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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

Morrison should tread lightly overseas

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that the opposition immigration spokesman should be mindful to leave party politics at home.Published in revised form in The Australian Financial Review, 23 June 2011, p. 71

Let end muddled thinking on China

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Senior Fellow Professor Alan Dupont writes that signals we send to Beijing are confusing.The Australian, 22 June 2011, p. 8

More to do in Oruzgan

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan argues that we must stay the course in Afghanistan as a withdrawal now would harm our interests.The Age, 14 June 2011, p. 11

Yemen short spring season

In an opinion piece in The Drum, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Rodger Shanahan writes on the potential for the flowering of democracy in Yemen.The Drum, 6 June 2011

DFAT must capitalise on benefits of social media

In an opinion piece in The Canberra Times, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson argues that the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade must capitalise on the benefits of social media.Canberra Times, 3 June 2011, p. 17

Tomes, tweets and think tanks

In his latest Advance Column in the US Studies Centre journal American Review, Lowy Institute International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf reviews five important new books on Asian security, ranging across Sino-Japanese relations, China's naval ambitions and the challenges facing Indian

QE2 to end with a yawn, they hope

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that quantitative easing has been a success.Australian Financial Review, 30 May 2011, p. 23

Europe raising false membership hopes

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Bronwyn Lo, an intern at the Lowy Institute, addresses the European Union's angle in the apprehension of alleged Serbian war criminial Ratko Mladic.The Australian, 31 May 2011, p. 8

Carbon moral authority lost

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin argues that the real debate on climate change is at the global level.Australian Financial Review, 28 May 2011, p. 61

A frequent flyer foreign minister? Thank heavens

In an opinion piece in The Drum, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that critics of the foreign minister's visiting foreign countries ought to think big.This article was also published in The Interpreter.The Drum, 25 May 2011

Few reasons to fear China 'pearls'

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Research Associate Ashley Townshend writes that Beijing's strategic designs in the Indian Ocean are exaggerated.The Australian, 27 May 2011, p. 9

Making a whale out of a guppy

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Malcolm Cook and Fergus Hanson argue that Australia's pursuit of Japan over whaling may do more harm than good.Australian Financial Review, 23 May 2011, p. 55

Aid sector all go but no direction

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Annmaree O'Keeffe takes a critical look at the winners and losers in last week’s increased foreign aid budget. While supporting the government’s commitment to increase the aid budget, she asks where is the strategy to guide

How China views the world

How do China's leaders and political elites view the world? What kind of an international role would they like China to assume? At our Food for Thought on Friday 29 April, the new Director of the Lowy Institute's East Asia Program, Linda Jakobson, discussed these issues

'There Goes the Neighbourhood', by Dr Michael Wesley

Winner of the John Button 2011 Prize for Best Writing in Public Policy, the book proposes that Asia is changing more rapidly than we realise. The near-simultaneous development of its two billion-plus person societies, and the reaction of other countries to this, is unleashing new patterns of

West must rethink way it deals with Islamabad

In this op-ed in The Australian, the director of the Lowy Institute’s international security program, Rory Medcalf, argues that the discovery and death of Bin Laden on the doorstep on Pakistan’s military academy raises fundamental questions about Islamabad as an ally against terrorism. It is

When the flag follows trade

In this opinion piece from The Times of India, Indian columnist Ashok Malik and Lowy Institute program director Rory Medcalf argue that the Indian Government needs to coordinate its diplomacy with the expansion of its business interests around the globe. A key step will be to merge the external

Separation part of the fix for troubled banks

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that taxpayers should not have to rescue bank operations that have little social value.Australian Financial Review, 2 May 2011, p. 23

The meaning of China

Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Wesley delivered a speech entitled 'The Meaning of China' at the New Zealand Principals Forum in Wellington, New Zealand, on 8th April 2011.The speech is available for download here

Gillard channels her inner Howard

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Director of Studies Andrew Shearer writes that Prime Minister Julia Gillard should count her northeast Asia tour a modest success: there were no big breakthroughs but neither were there significant stumbles.The Australian, 28 April 2011, p. 12

China chary, Gillard on guard ahead of talks with Hu and Wen

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Linda Jakobson, Program Director East Asia, writes that Prime Minister Julia Gillard has received plenty of advice from different sectors of Australian society regarding what she should discuss with China's leaders during her visit to Beijing. The Australian,

The view north from Down Under

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer writes that Prime Minister Gillard's Northeast Asia tour is also an opportunity to consider what Australia and other countries in the region should not do.Wall Street Journal Asia, 25 April 2011, p

Gillard diplomatic skills tested during north Asia visit

In this opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, the director of the Lowy Institute’s international security program, Rory Medcalf, analyses the diplomatic minefields that Prime Minister Julia Gillard will need to navigate on her visit to Japan, South Korea and China. Sydney Morning Herald, 23

Is it time to talk to the Taliban?

Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, answers the question 'Is it time to talk to the Taliban?' in The Sydney Morning Herald's Question Time column on 16 April 2011.Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April 2011, p. 13

US guarantees placed them in this predicament

In this opinion piece for the Canberra Times, Raoul Heinrichs, Editor of the Lowy Institute's Strategic Snapshot series, argues that US primacy, an order built on the preponderant power of the US and designed to entrench US dominance, has instead facilitated the rise of a powerful and dissatisfied

Gravity revenge

The Great Convergence has helped bring the Age of Weightlessness to an end and placed resources back at the centre of economic debate

Behind China secret aid program, debt looms

Fergus Hanson and Mary Fifita write in The Drum on the debt aspect of China's aid program in the Pacific region. They are the authors of a new Lowy Institute Policy Brief, 'China in the Pacific: the new banker in town'. The Drum, 6 April 2011

Libya: the West responsibility to protect

Lowy Institute Non-resident fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan writes in The Drum on the concept of humanitarian intervention in Arab states in the context of the imposition of the no-fly zone over Libya.The Drum, 4 April 2011

The new public diplomacy

Almost overnight, the world has become wired. A huge proportion of the globe’s population now have access to a mobile phone and a rapidly increasing proportion of them are smart phones. As the Arab Spring demonstrated, this makes for rapid and unpredictable change. For public diplomacy

Harnessing the power of social media in international relations

Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson writes for ISN Insights that Twitter may be just another way of sharing inane chatter, but if you have written the service off, think again. Social media has emerged as a powerful new tool in international relations, and it deserves closer attention.ISN

Noise results from five carbon tax positions

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville restates some simple basics of the carbon debate as a reminder of the implications of the various positions taken on the subject.Australian Financial Review, 28 March 2011, p. 23

Rudd takes his eye off Pacific Islands

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Program Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia program, writes that neighbourhood links with Pacific Island governments must be maintained.The Australian, 22 March 2011, p. 8

No-fly zone must have an objective

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Ashley Townshend, Program Associate for International Security, argues that without a clear rationale, intervention in Libya risks repeating past mistakes.The Australian, 19 March 2011, p. 20

Gillard has to pull the pin on Afghanistan, now

In this opinion piece in The Canberra Times, Raoul Heinrichs argues that, with Australia's alliance objectives achieved, with no hope of broader success and with other countries looking for a face-saving way out, it's time for Julia Gillard to begin negotiating the withdrawal of Australian forces

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