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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

Flying the flag, not the coop

In an opinion piece in the Canberra Times, Research Associate Raoul Heinrichs argues that Australia can achieve its alliance management objectives in Afghanistan without risking Australian lives, and that Australian forces should be subject to more restrictive limits on the kinds of tasks they

Writing a new chapter

In this opinion piece in The Times of India, Lowy Institute program director and India expert Rory Medcalf looks at what the sudden rise of Julia Gillard as Prime Minister might mean for Australia-India relations, including the vexed issue of uranium sales.Times of India, 15 July 2010

Gillard crisis in global climate policy

In an article in the Australian Financial Review, Fergus Green, Warwick McKibbin and Greg Picker argue the case for a new price-based framework for reducing emissions in parallel with global climate negotiations.The Australian Financial Review, 7 July 2010, p 67

Diggers need freedom to win freedom

In an opinion piece in the Australian, non-resident fellow Whit Mason urges a change of policy on Australia's engagement in Afghanistan and a stronger commitment.The Australian, 6 July 2010, p 10

Gillard has different global view

Michael Fullilove writes in the Australian Financial Review about the likely implications for Australia's foreign policy from Julia Gillard's rise to Prime Minister.Australian Financial Review, 1 July 2010, p 67

Justifying Afghan role a hard sell

In an opinion piece in The Age newspaper, Anthony Bubalo argues that Australia's defence force commitment in Afghanistan has bipartisan political support, while polling shows that public attitudes are increasingly against a continuing involvement. The government, Bubalo argues, has failed to present

IMF must distinguish insolvent from illiquid

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that sovereign debt presents specific problems, as the Greek experience show. Australian Financial Review, 7 June 2010, p. 23

Tinkering is pointless, we need radical reform

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville explains that there are good reasons for not putting the entire reform burden on capital. Australian Financial Review, 10 May 2010, p. 23

Australia and New Zealand in Asia

In an opinion piece in the Canberra Times, Malcolm Cook summarises the Outlook Paper he wrote for the Asia New Zealand Foundation entitled 'Standing together, in single file: Australian views of New Zealand and Asia'. It argues that Australia and New Zealand are being gradually decoupled when it

It a natural alliance

In this opinion piece in The Times of India, Lowy Institute program director and India expert Rory Medcalf argues that flawed perceptions and flawed policy are holding Australia and India back from a potentially deep strategic partnership. This article, which cites recent Lowy Institute polling, is

Diary: Michael Fullilove

Michael Fullilove opens his diary from his recent visit to Washington for The Spectator. The Spectator (Australia), 8 May 2010, p. v

Australia and India: how to advance

In this new Lowy Institute Perspective, Lowy Institute Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that a mix of flawed policy and flawed perception is holding back a truly strategic partnership between Australia and India.This text is based on a speech delivered by Mr Medcalf at the Advance Global

Asia reconnected

Malcolm Cook and Anthony Bubalo recently published an opinion piece in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun looking at the implications of Horizontal Asia for Japan. The article can be read here. Asahi Shimbun, 11 May 2010

A place at the top table

In this essay, Michael Fullilove makes the case for Australia’s candidacy for the UN Security Council, and refutes the various arguments that have been made against the bid.Griffith Review, Edition 28, April 2010

Ambivalence on the Middle East does not work

In an opinion piece in The Australian, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo argues that Australia’s ambivalence toward the Middle East cannot last in the face of changes currently underway in the region.The Australian, 3 May 2010, p. 16

India ahoy

In this opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal (Asia), International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that India needs to sustain its smart naval diplomacy to manage tensions as China’s role increases in the Indian Ocean.Wall Street Journal, 29 April 2010

The 'New Middle East' and why it matters to Australia

In a new Lowy Institute Perspective, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo explores two major changes that are creating a new Middle East: the end of American hegemony; and the economic and strategic reconnection of the Middle East to Asia. Bubalo explores some of the implications of this shift

India nuclear example

In this opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal (Asia), International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf explains why the India-Pakistan nuclear relationship is not strictly an arms race, and why it was right for President Obama to exclude this issue from the agenda of the recent Nuclear

Interlocking crises strangle Middle East

In this opinion piece in The Australian, Gilles Kepel, Philippe Roman chair in history and international relations at the London School of economics, and professor and chair in Middle East Mediterranean Studies at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, writes that the Middle East has three

An Asian regional caucus for G20

In an article in Tempo Magazine (Jakarta), Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville and Program Director International Economy Mark Thirlwell suggest the formation of an East Asian caucus group of the G-20. Tempo Magazine (Jakarta), 24 March 2010

Rudd is needed at nuclear summit

In this opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf examines President Obama's major revision of US nuclear weapons posture and argues that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should support Obama's efforts by attending a nuclear security summit

Gaps in the law make the nation a dragan lair

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Mark Ierace and Fergus Hanson argue Australia is failing to meet its international obligations relating to war crimes and its capability to prevent suspected war criminals from entering the country has been significantly reduced. The Australian, 6 April

John Lang, our forgotten Indian envoy

In this article in The Spectator (Australia), Lowy Institute Program Director and India expert Rory Medcalf suggests that a voice from the past could help ease today’s media-fed tensions between India and Australia. John Lang, Australia’s first novelist, was a pioneer of the Indian press and

Barack finds a friend

In an article in The Spectator (Australia), Lowy Institute Senior Research Fellow Andrew Shearer writes that the US President and the Australian Prime Minister both meet stiff resistance to their idealistic agendas.The Spectator (Australia), 17 March 2010

Diplomacy in ruins

In an article in The Weekend Australian, Lowy Institute Research Associate Alex Oliver and Senior Research Fellow Andrew Shearer write that Australia's ability to have its voice heard overseas has been dangerously compromised.The Australian, 27 March 2010, Inquirer p. 4

Yuan not the only issue in global imbalances

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that structural adjustment needs constructive debate.Australian Financial Review, 22 March 2010, p. 10

Not all tension in Turkey is West v Islam

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason argues that the Muslim-majority republic is faced with an ideological clash years in the offing.The Australian, 25 March 2010, p. 8

Does Obama care about Asia?

In an article in The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that Obama has a chance to become the first truly Pacific president.The Daily Beast, 19 March 2010

War crimes laws are flawed and problematic

In an opinion piece in The National Times, Research Fellow Fergus Hanson argues that there are serious shortcomings in Australia's war crimes legislative framework and specialist training, and a lack of investigatory muscle within the Australian Federal Police. National Times, 9 March 2010

We should do more for Indonesia

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Research Fellow Fergus Hanson argues that Australia's relationship with Indonesia will continue to stagnate without some major leadership gestures.The Australian, 8 March 2010, p. 9

China reform

Liu Xiaobo, one of the most celebrated public intellectuals in China, was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison for incitement to subversion. Diplomats and human rights activists have joined in condemning the sentence on grounds both of its lack of legal validity and its severity. A groundswell

Japan is crucial to our future

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues against the Rudd Government's antagonising Japan over the issue of whaling. Australian Financial Review, 24 February 2010, p. 63

Resilience the key to fighting terrorism

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute blog, The Interpreter, argues that the government hasn't really embraced 'resilience' in its new counter-terrorism strategy. Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 2010, p. 11

Carry trade can harm recovering economies

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that a bounce back for the flow of international capital may not be good news. Australian Financial Review, 22 February 2010, p. 23

Frustrated US struggles to open dialogue with China

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that after years of playing a strong diplomatic game, China may have overreached a little.Sydney Morning Herald, 22 February 2010, p. 11

Clear the air with India

In this op-ed in The Australian, senior Lowy researchers Fergus Hanson and Rory Medcalf argue that Canberra needs to commission an independent committee of inquiry to set the record straight about the crimes against Indian students in Australia, and to pressure the Victorian government to provide

Crazy days on the campaign trail

Dr Michael Fullilove reviewed the book 'Race of a Lifetime', by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, in The Sydney Morning Herald of 13 February. Sydney Morning Herald, 13 February 2010, Review p. 32

How the roar of China tiger will be heard across the world

The year of the tiger began on 14 February with the Chinese lunar new year's day. In the Inquirer section of The Weekend Australian, Lowy Institute research staff described 10 ways China will shape the planet in the next 12 months.The Australian, 13-14 February 2010, Inquirer p. 2

Lateral thinking needed on foreign aid

In an article in the National Times, Bill Bowtell, Director of the Lowy Institute's HIV/AIDS Project, argues that Senator Barnaby Joyce is doing his job by asking sensible questions about the level and purpose of the almost $4 billion we spend each year on bilateral and multilateral aid. 

Exception to the trend

In an article in The Australian, Mark Thirlwell, Program Director International Economy, discusses Chinese foreign investment in Australia.The Australian, 24 September 2009, p. 3

Will America defend its Asian allies?

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Andrew Shearer, Director of Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, analyses the Pentagon's recently-released 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and comments on some of the implications for America’s allies in Asia. Wall Street

Terror in capital brings fight to elite

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason writes that the latest Taliban attacks have blown up the illusion that Kabul is a safe haven.The Australian, 20 January 2010, p. 8

Mekong under threat

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Milton Osborne writes that the Mekong, Southeast Asia's longest river, has been transformed in the past three decades and now the food security of the Lower Mekong Basin hangs in the balance. The article is available here in English and Chinese. Chinadialogue, 15

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