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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

Don't think it over

In this opinion piece in The Australian, Owen Harries argues that notwithstanding the debacle unfolding in Iraq, the Bush doctrine of preventive war, regime change and aggressive unilateralism is not necessarily dead. The Australian, 19 December 2006, p. 10

Trouble looms, whichever path Bush takes

In this opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White discusses the costs and risks of staying in Iraq and of leaving Iraq. Sydney Morning Herald, 19 December 2006, p. 11. A version of this opinion piece was also published in The Age, 19 December

Pointers on how to make the already dull duller

In this op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove takes aim at a parliamentary report calling for the introduction of PowerPoint into the House of Representatives chamber. Michael is the editor of a recent collection of Australian speeches, 'Men and Women of Australia!' Our Greatest

A fine delivery

In this article for The Sunday Age, Michael Fullilove recounts some of the great Australian cricketing speeches.The Age, 10 December 2006

John Bolton resignation

The resignation of John Bolton as US Permanent Representative to the United Nations is likely to confirm the trend toward moderation in the Bush Administration's foreign policy which has been visible for the past three years. It may also enable the United States to conduct its business more

The new - and old - threats beyond defence of Australia

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues in this opinion piece that Australia needs a light army and a heavy-hitting navy and air force. His Lowy Institute Paper, entitled Beyond the Defence of Australia, is being released this week. Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Decemebr 2006, p. 15. A

End of simplicity

In the wake of Iraq, Australia needs to develop a more nuanced foreign policy, suggests Owen Harries.This op-ed is adapted from his recent Perspective, After Iraq. The Australian, 1 December 2006, p. 12

Summit should put economics back into oil

In this opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Anthony Bubalo and Mark Thirlwell, drawing on their latest Policy Brief, argue that this weekend's G-20 meeting is an opportunity to reduce political conflict over resources.Sydney Morning Herald, 16 November 2006, p. 13

A welcome further step

Australia and Indonesia have negotiated a new Framework for Security Cooperation agreement. In this opinion piece for The Australian, the Institute’s executive director, Allan Gyngell, examines what it means for the relationship between two very different neighbours.The Australian, 10 November

Ties to the US are worth cherishing

The American Left won an important victory in the congressional mid-term elections. In this op-ed in The Australian on 9 November, Dr Michael Fullilove examines the Australian Left's approach to the US and to our alliance with that country.The Australian, 9 November 2006, p. 14

Paradise revised

Allan Gyngell, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, reflects in the current edition of the Griffith Review – The Trouble with Paradise – on changing Australian attitudes towards the United States. A version of the article also appeared in the Melbourne Age on 4 November 2006. The full

Macroeconomic policy challenges for New Zealand: monetary policy

New Zealand is a small open economy in a globalised world. The close linkages with international financial markets present challenges for domestic stabilisation policy, which are explored in this paper in the Lowy Institute Perspectives series. There may be lessons, too, for Australia as financial

When the right words matter

In this article in the Saturday Age on 11 November, Dr Michael Fullilove reviews the history of great Australian remembrance speeches. Dr Fullilove is editor of 'Men and Women of Australia!' Our Greatest Modern Speeches (Vintage

Reform first requires recognition of a wrong

In this opinion piece, Stephen Grenville reflects on the saga of the International Monetary Fund and Indonesia and says the IMF misdiagnosed the problem from the start. Australian Financial Review, 16 October 2006, p. 26

A new diplomacy over Papua

On 7 October in the Weekend Australian, Paul Kelly wrote an extensive feature article on the latest Lowy Institute Paper, Pitfalls of Papua. Calling it one of the most muscular reports published by the Institute, Paul Kelly warns that the battle of ideas over Indonesia in Australia is heavily

We're still very wary of Indonesia

In this op-ed, appearing in The Australian on 3 October, Malcolm Cook and Ivan Cook write that while Australians now feel comfortable with Asia, we are still wary about our closest big neighbour, Indonesia. Results from the Lowy Institute Poll 2006 reveal that Indonesians and Australians are

Australia and Indonesia compared

In this Lowy Institute Perspective, Murray Goot, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, compares Australian and Indonesian public opinion on foreign policy, global affairs, and each other, using the results of the Lowy Institute Poll 2006

The killer catching a ride with HIV

In this op-ed appearing in the Sydney Morning Herald on 21 September 2006, Bill Bowtell warns that the recent emergence of extreme drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) also has ominous implications for the control and management of the HIV pandemic, especially in the Asia Pacific. XDR-TB poses a

Koizumi rewrote the rulers' rule book

In an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Dr Malcolm Cook of the Lowy Institute argues that the Japanese political system has been remoulded under the leadership of retiring Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Koizumi's legacy is a revitalised ruling party, a more conservative leaning

Letter to the editor

In this letter to the Editor of The Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove replies to a recent op-ed which defended the Australian Government's inconsistent approach to the death penalty. The Australian, 13 September 2005, p. 15

Closer ties mean sharing our icons

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues the case for a common Australian-New Zealand currency. Australian Financial Review, 11 September 2006, p. 20

Toronto: Talkfest or action plan?

The just-concluded Toronto AIDS Conference was held in the 25th anniversary year of the identification of the HIV virus.After many years of drift and chaos in the management of the response to HIV/AIDS, there were encouraging signs at Toronto of the emergence of a coherent and unified global

China starts to pull its weight at the UN

In an op-ed in The International Herald Tribune, Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute argues that China's assertiveness at the UN is following the same growth curve as its economic performance and military capacity. It has stepped up in New York just as the United States has stepped down. Now

A proposal to curb Asia over-active death row

In this Comment piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute observes that although the Western press gives the impression that most executions occur in the American boondocks, in fact Asia is world's best practice at executing people. He argues for the establishment of a

Australia should take a moral lead

Dr Michael Fullilove argues in this opinion piece in the Saturday Age of 19 August that Australia should oppose the scheduled executions of the Bali bombers and all other instances of capital punishment. He suggests that Australian political leaders ought to speak consistently on the issue and that

Australia needs a consistent voice to end death penalty

Dr Michael Fullilove published an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 August arguing that Australia should initiate a regional coalition against the death penalty. The op-ed draws on his new Policy Brief, Capital punishment and Australian foreign policy

Doha closes, another opens - op-ed by Mark Thirlwell

What do the latest stalemate in world trade negotiations and a dead parrot have in common? In this opinion piece Mark Thirlwell writes that the increasingly desperate attempts to claim that there remains at least some life in the Doha Round are becoming eerily reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch.

Why this new fighter jet is worth the gamble

In this opinion piece, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that for all its problems, the Joint Strike Fighter will uphold our military status in the region. The Age, 18 July 2006, p. 11 This opinion piece was also published in the Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 2006, p. 11

Israel pursuit of Hizballah - opinion piece

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald of 18 July, Anthony Bubalo, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, argues that Israel is pursuing a two-pronged strategy against Hizballah in Lebanon.Sydney Morning Herald, 18 July 2006, p. 11

The second wave of HIV/AIDS

Australia has much to offer in the global campaign to contain HIV/AIDS, writes Bill Bowtell, and at the forefront of this campaign is the (perhaps unexpected) figure of Alexander Downer. Newmatilda.com, 5 July 2006

NZ tests a capital idea

In this opinion piece, Stephen Grenville looks at one of globalisation's unresolved policy challenges. Australian Financial Review, 3 July 2006, p. 24

IMF needs the Group of 20

In this opinion piece, Stephen Grenville examines the role of the International Monetary Fund and the need for its reform. Australian Financial Review, 26 June 2006, p. 24

Just who afraid of China?

In this opinion piece, Hugh White writes that the United States risks too much in portraying China as a threat to the rest of Asia. The Age, 21 June 2006, p. 15

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