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Canada and Australia

The Honourable Gordon J. O’Connor, PC, MP, Canada's Minister of National Defence, spoke at the Lowy Institute on 8 September as part of the Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series.

Future Challenges in Foreign Policy

The Lowy Institute was pleased to present a lecture by the Federal Labor Leader, Kevin Rudd MP, on Thursday 5 July 2007, as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series.

Why Denmark?

Professor Hans-Henrik Holm addressed the Thursday Lunch at Lowy on the topic of the Danish cartoon media controversy, which occurred when the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons of t

National security fundamentals

The Lowy Institute was pleased to host the second ‘headland’ speech by the Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, Leader of the Opposition, on Friday 23 April.

China and the financial crisis

One if the biggest questions facing Asia, and Australia, is how is the global financial crisis affecting China and will the Chinese government's policy responses be effective.

The Mekong: river under threat

The Mekong River basins are one of the most important and dynamic areas in the world for the battle between economic development’s demands for energy and environmental and social sustainability.

Australia resources in the world

The 2009 Lowy Lecture on Australia in the World was delivered on 18 November by Mr Marius Kloppers, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of BHP Billiton Ltd.


Liberalism and Australian foreign policy

On the occasion of the publication of his political memoirs, the Lowy Institute was pleased to welcome former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser for a conversation on Australian foreign policy.

India security challenges

In the 2009 Australia-India Strategic Lecture, delivered at the Lowy Institute on 11 May, Ambassador Chinmaya Gharekhan examined India’s dangerous neighbourhood, and in particular the deep security

Bridge for peace

On Wednesday 22 August at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Amos Brandeis, an Ambassador for the International River Foundation, spoke about the links between the environment and conflict.  Tim Flannery

Good manners and global politics

On 26 September at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Lucinda Holdforth, a former Australian diplomat and foreign policy adviser and the author of the recently published 'Why manners matter: the case for

Despots, democrats and discontents

The Lowy Institute, in cooperation with the Sydney Democracy Forum, explored the state of West Asian democracy in a panel discussion held on Tuesday 2 October, 2007 at the Institute.

Football Diplomacy

On 16 August at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Mr Les Murray from the SBS network discussed the broader social and cultural elements of the World Cup, and how our recent success has helped change per

Whit Mason presentation

On 19 July at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Whit Mason discussed how Australia can apply the lessons of the international community's experience in Kosovo to state-building in its own immediate regi

Building bridges through music

On Monday 17 May at the Lowy Institute, an audience heard five important voices in Australian cultural life examine the role of music in promoting understanding between nations and communities.

Islam in Thai society

On 8 November at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Professor Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Professor of Politics at Thammasat University in Thailand, and a member of the National Reconciliation Commission establ

The Paramount Power

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 17 May 2006, the Institute launched the new Lowy Institute Paper, The Paramount Power: China and the Countries of Southeast Asia, by Dr Milton Osborne. 

The Papua Problem

On 19 April at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Rodd McGibbon explained the background to the current difficult bilateral tensions between Australia and Indonesia over Papua.<br><br>Dr R

Welcome to 2010

At at reception at the Westin Hotel on Thursday 28 January 2010, Dr Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, spoke of what we should expect in the decade ahead.


2007 Australia-India Strategic Lecture

Professor Raja Mohan, Strategic Affairs Editor of the Indian Express, and one of India's most influential commentators on India's foreign and strategic policy, delivered the inaugural Australia-Ind

APEC objectives

In a speech to the Lowy Institute on 27 August, the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon.

Towards the London Summit

On 5 March 2009, the Lowy Institute hosted a roundtable discussion in the run-up to the G-20 meeting of world leaders to be held in London on 2 April this year.

National Defence Global Corporation

On 29 August at the Lowy Institute, Thales Chairman and CEO, Denis Ranque, in his only public speech while visiting Australia, discussed the implications for national sovereignty arising from the p

Fiji and Vanuatu 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.

The 2010 Lowy Institute Poll

The 2010 Lowy Institute Poll, 'Australia and the world: public opinion and foreign policy', was launched on 31 May by Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley, followed by an interactive di

Australia small wars

This week’s regular Lowy Lunch, which took place on Tuesday 24 April, was presented by Lieutenant Colonel Mark O'Neill, the Army Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Pol

Economic prospects in Asia Pacific

On 13 September as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series, Mr Haruhiko Kuroda, the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson of the ADB's Board of Directors, presented a l

America position in Asia

On 29 May, in a lecture in our Distinguished Speaker Series, Dr Michael Green from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington discussed America's position in Asia and the chal

2007 Lowy Lecture

The third Lowy Lecture on 'Australia in the World' was given in Sydney on 19 November by Lord May of Oxford.

Planning Australia future in Asia

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 28 November, Professor Michael Wesley, in a presentation entitled 'Planning Australia's future in Asia', examined the major challenges and great opportunities that

America future in Asia

On 23 April at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, James A.

Korea and Taiwan

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 13th February, Dr Malcolm Cook discussed the results of recent elections in South Korea and Taiwan.

China goes global

On 18 October at a special Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, three Lowy Institute scholars spoke on the rise of China.

Pitfalls of Papua

On 11 October 2006 at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, the Institute launched a Lowy Institute Paper entitled Pitfalls of Papua: Understanding the Conflict and its Place in Australia-Indonesia Relation

Indonesia political reconstruction

At the Wednesday Lunch on 12 September, Dr Douglas Ramage led the discussion on the progress of Indonesia's political reforms triggered by the collapse of Suharto’s New Order.

Indonesia: punching below its weight?

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 1 August Dr Peter McCawley led the discussion on why Indonesia has largely fallen off the international radar screen in recent years.

Peasant land disputes

On 6 February at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, John Garnaut, the Beijing-based Asia Economics Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, discussed how the question of how to

Stemming the 'evil flowers'

In Afghanistan, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are now the number one killer of coalition forces, and the 2009 campaigning season is seeing a record number of IED attacks.

2010 The year ahead

On 3 February, at the first Wednesday Lunch at Lowy for 2010, three Lowy Institute scholars discussed where the world and our region are headed after a tumultuous year in 2009.

Can nuclear competition be avoided?

At Lunch at Lowy on 16 February an exceptional panel of visiting international experts and policy practitioners from India, Pakistan, China and the USA discussed the risks of nucl