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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

Leading in the Indian Ocean

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer and Thomas Mahnken argue that Australia and the U.S. need to organise allies to maintain freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean as regional rivalries heat up.The op-ed is available here.Wall Street

China rise must change Gillard script

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that the Prime Minister has a rare opportunity to influence US strategic thinking.Australian Financial Review, 7 March 2011, p. 55

PM faces challenge of deeper alliance

In this op-ed in The Australian, senior Lowy Institute strategic analysts Rory Medcalf and Andrew Shearer argue for an enhanced Australia-US alliance to meet the challenges of the new age of the Indo-Pacific. They note that Julia Gillard’s March 2011 visit to the United States offers an

Mining windfalls belong in a wealth fund

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that the mining tax should be revised to provide for a sovereign wealth fund.Australian Financial Review, 4 March 2011, p. 63

We need to broadcast to the world, not whisper

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Alex Oliver argues that recent cuts to the BBC World Service and Voice of America indicate that the West is in danger of losing its voice to the world if damaging cuts to international broadcasting and public diplomacy

IMF diagnosis simple; prescription, less so

In an Econonic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville examines how the International Monetary Fund could get better at predicting crises.Australian Financial Review, 28 February 2011, p. 23

Sectarianism the subtext in Bahrain protests

In an opinion piece in the ABC's The Drum, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Rodger Shanahan writes that the protests in Bahrain are qualitatively different from those elsewhere in the region.The Drum, 21 February 2011

Relying on a great power for defence is foolhardy

In this op-ed, Research Associate Raoul Heinrichs argues that the fall of Singapore in February 1942 should have served as a valuable lesson for Australia in the dangers of outsourcing its defence to another country. However, the extraordinary nature of Australia's deliverance by the United States

Confidence in our navy is sinking without trace

Lowy Institute Military Associate James Brown writes in an article for The Drum on the crisis in the Australian Navy. He argues that the Defence Department and Minister have not been frank and transparent in announcing the problems in the Navy’s amphibious fleet and that public trust in the

Q & A with Michael Fullilove

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, was interviewed by Benedict Coleridge in the Australian Institute of International Affairs' Quarterly Access journal on the role of international affairs and policy in Australia's national life.Quarterly Access Vol 3 (1), Summer 2011, pp. 11-12

The Defence debate down under, in context

In this piece for the CSIS Asia policy blog Cogitasia, the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that a new independent report calling for Australian strategic clout against China needs to be seen in context, and not as a representation of official Australian

A world divided

The February 2011 issue of Superfunds magazine includes a short essay by Mark Thirlwell on the state of the global economy. The article is available here

Washington must deal with Arab reality

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, writes that if the Mubarak regime falls in Egypt, the US would do well to embrace change, rather than resist it.Australian Financial Review, 1 February 2011, p. 55

Resources policy leaves nation vulnerable

In an Economic Briefing in the Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that other sectors are paying the price of the mining boom.Australian Financial Review, 31 January 2011, p. 21

Breaking down old barriers

In this op-ed in The Times of India, Program Director Rory Medcalf argues the case for Australia to end its ban on uranium exports to India, in order to fulfil a much-needed strategic partnership between the two Indian Ocean democracies. This is an extended version of a piece that first appeared in

Time to sell uranium to India

Rory Medcalf argues that Australia should lift its ban on uranium sales to India, for the sake of economics, climate change and international fairness.The Age, 21 January 2011, p 15

The digital revolution meets diplomacy

Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson wrote a piece for ISN Insights on the major evolution in the conduct of diplomacy as a result of the digital revolution.ISN Insights, 12 January 2011

A case for a national mission on museums

In an opinion piece in The Hindu, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Vinod Daniel writes that it may be time for a planned five-year approach to renew the thousands of museums across India.The Hindu, 15 January 2011

Superpower China won't settle for second place

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that for the sake of peace in Asia, China must be granted a leadership role, but it must accept that it can't have everything its own way.Australian Financial Review, 10 January 2011, p. 47

Wikileaks: Fruit of an unhealthy tree

In an opinion piece in The Drum on 16 December, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes on the impact of the WikiLeaks imbroglio on the international system.The Drum, 16 December 2010

Rudd sticks to the line on Israeli nuclear checks

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Deputy Director Martine Letts argues that Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is not off-message in his comments on Israel and International Atomic Energy Agency inspections.The Australian, 22 December 2010, p. 10

Our post-GFC world economy

In a new Perspectives, Mark Thirlwell, Director of the Lowy Institute's International Economy program, pulls together several speeches he delivered over the course of 2010 to take a look at the state of the world economy, post-GFC

Asian engagement calls for careful policy

In a piece written for the The Australian newspaper, Mark Thirlwell looks at how Australia’s deepening economic integration is creating a series of tests for policymakers ranging from managing the domestic structural changes driven by the resources boom to the challenges posed by the changing

A view from Kandahar

In a new Afghan Voices paper, Zabih Ullah* explores how locals view coalition military operations in Kandahar. The author argues that, from a Kandahari perspective, the coalition’s military operations seem to be failing. While noting that locals do not want coalition forces to leave, the author

A victory for the culture of paranoia

In an article in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley writes that the leaking of American diplomatic cables will only make governments more secretive.Sydney Morning Herald, 4 December 2010, p. 9

Australia deepening diplomatic deficit

In the November 2010 issue of Government Business Foreign Affairs and Trade magazine, Alex Oliver examines the continuing crisis in Australia’s foreign service. Funding cuts by successive governments have weakened the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the point where even its most basic

Ruinous US-China relations the big danger from North Korea

In this opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that the greatest damage from the November 2010 North Korean bombardment could be to US-China relations and thus to peace among the great powers in Asia.The Age, 25 November 2010, p. 21

DFAT the dinosaur needs to find Facebook friends

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson argues e-diplomacy is changing the way foreign ministries conduct their business. It is no longer an optional extra yet DFAT is a long way behind other benchmark foreign ministries.The Australian, 23 November 2010, p

Here we go again?

Although there are good reasons to expect large capital inflows into emerging markets right now, there is still a significant risk that this latest surge will end in tears

Fed QE2 lacks power to break up global ice

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that quantitative easing won't trigger inflation but nor will it do much good.Australian Financial Review, 15 November 2010, p. 23

The Great Convergence

The onset of rapid catch-up growth in the developing world is an historic development, with the potential to reshape the world economy in fundamental ways

Odds on an Obama comeback improve

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, presents a case for the re-election of President Barack Obama.Sydney Morning Herald, 8 November 2010, p. 11

Advance Column: Think tanks look to Asia

In his column on global think tanks in the November 2010 issue of the journal American Review, Lowy Institute Program Director Rory Medcalf looks at the challenges for foreign policy research in China and India as well as the evolving policy debate on Afghanistan. This survey covers recent work by

Afghanistan: OK to be partisan

In an opinion piece for Crikey, James Brown argues that bipartisanship on defence issues has resulted in laziness in Australian military policy. He suggests better defence policy will result from politicians who are more partisan and better informed on defence issues.Crikey, 18 October 2010

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