the single most important and complicated major power relationship globally and one of immense

Gillard has to pull the pin on Afghanistan, now

In this opinion piece in The Canberra Times, Raoul Heinrichs argues that, with Australia's alliance objectives achieved, with no hope of broader success and with other countries looking for a face-saving way out, it's time for Julia Gillard to begin negotiating the withdrawal of Australian forces

Leading in the Indian Ocean

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer and Thomas Mahnken argue that Australia and the U.S. need to organise allies to maintain freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean as regional rivalries heat up.The op-ed is available here.Wall Street

China rise must change Gillard script

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that the Prime Minister has a rare opportunity to influence US strategic thinking.Australian Financial Review, 7 March 2011, p. 55

PM faces challenge of deeper alliance

In this op-ed in The Australian, senior Lowy Institute strategic analysts Rory Medcalf and Andrew Shearer argue for an enhanced Australia-US alliance to meet the challenges of the new age of the Indo-Pacific. They note that Julia Gillard’s March 2011 visit to the United States offers an

Mining windfalls belong in a wealth fund

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that the mining tax should be revised to provide for a sovereign wealth fund.Australian Financial Review, 4 March 2011, p. 63

We need to broadcast to the world, not whisper

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Alex Oliver argues that recent cuts to the BBC World Service and Voice of America indicate that the West is in danger of losing its voice to the world if damaging cuts to international broadcasting and public diplomacy

IMF diagnosis simple; prescription, less so

In an Econonic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville examines how the International Monetary Fund could get better at predicting crises.Australian Financial Review, 28 February 2011, p. 23

Sectarianism the subtext in Bahrain protests

In an opinion piece in the ABC's The Drum, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Rodger Shanahan writes that the protests in Bahrain are qualitatively different from those elsewhere in the region.The Drum, 21 February 2011

Relying on a great power for defence is foolhardy

In this op-ed, Research Associate Raoul Heinrichs argues that the fall of Singapore in February 1942 should have served as a valuable lesson for Australia in the dangers of outsourcing its defence to another country. However, the extraordinary nature of Australia's deliverance by the United States

Secrecy and stratagem: understanding Chinese strategic culture

To cope with a rising China, other powers will need a close understanding of Chinese strategic culture. This paper seeks to identify the enduring features of Chinese strategic culture, assess their role in Chinese policy and consider their implications for the future posture and responses of the

Confidence in our navy is sinking without trace

Lowy Institute Military Associate James Brown writes in an article for The Drum on the crisis in the Australian Navy. He argues that the Defence Department and Minister have not been frank and transparent in announcing the problems in the Navy’s amphibious fleet and that public trust in the

Q & A with Michael Fullilove

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, was interviewed by Benedict Coleridge in the Australian Institute of International Affairs' Quarterly Access journal on the role of international affairs and policy in Australia's national life.Quarterly Access Vol 3 (1), Summer 2011, pp. 11-12

The Defence debate down under, in context

In this piece for the CSIS Asia policy blog Cogitasia, the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that a new independent report calling for Australian strategic clout against China needs to be seen in context, and not as a representation of official Australian

A world divided

The February 2011 issue of Superfunds magazine includes a short essay by Mark Thirlwell on the state of the global economy. The article is available here

Public lecture - Mr Pierre Krähenbühl

On 8 February, Mr Pierre Krähenbühl, Director of Operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross (the ICRC) addressed the Lowy Institute on the subject of how recent trends in integrated missions, the militarisation of aid and increasingly complex coordination challenges are impacting

In remembrance of India’s nuclear and strategic guru

In this obituary essay in Foreign Policy magazine, Lowy Institute International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf pays tribute to K Subrahmanyam, independent India’s leading strategic thinker, who passed away on 2 February 2011. Subrahmanyam strongly influenced India’s decision both to

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: 2011 The year ahead - Lowy Institute presentations

On 2 February, the second half of the Wednesday Lunch series was launched with a discussion by three Lowy Institute scholars, Rory Medcalf, Annmaree O'Keeffe and Sam Roggeveen, on how Australia should be preparing for some of the big global and regional policy challenges in the second decade of the

Washington must deal with Arab reality

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, writes that if the Mubarak regime falls in Egypt, the US would do well to embrace change, rather than resist it.Australian Financial Review, 1 February 2011, p. 55