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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

2020 vision: that sinking feeling

In an article in The Australian, ten Lowy Institute research staff describe ten aspects of our world that may vanish by 2020.The Australian, 16 January 2010, p. 2

Threat to cricketers may heal relations

In an opinion piece in The Age, Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, coordinator of the Australia-India Roundtable, suggests that the threats by India’s Shiv Sena extremists to ban Australian cricketers will alienate mainstream Indians. He argues that the crisis over the welfare

Not unpopular in China

In an article in Pragati - The Indian National Interest Review, Andrew Shearer and Fergus Hanson write on the tensions between India and China.Pragati, January 2010, p. 19-20

Media raising a scare will do more harm than good

In this opinion piece in India’s Mail Today newspaper, Lowy Institute coordinator of the Australia-India Roundtable Rory Medcalf argues that sensationalist media reporting putting a racial angle on the crimes against Indian students in Australia is not in the interests of bilateral relations or of

An 'EU-style' Asian Community? A few naïve perceptions

In a lecture co-sponsored by the Lowy Institute and the University of Sydney, delivered at the University of Sydney on 2 December 2009, David Camroux, Senior Researcher at Sciences Po, the Centre for International Studies and Research, Paris, examines the possibility of an EU model for an Asian

Targets set for Rudd self-implosion

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Fergus Green and Greg Picker, authors of the Lowy Institute Analysis, 'Comprehending Copenhagen: a guide to the international climate change negotiations', argue that the government has created an expectation that it will abide by the accord's

U.S. disarmament is dangerous for Asia

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Franklin Miller and Andrew Shearer argue that the US nuclear deterrent remains the cornerstone of stability in Asia and caution regional governments against embracing some of the key recommendations of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-

Winning the war on the home front

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, and Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argue that Barack Obama’s Afghanistan approach is strategically and politically realistic.The Australian, 11 December 2009, p. 8

Talks should at least be a big step on the way

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, and Fergus Green, one of the authors of the Lowy Institute guide to the Copenhagen climate change conference, 'Comprehending Copenhagen', examine signs of US-China cooperation in the lead-up to the UN climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.

Why securitisation should secure a revival

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that securitisation can be revived, but it should be done with a great deal of care. Australian Financial Review, 7 December 2009, p. 21

History of fear in a country of dust

In a major review essay in The Australian Literary Review, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason reviews three books on the conflict in Afghanistan.Australian Literary Review, 3 June 2009, p. 10

West must grasp the nettle

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Whit Mason argues that the key to the success of the campaign in Afghanistan lies in changing leaders' calculations.The Australian, 22 September 2009, p. 8

India: Leaving the village behind

In this major review essay for The Australian Literary Review, Lowy Institute Program Director Rory Medcalf examines how some important new books on India can help Australians to understand this rising mega-democracy.The Australian Literary Review, 2 December 2009, ppp. 12-13

Tomorrow China offers scope for hope as well as cause for concern

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Fergus Hanson and Andrew Shearer discuss the results of a Lowy Institute opinion survey conducted in China and what this might mean for the future of Australia-China relations and China’s role in the region. The Australian, 2 December 2009, p. 14

Immoral, illegal and plain wrong to write off our emissions

In an opinion piece in The Age, Fergus Green and Greg Picker, authors of a new Lowy Institute Analysis, 'Comprehending Copenhagen: A Guide to the International Climate Change Negotiations', argue that Australia's contribution to climate change is not negligible by any means. The Age, 30

Fixing the banks

In an article in the Review section of The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville examines the proposition of greater regulation of the financial sector. Australian Financial Review, 27 November 2009, pp S1, S6

Consensus an illusory objective

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Greg Picker and Fergus Green, authors of a new Lowy Institute Analysis 'Comprehending Copenhagen', review the prospects of a climate change deal at the Copenhagen negotiations in December. The Australian, 25 November 2009, p. 11

Time to pay the full price in Afghanistan

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Whit Mason, a non-resident fellow of the West Asia program at the Lowy Institute, argues for offering sufficient rewards to attract and retain police, soldiers and civil servants in Afghanistan.The Australian, 20 November 2009, p. 8

Palin and the beauty queen are spookily similar

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, points out the similarities between former Alaska governor and Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Californian beauty queen Carrie Prejean.Financial Times, 19 November 2009, p. 11

Tightening an obvious tie

In this opinion piece in the Indian Express newspaper, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues why India would benefit from recognising the value of prioritising a strategic partnership with Australia, in the week that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visits India.Indian

Political pollution reduction scheme

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Fergus Green and Greg Picker argue that the climate change debate is mired in posturing by politicians. The authors will publish a Lowy Institute Analysis on the Copenhagen conference on 25 November 2009. Australian Financial Review, 11

Toward a new order

Malcolm Cook writes in the Jakarta Globe about the new global prominence of Indonesia, Brazil, India and South Africa and what this means for their relations with their neighbours.Jakarta Globe, 10 November 2009: http://thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/the-thinker-toward-a-new-order/340583

Risk of failure helps keep banks honest

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that banks have added gaming-like functions to their essential core services. Australian Financial Review, 9 November 2009, p. 20

Legal haven for war criminals

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Fergus Hanson and Mark Ierace argue for Australia to play its part in the prosecution of war criminals. Sydney Morning Herald, 7 November 2009, p. 11

Lessons from Brazil capital inflow tax

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that the Brazilian approach to exchange rate pressures is a variant on an old theme. Australian Financisal Review, 4 November 2009, p. 63

One reason you shouldn't go to Afghanistan with a beard

In an opinion piece on ForeignPolicy.com, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo and Susanne Schmeidl of the Afghan NGO The Liaison Office, argue that the United States and its allies will have to exercise more care in their use of Special Operation Forces if they are to win the hearts and minds

Twenty-first century ANZACS

In this article in the Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter, Nick Floyd, Chief of Army Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute, and Peter Greener, Senior Fellow at the New Zealand Defence Force Command & Staff College, review the recent announcements by the New Zealand and Australian Governments on a

Idealism killing Karzai

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, argues that the West should cut the Afghan President some slack.The Australian, 23 October 2009, p. 12

Wary of China, neglectful of Japan and warming to the US

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Michael Wesley and Fergus Hanson examine how Australians view the world, drawing on five years of Lowy Institute polling. They find Australians to be outward-looking and engaged in international affairs. The vast majority feel safe and Australians are

America image rebounds

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and Fergus Hanson, Research Fellow and author of the 2009 Lowy Institute Poll on public opinion and foreign policy, sift the global poll numbers on attitudes towards the United States, and report the Bush era is officially over.The Daily Beast, 13

Deep thinking needed to safeguard the system

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville warns that there are no US reforms in the pipeline that will prevent another financial crisis. Australian Financial Review, 12 October 2009, p. 20

Don't write off Europe yet

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, argues that Europe should not be underestimated as a global power. Sydney Morning Herald, 10 October 2009, p. 11

After the perfect storm: Indian students in Australia

In this Lowy Institute Perspective, Janaki Bahadur draws upon her experience as an Indian-born journalist living in Australia to look below the surface of this year’s controversy about the welfare of Indian students in Australia. She identifies the commercial and nationalistic drivers of the

Effective 'future Anzac force' needs careful consideration

Nick Floyd, Lowy Institute Chief of Army Visiting Fellow, and Peter Greener, Senior Fellow at the New Zealand Defence Force Command & Staff College, consider in the Canberra Times the merits of a future ANZAC force to meet shared national security challenges, and how both Governments must

A future Anzac force would have many advantages

In this article in the National Times, Nick Floyd and Peter Greener, Senior Fellow at the Command & Staff College, New Zealand Defence Force, consider the relative merits of a standing trans-Tasman force, ready to meet shared national security challenges. National Times, 25 September 2009

Motive missing from the thaw

Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute blog, The Interpreter, reviews a new book by James Mann, 'The rebellion of Ronald Reagan: a history of the end of the Cold War', in The Canberra Times. Canberra Times, 26 September 2009, p. 19

China: an unfamiliar terrain

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley argues for some hard thinking on prioritising our interests in building a durable relationship with China.Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 2009, p. 9

Australia security challenges: lessons for others?

Chief of Army Visiting Fellow Nicholas Floyd published an article in Issue 94/2009 of RSIS Commentaries, a publication of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore, on how lessons from Australian Defence Force experiences can be adapted and exported to other security stakeholders

He the right man at the right time

In an opinion piece in The Age, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that Kim Beazley's appointment as our next ambassador to the United States will cement the relationship with a powerful ally.The Age, 18 September 2009, p. 15

G20 needs to drive the adjustment process

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that a new, more ambitious Plaza Accord should be on table at the forthcoming Group of 20 leaders' meeting in Pittsburgh. Australian Financial Review, 14 Septemebr 2009, p. 20

Global warming and war both require sacrifice

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, considers the similarities between two topics, climate change and the war in Afghanistan. Sydney Morning Herald, 8 September 2009, p. 13

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