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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

Defence umbrella put to the test

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Sam Roggeveen writes that friends and foes alike are watching as the US shoots down its satellite. The Australian, 20 February 2008, p. 14

Expats - time to use them wisely

In this opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove argues that Australia, with its large 'gold-collar' diaspora, is well positioned to benefit from the global trend towards the strengthening of diasporas.The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 February 2008, p. 11

The world must adapt to diasporas

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove argues that the thickening of diasporas has important implications for global economics, politics and security.Financial Times, 15 February 2008, p. 9

How we missed a chance for peace

Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute blog, The Interpreter, reviews Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race, by Richard Rhodes. Sydney Morning Herald, 2 February 2008, p. S28 

PM Defence dilemma

In this opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Professor Hugh White argues that Kevin Rudd's good intentions may not be enough to fix the many operational problems within our armed forces. The Australian, 12 February 2008, p. 12

Sovereign wealth funds only part of the debate

In this opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that Australia should push its own agenda on foreign investment. Australian Financial Review, 11 February 2008, p. 23

An indigenous element

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Executive Director Allan Gyngell argues the case for incorporating elements of indigenous culture in to Australia's official welcomes for foreign dignitaries. The Australian, 31 January 2007, p. 12

Everybody needs good neighbours

In this opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Jenny Hayward-Jones, The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program Director, argues that Australia needs to accept its regional identity and engage with its Pacific Island neighbours as sovereign partners rather than simply as recipients of aid in

Time to lift our game and engage India

In this opinion piece in The Age, international security program director Rory Medcalf argues that recent progress in China-India relations is a reminder that Australia needs to invest more seriously in its India diplomacy. The Age, 17 January 2008, p. 15

How Australia can help Pakistan

In this opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, international security program director Rory Medcalf identifies the steps Australia can and should take to pursue its declared support for a more democratic and secure order in Pakistan, following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.Sydney Morning

Overhyped, but blogs are here to stay

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, argues that blogs have never completely lived up to their early hype. But they are gaining political importance, and they are influencing the conduct of foreign and strategic policy

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Sam Roggeveen presentation

At the Wednesday Lowy Lunch on 12 December, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's blog The Interpreter, in a presentation entitled 'Blogging World Politics', discussed the impact that all types of bloggers - pyjama-clad loners in their basements, political dissidents, journalists and think

Hawks see end is NIE

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, argues that the chances of a military strike against Iran are now more remote.The Australian, 5 December 2007, p. 14

Liquid terror

In a new Lowy Institute Perspectives, Waleed Aly explores the connection between international policy and domestic radicalisation.A presentation to the Lowy Institute by Waleed Aly on this topic is also available

We must add voice to sovereign funds debate

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that the growth of state-run investment giants raises issues for Australia. Australian Financial Review, 3 December 2007, p. 23

AIDS: no time for complacency

Bill Bowtell, Director of the Lowy Institute's Asia Pacific HIV Project, published an article in the ABC's online magazine, Unleashed, on 3 December 2007. 

Ally with a new attitude

In this opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times on 29 November 2007, Dr Michael Fullilove described the implications for the United States of the Howard Government's defeat at last weekend's Australian federal election.Los Angeles Times, 29 November 2007, p. A23This article was republished in The

The great convergence

Along with globalisation, the onset of sustained, rapid catch-up growth in the developing world is one of the most important forces shaping the world economy. This development can be described as a Great Convergence that is unwinding the consequences of a previous Great Divergence that divided the

Lawrence of Arabia is out of place in Iraq

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, argues against the current liberal usage of Lawrence's aphorisms to fit our own times.Financial Times, 12 November 2007, p. 13

Roosevelt lessons for future presidents

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times on 8 November 2007, Dr Michael Fullilove marks the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt's victory over Herbert Hoover by suggesting some lessons the White House could learn from FDR's presidency. Financial Times, 8 November 2007, p. 11

Benefits offset costs of US alliance

In this opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Non-resident Senior Fellow Alan Dupont examines the results of a survey, commissioned by Sydney University's United States Studies Centre, on Australian attitudes towards the United States. Sydney Morning Herald, 3 October 2007, p. 13

How all empires end

Lowy Institute Non-resident Senior Fellow Alan Dupont reviews 'The Upside of Down' by political scientist and environmental author Thomas Homer-Dixon. The Australian, 21 July 2007, p. 12

When the going gets tough, rules start going

In this opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville argues that there are some urgent lessons to be learned from the sub-prime problems. Australian Financial Review, 29 October 2007, p. 23

Making more of the US alliance

Dr Michael Fullilove published an op-ed in The Australian Financial Review on 29 October on the topic of John Howard's claim that a re-elected Coalition Government would be well placed to persuade the Bush Administration of the need for binding carbon emissions targets. Dr Fullilove argued that the

Bush not the only problem

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Owen Harries suggests that whether the United States can change its wayward course in time is shaping up as the key question of our age. The Australian, 19 October 2007, p. 14

The safety net dragging us down

In this opinion piece, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that the Government needs to cap community expectations of the kinds of help it can provide to Australians overseas, and send clearer messages about the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own wellbeing while

Australia strategic dilemmas

No matter who wins the 24 November Federal election, the next Australian government will face dilemmas in international policy, especially in defence and security. In this article published in the UK Royal United Services Institute's Newsbrief, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf

Australia and Indonesia

The changing Australian security relationship with its largest neighbour, Indonesia, is the subject of a chapter the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Allan Gyngell, has contributed to a new book. 'Australia as an Asia Pacific Regional Power; Friendship in Flux' was edited by Dr Brendan

All talk and very little effectual global action

It's time for the IMF to admit its mistakes and trim back its mission creep, writes Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville in an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review. Australian Financial Review, 15 October 2007, p. 27

Lack of liquidity is not the sub-prime problem

In this opinion piece, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that there is more at stake in the so-called liquidity crisis than its popular description might lead us to believe. Australian Financial Review, 2 October 2007, p. 25

Defensive positions

In this article in The Bulletin magazine, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf assesses that a militarised Asia could prove a boon or a bane in an age of climate refugees.The Bulletin, 9 October 2007, p. 27

G-20 the right tool to balance world books

In this article in the Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville writes that the sub-prime crisis in the United States could lead to a risky realignment of the global economy.Australian Financial Review, 10 September 2007, p. 25

Weapons of mass destruction: maintaining the rage

The inaugural John Gee Memorial Lecture, 'Weapons of mass destruction: maintaining the rage', was delivered by Gareth Evans, President, International Crisis Group, at the Australian National University, Canberra, on 16 August 2007, in conjunction with the Lowy Institute for International Policy. A

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Dr Bates Gill presentation

On 5 September 2007 at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Bates Gill spoke on the topic of 'Asian regional architecture: the debate in Washington.' How is Washington looking at the future institutional architecture in Asia and how involved does the United States wish to be? In the US debate this

Drafting a better future

In this opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Executive Director Allan Gyngell writes on the achievements of APEC in the past eighteen years since its first meeting. The Age, 1 September 2007, p. 6

Alliance would get a fresh coat of paint under Rudd

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director, Gobal Issues, examines how the US alliance would look under a Labor government.This op-ed is an extract from Dr Fullilove's John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Visiting Scholar's Public Lecture for 2007.

Deadly failure of nerve

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Bill Bowtell, Director of the Lowy Institute's HIV/AIDS Project, argues that medical advances in treating HIV are helping many but only better prevention policies can save millions more from infection.This is an edited extract from 'Applying the paradox of

Give the Poodle a chance at peace

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove argued that Tony Blair's mission to the Middle East as the Quartet's special envoy should not be judged prematurely.This opinion piece was previously published in the Financial Times on 13 July 2007

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