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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

Marching across agency borders

The Chief of Army Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute, Nick Floyd, writes in The Public Sector Informant about interactions within Australia's defence and national security community and implications for the upcoming National Security Statement. The Public Sector Informant, 1 September 2009,

Can Australia meet its security challenges?

In an article in The Diplomat, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Floyd discusses his recent Lowy Institute Analysis, "How Defence can contribute to Australia's national security strategy". The Analysis considers what needs to be done to improve the whole-of-government approach to national security against the

China presents tough challenge

In an opinion article published in the Canberra Times, Raoul Heinrichs, coordinator of the Lowy Institute's MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Project, argues that the recent downturn in Sino-Australian relations is largely symbolic, a result of Beijing's heavy-handed diplomacy and Canberra's

The China Paradox

In an opinion article published in the Wall Street Journal Europe and Asia editions, Andrew Shearer examines recent developments in the Australia-China relationship and the potential for friction caused by incidents such as the failed Chinalco bid for Rio Tinto and the Stern Hu affair.Wall Street

Excess bank reserves won't inflate system

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that the world's central banks can print money and still control inflation. Australian Financial Review, 17 August 2009, p. 20

How much Chinese?

In an opinion piece in The Fiji Times Online, Research Fellow Fergus Hanson outlines China's aid program to the Pacific Islands region.Fiji Times Online, 3 August 2009

Rudd and Obama friendship bolsters the alliance

In an article for the online publication, The Punch, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes on the alliance between Australia and the United States under a Labor prime minister and a Democratic president.The Punch, 11 August 2009

A failure to deal with Fiji blots regional forum copybook

In an opinion piece in The Age, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Program Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, argues that Australia has a unique responsibility as Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum over the next year to guide the Pacific region through the challenges of the

The West can win in Afghanistan

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, and Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argue that now is not the time to abandon Afghanistan.Australian Financial Review, 28 July 2009, p. 63

The big clumsy panda in the Pacific

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson argues that China would do well to reconsider its approach to its aid-giving in the Pacific region.Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July 2009, p. 13

Only unpopular reform will make system safer

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that politicians and taxpayers must get the recalcitrant financial sector into line. Australian Financial Review, 20 July 2009, p. 20

3 questions à...Michael Fullilove

In Issue 10 of Les Carnets du Cap, a publication of the Centre for Analysis and Prediction (CAP) of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Dr Michael Fullilove answers three questions about Australia’s foreign policy.Les Carnets du Cap, Issue 10, Winter-2008-Spring2009, pp 129-134

The pop president

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that President Obama would do well to borrow from Machiavelli's observation that to be loved is good, to be feared is better.Sydney Morning Herald, 20-21 June 2009, News Review p. 5

No need to fear rates this time

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that markets expect interest rates to rise next year but that doesn't mean inflation is about to take off. Australian Financial Review, 15 June 2009, p. 20

The US and Iran: dare to dance

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, argues that the outcome of Iran's presidential election could challenge the Obama Administration's hitherto cautious engagement of Iran, even if the outcome of the election does not have a substantive

Troubled waters in need of oil

In an article in leading Indian current affairs magazine Tehelka, Rory Medcalf, coordinator of the Australia-India Roundtable, proposes some ways to deal with the crisis over the safety of Indian students in Australia. The Australian Federal and State governments have responsibilities, as do

Canada war crimes trial

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Research Fellow Fergus Hanson argues that there is a growing awareness among states that ending impunity for war crimes requires an integrated approach where national courts support and supplement international war crimes trials, and that to be a part of that

Hard to fight the nukes of hazard

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, argues that nuclear weapons give North Korea exactly what it wants - security for the regime and the country. Nothing the US can offer will do that job better than nuclear weapons.&

Challenges afloat in white paper

In an article in a Special Report on Defence in the Weekend Australian, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White examines the plans for investment in expansion in Australia's surface navy. The Weekend Australian, 23-24 May 2008, p. Special Report - Defence, p. 5

Repeating history

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Dr Malcolm Cook, Program Director East Asia, and Andrew Shearer, Director of Studies, look at how domestic economic change in Japan and shared regional concerns can strengthen ties between Australia and Japan and build on what is Australia's

How Obama divides - and conquers

In an online article on The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that in his foreign policy so far, President Barack Obama has succeeded in confusing his enemies.The Daily Beast, 16 May 2009http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-05-16/how-obama-

Relief for Canberra aid headache

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson examines the possible benefits to Australia and the Pacific of the Taiwan government's new white paper on aid.Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 2009, p. 11

Australia bulks up

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Senior Research Fellow Andrew Shearer comments on the Rudd government's recent Defence White Paper and the Obama administration's cuts to the US defence budget. While welcoming plans for a bigger and more capable ADF he expresses

Our China question: friend or foe?

In this opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf considers how Australia's imminent Defence White Paper might be received in Beijing. He notes that Australia is broadly right to strengthen its defences for an uncertain future, but suggests some

The deadbeat of international aid

Director of the Lowy Institute's HIV/AIDS project, Bill Bowtell, argues that Australia and other western nations spend too little on overseas development assistance, with serious consequences for disease control in developing nations and the risk of global pandemics.The Sydney Morning Herald, 28

Don't blame China for the economic downturn

Lowy Institute visiting fellow Stephen Grenville argues that the international financial system should link nations seeking investment with those which have accumulated savings, to provide a buffer against future global financial crises. Australian Financial Review, 27 April 2009, p. 20

Winds of change demand hard debate

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review on 28 April 2009, Lowy Institute visiting fellow Hugh White discusses China's economic rise and its implications for Australian defence policy.Australian Financial Review, 28 April 2009, p. 63

The long rise of China in Australian defence strategy

Media reports and Hugh White's recent Lowy Institute Paper have ignited debate about the extent to which China's rapid military modernisation should shape the government's long-awaited Defence White Paper.In this Perspective, former Secretary of Defence Ric Smith charts the place of China in

China help may harm Fiji

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Fergus Hanson and Jenny Hayward-Jones argue that Beijing (along with other countries) should consider redirecting its aid to Fiji through international financial institutions. The Australian, 23 April 2009, p. 12

More Pollyanna than power

Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, reviews 'Great powers: America and the world after Bush', by Thomas P. Barnett, in the Sydney Morning Herald's Spectrum section. Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2009, Spectrum p. 31First published in the Washington Post, 8 March 2009

Fiji crisis requires urgent response

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, argues for a prompt response by the Australian government to the crisis in Fiji. Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2009, p. 11 

Need for decisive action on Fiji

In an opinion piece in the Canberra Times, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, argues for Australia to act quickly in its response to Fiji's economic crisis. Canberra Times, 17 April 2009, p. 13

Bracing for the Asian century

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that Australia's defence needs must be assessed in the light of the shifting global balance of power and particularly China's ascendancy.This is a summary of a Lowy Institute Paper, A Focused Force: Australia's

The responsibility to protect

In the March 2009 edition of the Australian Book Review, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Allan Gyngell, reviews The Responsibility to Protect: End Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All, a new book by Gareth Evans. The book is an account of the emergence of a new international norm –

If things are that bad, nationalise the banks

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that the US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is sucking on a lemon with his toxic assets plan. Australian Financial Review, 30 March 2009, p. 20

Unaccustomed as we are …

In the lead-up to Australia Day, Dr Michael Fullilove recalls some insightful speeches given on the subject of Australian history and culture. Dr Fullilove is program director for global issues at the Lowy Institute and the editor of 'Men and Women of Australia!' Our Greatest Modern Speeches (2005

The grouse of representatives

Lowy Institute Research Associate Alex Duchen writes in The Canberra Times on the expectations placed on Australia's consular services by Australian travellers overseas.Canberra Times, 26 March 2009, p. 21

Rudd erodes diplomacy

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Executive Director Allan Gyngell argues for more investment in the instruments of Australia's international policy. The Australian, 18 March 2009, p. 14

Animal spirits tamed in forlorn US

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville asks why the brakes are on in the US economy while zero interest rates should be putting a rocket under demand. Australian Financial Review, 2 March 2009, p. 55

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