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Commentary

Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

America China dilemma

In an opinion piece for the Straits Times, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White analyses whether or not America's policy towards China is one of containment

The Pacific digital future

Danielle Cave, Research Associate in The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program, writes in the PNG Post Courier about her research findings published in a recent Lowy Institute Analysis, Digital islands: How the Pacific's ICT revolution is transforming the region

New leaders unlikely to be bold reformers

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Linda Jakobson, Program Director East Asia, writes that those who want to see China's leaders initiate bold reforms will probably be disappointed in the 'old' and 'conservative' Politburo Standing Committee

Blocking flow to Asia bread basket

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Dr Milton Osborne writes that the construction of a dam on the Mekong River such as the one at Xayaburi in Laos could be disastrous

Weasel words on defence

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Military Fellow James Brown writes that a frank conversation about Australia's defence capabilities and strategic policy should be had at this week's AUSMIN talks in Perth

Stealth in Beijing

In an opinion in the Indian Express on China's military modernisation, Sam Roggeveen, Editor of  the Lowy Institute's weblog The Interpreter, writes that analyses of aircraft carriers and jet fighter designs such as China's newest stealth fighter aircraft give us hints of China

US must stay engaged in Asia

In an invited opinion piece in The Straits Times, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes on the power relationship between China and the United States in Asia's strategic future

Recognising the Asian Century at last

In a piece for ON LINE Opinion, Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, writes that Australia will harm its credibility in Asia if it allows the ambitious new Asian Century White Paper to be a substitute for policy action

Australia Pollyanna Asia Policy

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Linda Jakobson, Program Director East Asia, writes that the Asia White Paper's underlying assumption is that the region will be devoid of major upheaval. 

Bold on vision, short on funding

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, writes that, for all its wise ideas, detailed data and positive intent, the Australian government's Asia White Paper has obvious weaknesses

Why Australia Security Council bid was a mistake

Research Associate Danielle Cave wrote a piece for Inside Story on how Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs, starved of funds, has spread itself too thinly since the launch of Australia's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council

The Australia India story continues

Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, has published an opinion piece in the Urdu-language newspaper The Daily Milpa, New Delhi, on the significance of the visit to India by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

The complex legacy of Norodom Sihanouk

Milton Osborne, a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, and the author of four books on the history and politics of Cambodia, including Sihanouk: Prince of Light, Prince of Darkness (1994) has published a detailed obituary of Norodom Sihanouk in The Phnom Penh Post

The era of the Indo-Pacific

In an opinion piece in The Indian Express, Rory Medcalf, convenor of the Australia-India Roundtable and Program Director International Security, writes that the Indian and Australian prime ministers can take satisfaction from the reinvention of the bilateral relationship

A new maturity in Australia-India ties

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security and Convenor of the Australia-India Roundtable, writes that Prime Minister Julia Gillard's visit to India heralds a fresh level of trust

Double threat to democracy

Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Dave McRae, in an article for the Review section of The Australian Financial Review, argues that in light of the significant efforts Indonesia has made to reduce the threat of terrorism, the time is overdue for the government to bring another form of extremism

Where the eagle lands is neither here nor there

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove writes that despite the foreign-policy differences between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, the outcome of the US election will not threaten the Australia-Unites States alliance

The United Nations and the future of global governance

Dr Michael Fullilove was one of four experts who recently contributed their thoughts about the role of the United Nations and the future of global governance to a Council on Foreign Relations expert roundup. This roundup is a feature of the Council of Councils initiative, gathering

The Arab Spring needs statesmen

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan writes that there is an opportunity for nascent Arab democracies' leaders to exhibit some real leadership

These anti-Japan protests are different

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Linda Jakobson, Program Director East Asia, compares the recent anti-Japanese protests to similar anti-Japanese sentiment which swept across China seven years ago. This time around, the consequences could be much more serious

Seizing our chance at the big G20 dance

Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, and Mark Thirlwell, interim Director of the Institute's new G20 Studies Centre, write for the Business Spectator on the importance of Australia's membership of the G20

Integrating with India

When we published India: the next economic giant, we predicted that India would become an increasingly important economic partner for Australia. So far, our forecast is mostly on track

With friends in high places

Australia is a wealthy nation with a small population occupying a large continent located a great distance from our historical sources of security and prosperity. As a result, the single foreign policy theme which has united our otherwise diverse postwar prime ministers has been the desire to join (

Giant tweets

In his latest column in the American Review, the Lowy Institute's Rory Medcalf examines the different character and impacts of social media in China and India, and asks: can the microblog change the megastates? The column can be read here

Why a U.S.-China 'Grand Bargain' in Asia would fail

In this review of Hugh White's book The China choice, published in The Diplomat, the Lowy Institute's Rory Medcalf focuses on the great difficulties facing a U.S.-China grand bargain and an Asian 'concert of powers'. He argues that it is right to warn of the risks of U.S.-China

Power play risks dissent over accord

Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, writes in an opinion piece in The Australian that arguments that Washington should cede a sphere of influence to Beijing are too neat

How the RBA should manage a high $A

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin argues that when markets are distorted by foreign central banks, it might be better to deal directly with the distortion

Adapt to the tide of change or perish

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin warns that the high dollar, the carbon tax and high labour costs are driving rapid adjustment pressures on manufacturing

What at stake in the South China Sea?

The territorial disputes in the South China Sea get much less attention than other crisis points, in the Taiwan Straits and the Korean Peninsula, but are arguably more unpredictable and dangerous. It is in the South China Sea that the components of Asia’s changing power dynamics are most

America foreign fantasy

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that Washington's global ambitions exceed its power — and that spells trouble for Australia

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