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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

From WikiLeaks to News of the World: dangers ahead

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, has published an opinion piece on similarities between the operations of WikiLeaks and News of the World in Aspenia Online. The piece is available at:http://www.aspeninstitute.it/aspenia-online/article/wikileaks-news-world-dangers-aheadAspenia

On hobby-horses to corral productivity

In an Economic Briefing column in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that appropriately measuring output is complicated.Australian Financial Review, 24 October 2011, p. 23

Climate change: the two who matter the most

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that with action on climate change, Australia is more likely to make a difference by being a broker, not a leader.The Age, 11 October 2011, p. 13

Subprime nation? America economic policy challenges

The August 2011 sovereign downgrade of the United States by Standard & Poor’s was seen by many international observers as a symbol of a US economy in relative decline. In a new Lowy Institute Perspectives, based on a speech he delivered last month to the National Security College at the

Lowy Lecture Series - Josh Frydenberg presentation

Indonesia's strong economic growth and emerging leadership in the region are creating new opportunities for Australia to deepen its political, economic and strategic ties with our close and important neighbour. With an economy expected to double in size over the next fifteen years, Indonesia is now

A tax to suit the times

Stephen Grenville describes the possible benefits of introducing a Tobin tax - a small tax on financial transactions - in slowing excessive international capital flows, and its place in addressing the eurozone crisis

Canberra head in the sand over how Fijians feel

Jenny Hayward-Jones writes in The Australian Magazine about the Lowy Institute's poll of the Fijian people on their opinions of the Bainimarama regime. Hayward-Jones argues that the results of the poll, which found that 66 per cent of Fijians thought that Bainimarama was doing a good job, are valid

A democracy gulf in the Gulf

In an opinion piece in The Drum, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan writes on the way Gulf rulers are approaching the issue of popular participation in government.The Drum, 22 September 2011

No defence to warship blowout

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that Australia's $8 billion commitment to the construction of three Air Warfare Destroyers is a waste of money — too expensive and out of line with our strategic interests.The Age, 27 September 2011, p. 11

Last exit: planned Greek default the only way out

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville wrtites that a deliberate strategy for Greece's insolvency is better than the alternative.Australian Financial Review, 26 September 2011, p. 23

Unraveling China 'String of Pearls'

In an article in YaleGlobal Online Magazine, Lowy Institute Research Associate Ashley Townshend argues that there are few reasons to fear China’s strategic weight in the Indian Ocean.YaleGlobal Online Magazine, 16 September 2011; Versions of this opinion piece were also published by South China

Time to forge a partnership for the Asian Century

In this op-ed in The Australian, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf, convener of the Australia-India Roundtable, teams with leading Indian foreign policy commentator Raja Mohan to propose a way forward in Australia-India relations. Australia should sell uranium to India and India needs to get

Risks of US alliance rising as value falls

In an opinion piece in The Age, Raoul Heinrichs, editor of the Lowy Institute's Strategic Snapshot Series, argues that Canberra is making dangerous assumptions about our Washington ties.The Age, 15 September 2011, p. 15

The Yanks are welcome in Oz

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer writes that on its 60th anniversary, the Australia-US alliance faces new risks and dangers, including cyber attacks and China’s rapid military modernisation.Wall Street Journal Asia, 15 September

Arming the country for cyber attack

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that in the context of cyber war,Australia should let enemies know it is ready for a virtual battle.The Age, 13 September 2011, p. 13

China carrier is no cause for regional alarm

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Research Associate Ashley Townshend and Shashank Joshi, an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, London, write that the Varyag, China's first aircraft carrier, is on a course to national pride.The Australian, 6 September 2011,

Pacific faces vital choices on Asia

In an opinion piece in The New Zealand Herald, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley writes that the Pacific Islands Forum is at a crossroads as tiger economies muscle up.This is a summary of Dr Wesley's keynote address to the Institute's conference, "'The Pacific Islands and the world:

Compromised win for hunger striker

In this op-ed in The Australian, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Vinod Daniel outlines the complexities of the Indian corruption debate following the Indian parliament’s concessions to hunger striking protest leader Anna Hazare. A version of this piece first appeared on the Lowy blog The

Obama as hardheaded liberal

In an article for The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove and Dr Steven Casey write that President Obama was accused of neglecting alliances and ceding too much ground to allies in Libya, but this week's successes in Tripoli prove he's heir to Roosevelt and Truman.The Daily Beast, 26 August 2011

Auld acquaintances won't be forgotten, even as power axes shift

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Steven Casey and Dr Michael Fullilove write that as the United States loses global influence and faces China's rise, it will seek to firm up ties with its old allies, including Australia.Sydney Morning Herald, 30 August 2011, p. 11

Politics spooks market more than US debt

In an Economic Briefing column in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that a balanced United States budget is eminently achievable.Australian Financial Review, 29 August 2011, p. 23

America dangerous battle plan

In this piece for The Diplomat, Raoul Heinrichs, editor of the Lowy Institute's Strategic Snapshot series, argues that the US AirSea Battle plan for the Western Pacific is costly, dangerous and unnecessary - and should be abandoned in favour of a more asymmetric maritime denial strategy.The Diplomat

Advance Column: Turning to twitter

In his regular column in the August 2011 edition of the journal American Review, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf examines the value of twitter for foreign policy think tanks and journalists.The article can be accessed here:http://americanreviewmag.com/opinions/Advance-column-August-2011

Troops should be kept in Middle East

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan writes that a small regional military base in the United Arab Emirates makes sense.The Australian, 18 August 2011, p. 8

America is rotting at its core

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that as China rapidly ascends in influence, its superpower rival seems unable to face up to its failings.The Age, 16 August 2011, p. 15

Doom 'n gloom

S&P’s decision to downgrade US debt has helped trigger a market panic as investors fret about poor policy and lacklustre growth in the United States and the Eurozone.Watch Mark Thirlwell (International Economy Program Director) analyse this week's turmoil in the world’s financial markets

The News of the WikiLeaks: both share a dangerous rationale

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, published an article in The Atlantic on the similarities in the mode of operating of WikiLeaks and the News of the World. The article can be read at: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/08/the-news-of-the-wikileaks-both-share-a-

Bluffing their way into crisis

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that Australia can play a role smoothing the waters between the United States and China in the South China Sea.The Age, 2 August 2011, p. 11

Omaid story

Susanne Schmeidl, the co-founder of the Afghan NGO, The Liaison Office, and editor of the Lowy Institute’s Afghan Voices series, writes here of the death in Afghanistan of Afghan journalist Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak

Ratings agencies: front, centre and still flawed

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that it is time the risk assessors, the credit ratings agencies, were assessed themselves.Australian Financial Review, 1 August 2011, p. 23

We're not really helping

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that economic growth, not foreign aid, is overcoming long-term poverty in the world.The Age, 19 July 2011, p. 11

How to avoid crisis and find trust in the South China Sea

In this article for China-US Focus, the Lowy Institute's Rory Medcalf assesses the outcomes from the July 2011 visit to China by US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen. He concludes that the confidence-building measures from that visit fall short of what is needed to prevent

A price is not much help if the world can call the tune

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin argues that the new carbon pricing policy is on the track, but only half-way there.See Professor McKibbin's Lowy Institute Issues Brief 'Sensible Climate Policy' for more analysis of the topic

Gung-ho inflation fighters unwelcome

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review's Economic Briefing section, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that tighter monetary policy is not the answer.Australian Financial Review, 4 July 2011, p. 23

What Robert Gates leaves behind

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates steps down on June 30 after almost five years in the job, and having served under both a Republican and Democrat president. The Diplomat asked some of the leading Asia analysts to assess how some of the key US military relationships developed under Gates, and the

Mekong dam plans threatening the natural order

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Milton Osborne writes that altering the Mekong River's flow would rob 80 million people of their main protein source.The Australian, 29 June 2011, p. 10

All at sea over Beijing brinkmanship

In this commentary article in The Australian, the director of the Lowy Institute’s international security program, Rory Medcalf, warns that China’s assertive actions at sea could end in conflict unless there are renewed efforts at dialogue and practical confidence-building measures. This is

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