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Evolution of the Indonesian party system

The most significant and positive change in Southeast Asia in the last decade has been the democratisation of Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country.  Thirteen days ago, Indonesia held

The US presidential election

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 16 April,  Dr Michael Fullilove read the tea leaves of the contest for the US presidency and discussed the implications for Australia.

The global war on drugs

When Nixon launched the War on Drugs in 1971, it was intended primarily as a political strategy rather than as a public policy.

2009 in review

On 2 December, Deputy Director Martine Letts and members of our Lowy Institute research team wound up this year’s Wednesday Lunch at Lowy Club series with a review of 2009, and what it means for Au

The future of Iraq

On 13 March 2009, as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, the Lowy Institute was pleased to host His Excellency Nuri al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq.

Innocent Abroad

On 27 May, the Lowy Institute was pleased to host, as part of its Wednesday Lowy Lunch series, Martin Indyk, who spoke on his new book 'Innocent Abroad: an Intimate Account of American Peace Diplom

When boring became sexy

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 4 November, the Honourable Kevin Lynch, the former Clerk of the Privy Council, Canada, addressed the significant role that public policy plays in responding to the

Comprehending Copenhagen

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 25 November a new Lowy Institute Analysis, 'Comprehending Copenhagen: A Guide to the International Climate Change Negotiations', by Dr Greg Picker and Fergus Green

The year ahead for the Asia Pacific 2009

On 4 February, at the first lunch for 2009 in our Wednesday Lunch at Lowy series, three Lowy Institute scholars, Dr Malcolm Cook, Jenny Hayward-Jones and Rory Medcalf, discussed prospects for the A

Dealing with Russia after Georgia

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 10 September, two prominent Australian Russia scholars, Professor Graeme Gill from Sydney University and Dr Robert Horvath from La Trobe University, examined the p

Mugabe falling

At the Wednesday Lowy Lunch on 28 February, Dr Geoffrey Hawker discussed the growing social and economic crisis in Zimbabwe.  As hyper-inflation continues and Mugabe's regime intensifies its repres

Four crises in the Middle East

On 20 September at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Professor Anthony Cordesman spoke on the topic of "Four crises in the Middle East". Professor Cordesman holds the Arleigh A.

China Hottest Export

On 23 October at a special Monday edition of Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Victor Mallet, Asia Editor for The Financial Times, spoke on the topic of 'China's hottest export: environmental destruction'.

What going on in Latin America

On 6 September 2006 at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Jose Blanco and Roger Frankel asked whether Latin America's move to the left, its resurgent populism, links with the Middle East and rapidly grow

Human rights: a moral compass

The Lowy Institute was pleased to host, as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, who in his presentation, 'Human rights: a moral compass',

Bligh Street to Baghdad

On 2 July 2008 at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Lieutenant Colonel Mark O’Neill offered a contemporary personal perspective on the experience of moving from theoretical considerations of counterinsu

The challenges of nation-buildling

On 18 June 2008 at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Atul Khare, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Timor-Leste discussed the challenges of nation-building in the post

Reforming the UN

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 8 August, Jim Ingram, head of the World Food Programme for ten years, argued in a presentation entitled 'Reforming the UN: an iconoclastic view from the inside' th

China perverse rising superpower

Westerners have presumed that China's rise will take a familiar trajectory incorporating first economic, then political and social development in a broadly liberal democratic, market-driven directi

Global regulation and the digital economy

On 2 April at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Jeffrey Eisenach, a leading regulatory economist and a global expert on content filtering technology, discussed the prospects for global regulation of

International law after Guantanamo Bay

In the wake of the Iraq war, both US Presidential candidates have said they will close Guantanamo Bay and take a different view from the current Administration on water boarding.

Zealous democrats

At this week's Wednesday Lunch, the Lowy Institute for International Policy launched 'Zealous democrats: Islamism and democracy in Egypt, Indonesia and Turkey'.  The authors of this new Lowy Instit

A China US nuclear arms race

On 23 May at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Visiting Fellow Hugh White spoke on the topic 'A nuclear arms race between China and the United States: what Australia can do to stop it'.

Chinas strategic culture

China’s rise is transforming the Asia-Pacific strategic landscape, and understanding how 'China' thinks preoccupies governments across the region.

Transition vs exit

As a part of its Lowy Lecture Series on 18 April 2012, the Lowy Institute was pleased to host His Excellency Nasir A. Andisha, Afghanistan's Ambassador to Australia.

Preparing for the second nuclear age

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 30 September, Deputy Director Martine Letts explored prospects for partnership between government and industry on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and ho

Dealing with war crimes

On 20 May 2009 at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Florian Westphal, the head of media at the International Committee of the Red Cross, in a presentation entitled 'Dealing with war crimes: what role fo

The role of think tanks in Australia

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 28 May, to mark the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Lowy Institute, Executive Director Allan Gyngell discussed the role of think tanks in shaping Australi

The global cimate challenge

On 29 August at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, the Hon. Greg Hunt, MP, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Minister, talked about the global climate challenge.

Australias UN Security Council bid

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 23 September Dr Michael Fullilove launched his new paper making the case for Australia’s UN Security Council bid.

The end of the free market?

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 29 October, Mark Thirlwell, Director of the Institute's International Economy program, looked at the resumed battle for the Commanding Heights of the world economy

The options for Iraq

On 5 November, as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, the Lowy Institute for International Policy was proud to host Mr Ali Allawi, a former minister in interim and transitional Iraqi administ

Iran goes to the polls

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 3 June 2009, Anthony Bubalo, Director of the West Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, previewed Iran's presidential election on 12 June.

Terrorism in Southeast Asia

At the Wednesday Lowy Lunch on 16 September, Australia’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, William Paterson PSM, provided an overview of the terrorist threat in Southeast Asia against the backgroun

Modern war criminals in Australia

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 11 February 2009, Fergus Hanson examined the Australian government’s current 'no policy' approach to the probability that suspected war criminals are living in Aus

Into Africa

On 13 August at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, the authors of a new Lowy Institute Paper on the importance to Australia of the resources boom in Sub-Saharan Africa, Roger Donnelly and Benjamin Ford,

Lessons from NZ

Alan Mitchell reports on the state of the New Zealand economy, and quotes the presentation to the Lowy Institute by Dr David Skilling of the New Zealand Institute.

The dragon in the Pacific

On 11 June at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Fergus Hanson launched his Policy Brief, 'The Dragon in the Pacific: More Opportunity than Threat' which takes a fresh look at China’s aid activities acro

Mending Defences Broken Backbone

As part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, the Lowy Institute for International Policy was pleased to host an address by Mr Nick Warner, Secretary of Defence.

Despots masquerading as democrats

As part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, the Lowy Institute for International Policy was pleased to host an address by Mr Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.

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