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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

Blair Mideast mission is more than just vanity

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove argued that Tony Blair's appointment as the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East was not as soft-headed as most pundits have decided.This opinion piece was later republished in the Sydney Morning Herald on 18 July 2007. Financial

Defence update hidden depths

In an opinion piece for the Australian Financial Review, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf looks at the 2007 Defence Update. He describes it as a welcome effort to explain Australia's growing military power, but notes that it also carries messages and omissions which could raise

RBA Grenville says Asia poor await recovery

In this opinion piece for the The Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville writes how crisis countries of 1997 are growing more slowly, investing less and running surpluses. The Australian Financial Review, 25 June 2006, p. 63

Gaza policy just leads full circle

In an opinion piece for The Australian Financial Review, West Asia Program Director, Anthony Bubalo, explores the implications of Hamas' military takeover of Gaza.The Australian Financial Review, 19 June 2007, p. 63

Asians must spend more on basic infrastructure

In this opinion piece for The Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville discusses how ASEAN nations are still hurting in the aftermath of 1997's economic crisis. The Australian Financial Review, 18 June 2007, p. 23

Tigers who develop too fast for comfort

In this opinion piece for The Australian, Mark Thirlwell describes how the economic success of China and India is prompting some second thoughts about the future of globalisation. The Australian, 14 June 2007

China tipping scales of global imbalance

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville argues that China's trade, currency and interest rate regimes are not sustainable.Australian Financial Review, 4 June 2007, p. 21

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Professor James Piscatori presentation

On 30 May at the Wednesday Lowy Lunch, at 31 Bligh Street, Professor James Piscatori discussed Iraq and the future of political Islam.Professor Piscatori is a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Arab and

Anzac, our Achilles heel?

In this opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that the nation's defence strategy should be about future threats, not past glories.  The Age, 24 May 2007, p. 15

Mass destruction, mass distribution

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Owen Harries reviewed 'The atomiz bazaar', a book about the current and prospective states of the nuclear arms industry by William Langewiesche, in the Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal, 22 May 2007, P. D7

Chinese love triangle

In an article in the online magazine Slate, Dr Michael Fullilove describes the development of trilateral configurations in the strategic composition of the Asia Pacific region.Slate, 22 May 2007, http://www.slate.com

Deciding the 'property rights' of emissions

In this opinion piece, Stephen Grenville writes that the Business Council has been quick to outline its policy on carbon emissions, but we need to consider the equity implications of greenhouse emissions trading. Australian Financial Review, 21 May 2007, p. 23

Time is ripe for investment in Africa

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Mark O'Neill writes in this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review that Australia's renewed focus on Zimbabwe should reignite wider interest in Africa. Australian Financial Review, 16 May 2007, p. 63

Another nuclear arms race is in the offing

In this opinion piece, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that there are ways Australia can help reduce the risk of a nuclear arms race between the United States and China. Sydney Morning Herald, 10 May 2007, p. 11The Age, 10 May 2007, p. 15

Interests, not identity

In the May edition of the Australian Book Review, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Allan Gyngell, reviews 'The Howard Paradox', a new book by Professor Michael Wesley examining the Howard government's policies towards Asia. Australian Book Review, May 2007

Hardly a war to end war

The Lowy Institute's Program Director for International Security, Rory Medcalf, looks at how the Iraq conflict might affect Western countries' future decisions on the use of force. He argues that this impact will be less straightforward than the war's magnitude as a US strategic error might suggest

There is no need to change HIV-risk immigration policy

In this article in The Australian, Bill Bowtell argues that there is no need to change Australia's present HIV immigration laws, and the flexible and tolerant way they have been applied to allow the immigration of some people with HIV. The Australian, 21 April 2007, Health section, p. 21

IMF needs much more than a nip and tuck

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville argues that the International Monetary Fund is still a long way from being reformed. Australian Financial Review, 23 April 2007, p. 27

Uranium thorn

This opinion piece by Rory Medcalf in the Times of India is a version of an article previously published in the Australian Financial Review. It argues that Australia should try to reconcile its uranium and non-proliferation policies with India's rise.Times of India, 20 April 2007

The road to Tehran

In this opinion piece published in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that the next president may need to emulate Richard Nixon to find an exit strategy from Iraq. The Age, 12 April 2007, p. 15

Dealing with a Democratic Indonesia

In a new Lowy Institute Perspective entitled Dealing with a democratic Indonesia: the Yudhoyono Years, Ken Ward analyses how democratisation is changing Indonesia's political system, what challenges are facing democratic consolidation and how Canberra should respond. Ken is one of Australia's best

Costanza Doctrine Q&A

Dr Michael Fullilove participated in an online Q&A session on his Financial Times op-ed on the Costanza Doctrine. Readers' questions and Dr Fullilove's answers are available at www.ft.com/fullilove or can be downloaded here.The original opinion piece was published on 29 March 2007

The one about two Georges

In this opinion piece, Michael Fullilove writes that America's Iraq policy has no global precedent, but that we can find one in the world of comedy.The Age, 5 April 2007, p. 11

Uranium and India: keep options open

Rory Medcalf, Program Director, International Security, writes in this opinion piece that Australia should try to reconcile its uranium and non-proliferation policies with India's rise.Australian Financial Review, 4 April 2007

Beyond Zimbabwe

In this opinion piece, the Institute's Mark O'Neill says that Africa deserves more from Australia than just responses to crisis. He argues that Africa warrants greater policy attention from Australia. This piece was published in today’s West Australian. The West Australian, 30 March 2007, p.

Seinfeld and the Iraq war

Dr Michael Fullilove published an op-ed in The Financial Times on 30 March 2007 arguing that only Seinfeld can fully explain the US's invasion of Iraq. The article is available below. Dr Fullilove also participated in an online Q&A session on FT.com. Readers' questions and Dr Fullilove's answers

Defence faces a deficit deeper than our pockets

In this opinion piece, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White examines the Defence budget and the decision to spend $6 billion on 24 F-18F Super Hornet aircraft. Sydney Morning Herald, 29 March 2007, p. 13 and The Age, 20 March 2007, p. 19

Loose use of liquidity just confuses the issue

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that the concept of international liquidity is frequently used loosely, and in too many different ways, to be analytically useful. Australian Financial Review, 26 March 2007, p. 23

Success may bring dangers of its own

In this opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director for West Asia, writes that signs of an easing in the Iraq security situation raise questions about what would happen if the surge in US troops was a success.The Australian, 20 March 2007, p. 12

Howard brings home the goods from Japan trip

In an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Malcolm Cook, Program Director, Asia Pacific, writes that improved trade should follow Australia's new security pact with Japan. Australian Financial Review, 16 March 2007, p. 83

The changing Asia-Pacific security web

In this opinion piece in The Age, Rory Medcalf, Program Director for International Security, writes on the wider regional significance of the new Japan-Australia Joint Declaration on Security Co-operation. He argues that there are ways in which closer Australia-Japan security dialogue might end up

Another accountability moment

In this opinion piece, which appeared in The Australian on Monday 12 March 2007, Dr Michael Fullilove argues that unlike their more scrupulous American counterparts, Australian supporters of the Iraq war have not held themselves to account.The Australian, 12 March 2007, p. 8

UN bashing

Dr Michael Fullilove reviews a new book on the UN and Iraq in the March 2007 edition of the Australian Book Review. The book in question is David M. Malone, The International Struggle over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council 1980-2005 (OUP, 2006).Australian Book Review, No. 289, March 2007

A road Australia has travelled already

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues in this opinion piece that nuclear weapons cease to be an improbability if Australia decides to enrich its uranium. Sydney Morning Herald, 1 March 2007, p. 17The Age, 1 March 2007, p. 19

Engaging Iran is risky, but confrontation is even riskier

In an op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Anthony Bubalo examines the implications of Washington's nuclear deal with Pyongyang for its efforts to deal with Iran's nuclear program and argues that the time is right for the US to start talking to Tehran as well.Sydney

Thailand shows wisdom in restraining the herd

In this opinion piece, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that it is time to revise and apply an important lesson from the 1997 Asian crisis. Australian Financial Review, 12 February 2007, p. 22

Heavy artillery trained on PM

Dr Michael Fullilove comments on the disagreement between Prime Minister John Howard and Senator Barack Obama in this op-ed in The Australian Financial Review on 13 February 2007. Dr Fullilove argues there are two troubling developments. First, the tenor of the Prime Minister's intervention will

Scorched earth an insecure place

Lowy Institute Non-resident Senior Fellow, Professor Alan Dupont, writes on the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is the author, with Dr Graeme Pearman, of a Lowy Institute Paper entitled 'Heating up the planet: climate change and security

Alone in battle against volatility

In an opinion piece for the Australian Financial Review, Dr Malcolm Cook looks at the huge international policy challenges facing Australia in Melanesia. Australia has committed itself, with bi-partisan support, to providing regional stability and taking the lead in strengthening the region's states

Ban debut is a chance for Asia to step into the spotlight

In this comment piece in The Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove explores the significance of Ban Ki-moon's election to the office of UN Secretary-General at precisely the moment that Asia emerges into the geopolitical sun.Financial Times, 19 December 2006, p. 11

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