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Commentary

Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

Chance to calm South China Sea

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, writes that there is little hope that the ASEAN Forum will resolve differences over the South China Sea

Real power behind Tehran tirades

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan writes that wiser men behind the Iranian President will keep his finger off the nuclear button

U.S. 'rebalancing' in Mideast doesn't add up

In an op-ed in the Israeli daily, Haaretz, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo argues that the challenges faced by America in the Middle East will limit the Obama Administration's ability to 'rebalance' towards the Asia-Pacific

Climate views have moved on

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Executive Director Dr Michael Wesley writes that, just as people care less and less about climate change policies, the carbon tax is here

People count in the Indonesia equation

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Dave McRae, Research Fellow in the East Asia Program, writes that expanding people-to-people ties is important for the long-term health of the Australia-Indonesia relationship

We need to talk about Europe

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Mark Thirlwell writes that as the G20 convenes in Mexico this week, it will have to be tuned in to the euro zone crisis

If government listened it would cut carbon tax

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Fergus Hanson, program director for opinion polling at the Lowy Institute, writes that the 2012 Lowy Institute Poll results reveal that only one third of Australians support costly action against climate change

Syria horror exposes West inability to protect the innocent

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Rodger Shanahan, Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, argues that countries like Australia who are loud advocates of R2P in relatively straightforward circumstances need to be equally as vocal in dealing with difficult situations such as Syria.

Bo’s fall exposes cracked party base

Linda Jakobson, Program Director East Asia, writes in an opinion piece in The Australian that the fall of Bo Xilai, the former party secretary of Chongqing who was stripped of his Communist Party posts for 'serious discipline violations', highlights China's increasingly

Character must overcome creed

Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, writes in an opinion piece in The Australian on how Egypt's election tests a fragile democracy. The Australian, 23 May 2012, p. 8

Situation dire as Al Qaeda rises in Yemen

In an opinion piece for The Drum, Dr Rodger Shanahan writes that if anyone ever needed a reminder that relying on technology to fight a war can achieve tactical successes while strategic failure threatens, Yemen has provided such a reminder this week. The Drum, 10 May 2012

Europe: heavy weather heads this way

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin argues that the timing of the carbon tax and fiscal turnaround could not be worse for the Australian economy. Australian Financial Review, 21 May 2012, p. 55

Labor sowing the seeds of its own destruction

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin asks how the Australian people should judge the success of the 2012/13 Federal budget on Tuesday. Australian Financial Review, 8 May 2012, p. 55

Behold the Asian age

In an opinion piece in the Daily Telegraph, Executive Director Dr Michael Wesley argues that if we're smart, we can make sure that the Asian century is also an Australian century. Daily Telegraph, 19 May 2012

Harsh light shines on the state of China leadership

For at least a decade, think tanks and chanceries have echoed with tales of China's rise. The narrative is familiar. China has remade its economy and is now eating the US's lunch. The country is growing rapidly, laying roads and high-speed rail at a frenetic pace. The Chinese authorities sit

A paper-thin defence

In an opinion piece in The Age, Sam Roggeveen, editor of The Interpreter, writes that Canberra stumbles upon a few good military policies, but that our capability is weak. The Age, 4 May 2012, p. 11

Drawing the line

In his latest column for the magazine American Review, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf looks at the way social media is affecting international relations in 2012: notably in relation to US diplomacy, Chinese political instability, and the US-based online civil society crusade against African

An Australian perspective on U.S. rebalancing towards Asia

In this Policy Q and A publication by the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf examines the extent and implications of the US 'pivot' strategy towards the Asia-Pacific, and in particular Australia’s role and responses.  Sarah Serizawa: An

A network to sell Australia

In an opinion piece for Business Spectator, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Alex Oliver argues the importance of the Australia Network. Business Spectator, 20 April 2012

Calm assessment of U.S. alliance needed

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley argues that emotion should not rule in the difficult debate about Australia's alliance with the United States.The Australian, 27 April 2012, p. 10

Don't let Twitter fool you, Derryn

In an opinion piece in The Age, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, writes on the barrenness of Australia's political blogosphere. A version of  this article is published in the May issue of American Review, the journal of the United States Studies

After the fireworks, time for some diplomacy

In this opinion piece in leading Indian daily newspaper The Hindu, the Lowy Institute's Rory Medcalf and Fiona Cunningham make the case for India and China to build a stabilising nuclear dialogue now that the Agni V missile test has demonstrated India's ability to build a nuclear deterrent

In defence of the Australia network

In a piece extracted in Crikey today (from her original post on The Interpreter on 18 April 2012), Alex Oliver argues the Australia Network plays a fundamental role in Australia’s public diplomacy to the region. Crikey, 19 April 2012 The original Interpreter Blog post can be accessed 

No good options to curb Pyongyang

In this opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that the failure of North Korea’s Friday-the-13th missile test raise the risks of a nuclear test by the hermit kingdom. He warns that there are no good options for getting North

Aid essential for regional stability

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Annmaree O’Keeffe, acting director of the Lowy Institute's Myer Foundation Melanesia Program, asks whether Australia can afford to continue increasing its aid budget. In the leadup to the 2012 Federal Budget, rumours have surfaced about the Gillard

Revolution@State

Fergus Hanson has published an opinion piece in the Global Post on technological innovation at the US State Department, the topic of his recent Lowy Institute Analysis. Global Post, 8 April 2012 

Doubling down on Obama

Dr Michael Fullilove, the Lowy Institute’s Program Director Global Issues, has been observing President Barack Obama for a long time. He was in Boston for the 2004 Democratic National Convention at which Obama emerged as a national figure, and he spent the 2008 election year in the United

Brotherhood bid bad news, and good

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, writes that the decision by the Muslim Brotherhood to field a candidate in Egypt's presidential election in May, after repeatedly insisting it would not do so, is mostly bad news for the country's democratic

Open door policy

In an article for Foreignpolicy.com's Argument section, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson asks whether the State Department's ambitious new plan to subvert autocratic regimes online can actually succeed.The article can be read here

War tweets

In his latest column in American Review, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf looks at the growing use of twitter as a propaganda tool in warfare, from Afghanistan to Somalia.The column can be read here. 

Monetary policy works with help from banks

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that Australian banks have an interest in following the signals of the RBA.Australian Financial Review, 30 January 2012, p. 21

Time to weigh our role in Iran threat

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, writes that any US military confrontation with Iran in the Gulf would quickly underline the need for Australia to view its ties in the region in a similar way.The Australian, 1 February 2012, p. 10

Catching Europe ills

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin writes that Australia is risking its future prosperity by adopting Europe's fatally flawed policies.Australian Financial Review, 6 February 2012, p. 54

One size does not fit every Arab Spring

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Rodger Shanahan writes that a united front by the world in response to Syria is by no means easy to achieve.The Australian, 8 February 2012, p. 10

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