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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

Increase IMF capacity, replace its uselsss bosses

In an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that Australia should seek deeper reform of the International Monetary Fund. Australian Financial Review, 23 February 2009, p. 20

All change or plus ça change

It's now common to hear the claim that the global financial crisis will fundamentally change the world economy. In a new paper in the Lowy Institute's Perspectives series, Mark Thirlwell asks whether the changing facts about the world economy - plummeting growth, soaring risk aversion, collapsing

Rudd must not retreat from our war criminals

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Research Associate Fergus Hanson examines Australia's current approach to suspected war criminals living in Australia. Fergus is the author of the Lowy Institute Policy Brief entitled Confronting reality: responding to war criminals

Urgent need for new international forum

In an opinion piece on the international financial crisis in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that much needs to be resolved if big nations are to shrink their imbalances smoothly. Australian Financial Review, 7-8 February 2009, p. 62

President of the world

In an article in The Australian Literary Review, Dr Michael Fullilove writes on how Barack Obama's personal experience of globalisation makes him a very different American leader.The Australian - Australian Literary Review, 4 February 2009, p. 10

In this financial crisis, we still need Davos Man

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Mark Thirlwell, Program Director International Economy, mounts a defence for Davos Man, whose reputation has taken a beating from the global financial crisis. Sydney Morning Herald, 30 January 2009, p. 11

Washington event on President Obama’s inaugural address

On 21 January, the Lowy Institute for International Policy and the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution co-hosted a panel discussion in Washington, DC on the inaugural address delivered by President Obama the day before. The event was chaired by Carlos Pascual, Vice President of

Fine speech for an extraordinary historical moment

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, analyses Barack Obama's inaugural address.Sydney Morning Herald, 22 January 2009, p. 7

Obama legacy must rewrite the terms of success

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute blog, The Interpreter, suggests that if the US President can turn political emphasis away from war he will deserve to be honoured.Australian Financial Review, 21 January 2009, p. 55

Obama biggest speech yet

In this op-ed on www.foreignpolicy.com, Dr Michael Fullilove looks ahead to Barack Obama's inaugural address on 20 January and distills three lessons from history concerning the relationship between presidential language and U.S. foreign policy.http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=

Five problems to fix in a flawed policy

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin argues that the government's climate change policies are fixable. Australian Financial Review, 15 January 2009, p. 47

Engineering political stability

In an opinion piece in the Solomon Star News, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, puts forward suggestions for Solomon Islands' political stability and governance from the conference held in Honiara in late September 2008. Solomon Star

Reports of US decline could be premature

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that Obama will be the president who reveals the frailties in the argument that America is on the decline.Sydney Morning

No more naval gazing as China takes to the sea

In this opinion piece in The Age, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that China's anti-piracy naval deployment off Somalia opens a window of opportunity for Australia and others to test the waters of cooperation with a rising power. The Age, 5 January 2009, p. 9

Chinese anti-piracy mission

In this opinion piece in the International Herald Tribune, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that the naval deployment to combat Somali piracy is a momentous step in China's rise as a world power. He argues that the United States, India and others should seize this

Obama should try cricket, 'fore it all turns to ashes

An opinion piece by Dr Michael Fullilove, originally published in the Financial Times on 10 December 2008, on the use of a cricket metaphor for President-elect Barack Obama's foreign policy, was published in The Australian Financial Review on 18 December 2008.Australian Financial Review, 18 December

Mr. Obama first trip

On 15 December 2008, Dr Michael Fullilove published an op-ed in The New York Times. During the campaign, President-elect Barack Obama promised that in the first 100 days of his administration he would 'travel to a major Islamic forum and deliver an address to redefine our struggle.' In his op-ed, Dr

Best defence will be non-provocative

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's blog The Interpreter, argues for the adoption by Australia of a non-provocative defence posture. Australian Financial Review, 15 December 2008, p. 55

National strategy crucial to expand Latin America ties

In this opinion piece in the Canberra Times, Deputy Director Martine Letts discusses how the government should build on the Australian private sector's achievements in embracing Latin America through a long-term strategy of engagement, which will pay long term dividends. Canberra Times, 1

Obama ought to take up cricket

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove, Global Issues Program Director and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution, argues that there are several lessons about the international system that President-Elect Barack Obama could learn from cricket.Financial Times, 10

Mumbai terrorist attacks

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf assesses some of the repercussions of the Mumbai terrorist attacks. He judges that military confrontation between India and Pakistan is unlikely, and that India might instead focus on its

Engaging Pakistan

The Mumbai terror attacks have once again focused attention on Pakistan's position as both a critical ally in the war on terror and a country in which a number of key terrorist groups have found safe haven. The international community faces a difficult dilemma in balancing demands that Pakistan do

Defence has battle at home

Alan Dupont's opinion piece examines Australian defence issues and the rush to complete the defence white paper. The Australian, 20 November 2008, p. 12

Sting of climate change

In an opinion piece, Sarah Potter and Malcolm Cook summarise the findings from the Sting of Climate Change Policy Brief on the effects of climate change on mosquito-borne diseases to Australia’s north. Courier Mail, 20 November 2008, p. 36

We'll have to vie for Obama attention

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that Australia will need 'sharp elbows and pointy ideas' to be heard in Washington.The Australian, 17 November 2008, p. 8

Australia position at the G-20

Dr Michael Fullilove and Dr Stephen Grenville contributed a comment about the forthcoming Washington G-20 meeting to an online forum hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Brookings Institution. The forum is available here:www.thechicagocouncil.org/g20forumhttp://www.brookings.edu/

Australia: Allied in transition

The Seattle-based National Bureau of Asian Research publishes Strategic Asia, an annual assessment of Asian security issues affecting the United States. The 2008-09 volume in the series, titled Challenges and Choices, is aimed at providing guidance for the next US President on key decisions

After Bush: how to repair US alliances

In an opinion piece in The Christian Science Monitor, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that whoever wins the US presidential election, either candidate would need to work hard to reinvigorate America's

A world of policy differences

In an article in the News Review section of The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove writes that the foreign policies of the two US presidential candidates would not be as similar as some analysts predict.Sydney Morning Herald, 1 November 2008, p. 29

Why Kissinger should support Obama

In an article in The Daily Beast online magazine, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC, writes that neither candidate would be a foreign policy realist after Henry Kissinger's heart - but Obama would be closer to it

Australia deserves a voice in reshaping the world

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Executive Director Allan Gyngell argues that the coming summit on the global financial crisis presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for Australia. Australian Financial Review, 30 October 2008, p. 67

Lenders of last resort may well lose balance

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that saving the banks and their shadows has not solved the deeper problem of the financial system. Australian Financial Review, 27 October 2008, p. 25

Picking the US winner

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove examines the implications of the US presidential election for Australia's interests.Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October 2008, p. 15

Soothing platitudes don't save the world

In an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville discusses the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and his view on the role for co-ordinated international action. Australian Financial Review, 13 October 2008, p.17

Into the crisis, enter the dragon

In an opinion piece in the Herald-Sun, International Economy Program Director Mark Thirlwell writes that while Australians may be concerned about some of the implications of China's economic rise, including the challenges posed by a wave of state-controlled foreign investment into the resource

From losing to winning in Afghanistan

In this opinion piece in The Washington Times, Andrew Shearer and leading US strategic commentator Michael O'Hanlon propose a strategy to reverse the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. Washington Times, 3 October 2008

Down Under, America is on top

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer writes on the rebound in Australian public attitudes towards the United States and growing unease about China's rise revealed in the 2008 Lowy Institute Poll.Wall Street Journal Asia, 1 October

Stephen Grenville opinion piece

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that getting the foreign investment rules right is the best way to deal with sovereign wealth funds. Australian Financial Review, 20 September 2008, p. 23

Pacific off target despite support

In an opinion piece in The Canberra Times, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, argues for bold initiatives in the delivery of Australian aid to the Pacific region. Canberra Times, 25 September 2008, p. 19

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Lydia Khalil presentation

In the Wednesday Lunch on 24 September, Non–resident Fellow Lydia Khalil shared her recent experiences traveling and working in Iraq and Afghanistan and discussed how commonalities can be applied to successful stability operations in these and any other potential conflict zone

Asia arms no cause for alarm

In an opinion piece in The Canberra Times, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, argues that Australia does not need to react to what the Prime Minister wrongly called an 'explosion' in regional defence spending. In fact, a modest cut to our defence budget would help

Time to reckon with nuclear region

In this opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf summarises key messages from his recent policy brief about a nuclear disarmament agenda for Australia. He notes that support for the US-India nuclear deal obliges Canberra to step up its

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