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Resources policy leaves nation vulnerable

In an Economic Briefing in the Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that other sectors are paying the price of the mining boom.Australian Financial Review, 31 January 2011, p. 21

Breaking down old barriers

In this op-ed in The Times of India, Program Director Rory Medcalf argues the case for Australia to end its ban on uranium exports to India, in order to fulfil a much-needed strategic partnership between the two Indian Ocean democracies. This is an extended version of a piece that first appeared in

Time to sell uranium to India

Rory Medcalf argues that Australia should lift its ban on uranium sales to India, for the sake of economics, climate change and international fairness.The Age, 21 January 2011, p 15

The Commonwealth in a networked world

On Wednesday 19 January 2011, as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series, The Rt Hon William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, spoke at the Lowy Institute on opportunities for the Commonwealth in a networked world

The digital revolution meets diplomacy

Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson wrote a piece for ISN Insights on the major evolution in the conduct of diplomacy as a result of the digital revolution.ISN Insights, 12 January 2011

A case for a national mission on museums

In an opinion piece in The Hindu, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Vinod Daniel writes that it may be time for a planned five-year approach to renew the thousands of museums across India.The Hindu, 15 January 2011

The quiet achiever: Australia-Japan security relations

In the last decade, Australia has quietly and quickly become a close security partner to Japan, second only to the United States. For Australia, no security relationship outside the foundational alliance with the United States has deepened more in this same period. Despite changes of government and

Superpower China won't settle for second place

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that for the sake of peace in Asia, China must be granted a leadership role, but it must accept that it can't have everything its own way.Australian Financial Review, 10 January 2011, p. 47

Wikileaks: Fruit of an unhealthy tree

In an opinion piece in The Drum on 16 December, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes on the impact of the WikiLeaks imbroglio on the international system.The Drum, 16 December 2010

Rudd sticks to the line on Israeli nuclear checks

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Deputy Director Martine Letts argues that Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is not off-message in his comments on Israel and International Atomic Energy Agency inspections.The Australian, 22 December 2010, p. 10

2010 end of year message

Dr Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, sent an end of year message about the Institute's work in 2010 of interpreting and explaining the forces which shape our world and Australia's role in it

Our post-GFC world economy

In a new Perspectives, Mark Thirlwell, Director of the Lowy Institute's International Economy program, pulls together several speeches he delivered over the course of 2010 to take a look at the state of the world economy, post-GFC

Asian engagement calls for careful policy

In a piece written for the The Australian newspaper, Mark Thirlwell looks at how Australia’s deepening economic integration is creating a series of tests for policymakers ranging from managing the domestic structural changes driven by the resources boom to the challenges posed by the changing

A view from Kandahar

In a new Afghan Voices paper, Zabih Ullah* explores how locals view coalition military operations in Kandahar. The author argues that, from a Kandahari perspective, the coalition’s military operations seem to be failing. While noting that locals do not want coalition forces to leave, the author

Responding to boat arrivals in Australia: time for a reality check

With boat arrivals featuring prominently on the Australian political agenda, 2010-2011 saw a flurry of policy proposals focused on mitigating this trend. This report situates recent developments in Australian asylum policy within an international context and considers the efficacy of restrictive

Launch of 'Courting reform'

On Wednesday 8 December, Cate Sumner and Tim Lindsey launched their new Lowy Institute Paper, 'Courting reform'.Opening remarks on the paper were provided by the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, The Hon. Diana Bryant, and Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, The Hon.

A victory for the culture of paranoia

In an article in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley writes that the leaking of American diplomatic cables will only make governments more secretive.Sydney Morning Herald, 4 December 2010, p. 9

Australia deepening diplomatic deficit

In the November 2010 issue of Government Business Foreign Affairs and Trade magazine, Alex Oliver examines the continuing crisis in Australia’s foreign service. Funding cuts by successive governments have weakened the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the point where even its most basic

The US mid-term elections and the Obama Administration

On Friday 5 November, two leading commentators on US politics and foreign policy, Dr Michael Fullilove and Daniel Flitton, provided some immediate analysis of the mid-term results as part of the Lowy Institute’s ‘Food for Thought’ program in Melbourne

The stakeholder spectrum: China and the United Nations

In recent decades China has become a far more active and effective player in, and contributor to, the United Nations. However, according to Dr Michael Fullilove, the limits of this enhanced engagement are becoming clear. Dr Fullilove emphasises that while the West might advocate that China become a

Ruinous US-China relations the big danger from North Korea

In this opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that the greatest damage from the November 2010 North Korean bombardment could be to US-China relations and thus to peace among the great powers in Asia.The Age, 25 November 2010, p. 21

DFAT the dinosaur needs to find Facebook friends

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson argues e-diplomacy is changing the way foreign ministries conduct their business. It is no longer an optional extra yet DFAT is a long way behind other benchmark foreign ministries.The Australian, 23 November 2010, p

New Caledonia unrealized legacy

In an article in The Diplomat, Chief of Army Visiting Fellow Nicholas Floyd writes that New Caledonia's role in the South Pacific has been largely ignored. But both strategically and economically it could be a key player.The article can be read here.A French version of the paper has also been

Meet the trilemma

Large-scale capital inflows are forcing policymakers in emerging markets to choose between exchange rate appreciation, domestic adjustment, and capital controls. Increasingly, they are choosing the third option

Here we go again?

Although there are good reasons to expect large capital inflows into emerging markets right now, there is still a significant risk that this latest surge will end in tears

Fed QE2 lacks power to break up global ice

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that quantitative easing won't trigger inflation but nor will it do much good.Australian Financial Review, 15 November 2010, p. 23

The 2010 Lowy Lecture: Science and Australia place in the world

On Thursday 18 November, Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive of CSIRO, delivered the 2010 Lowy Lecture on Australia in the World. In her lecture, 'Science and Australia's place in the world', available here, Dr Clark argued that Australia's science and innovation capability are fundamental to our future

Fiji update

On 8 November, the Lowy Institute for International Policy co-hosted the Fiji and Vanuatu Update 2010 with the Crawford School of Economics and Governance, Australian National University. As part of the 2010 Update a distinguished panel was assembled to discuss these very challenges and to discuss

The Great Convergence

The onset of rapid catch-up growth in the developing world is an historic development, with the potential to reshape the world economy in fundamental ways

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