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Journal Articles

Horizontal Asia

Anthony Bubalo and Malcolm Cook from the Lowy Institute have published an article titled 'Horizontal Asia' in the May/June 2010 issue of The American Interest. The article argues that the rise of China and India and these two giants' growing ties with the Middle East are undercutting our

Behind the mountains

In an article in May/June edition of The American Interest, Konrad Muller explores the anxieties toward China that still linger in Kazakhstan, Central Asia's most significant state economically and politically, and a country in which China has very serious interests: diversifying oil supplies,

The challenge of innovation in the Australian Army

In this article in Security Challenges, James Brown argues that in an environment of fiscal austerity and strategic uncertainty, the defining challenge for the Australian Army after Afghanistan will be to foster innovation. He argues that despite having excellent soldiers and officers, the market

Right arguments, wrong ocean?

In this book review roundtable for the journal Asia Policy, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf appraises the core arguments of Red Star over the Pacific, by Toshi Yoshihara and Jonathan R. Holmes. Mr Medcalf focuses on the book’s treatment of China’s Indian Ocean ambitions. 

Asia maritime confidence crisis

In this article for The Diplomat, Raoul Heinrichs and Rory Medcalf explore the causes, risks and consequences of maritime encounters in Indo-Pacific Asia. Based on their recent report, Crisis and Confidence, the piece concludes with a number of recommendations aimed at enhancing stability at sea

China and the United Nations: the stakeholder spectrum

In recent decades China has become a far more active and effective player in, and contributor to, the United Nations. However, according to Dr Michael Fullilove, the limits of this enhanced engagement are becoming clear. Dr Fullilove emphasises that while the West might advocate that China become a

Diplomacy, transparency and public opinion

In this article in leading Spanish-language international affairs journal Politica Exterior, Lowy Institute program director Rory Medcalf examines the consequences of the publication of thousands of classified diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks.The original article in Spanish can be accessed at: http://

Irresistible rise of the Indo-Pacific

In an article in The Australian's Australian Literary Review, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley writes on how the growth of China and India makes engagement with Asia our No. 1 diplomatic priority.Australian Literary Review, 4 May 2011, pp. 6-7

New Caledonia unrealized legacy

In an article in The Diplomat, Chief of Army Visiting Fellow Nicholas Floyd writes that New Caledonia's role in the South Pacific has been largely ignored. But both strategically and economically it could be a key player.The article can be read here.A French version of the paper has also been

Rudd Asian field of dreams: build it and they will come?

Andrew Shearer and Malcolm Cook published an article in the Southeast Asia Bulletin of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on Kevin Rudd's idea of an Asia-Pacific Community.The publication is available at: http://csis.org/files/publication/0809_southeastasia_bulletin.pdf

Coral Sea neighbours - then and now

In this latest article on Pacific strategic issues, Army Visiting Fellow Nick Floyd argues that on the eve of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and New Caledonia, it is timely to consider the continuing strategic relevance of this near neighbour to Australia.The article

A new mind-set for exchange rates

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville has published an article entitled 'A new mind-set for exchange rates' in the first issue for 2010 of Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform (Volume 17 - Issue 1).The article is available at: http://epress.anu.edu.au/agenda/017/pdf/mindset.pdf

The stellar status symbol

In the latest issue of China Security, Research Associate Fiona Cunningham argues that Chinese behaviour needs to be viewed in light of its ambition to become a great power. ‘The Stellar Status Symbol: True Motives for China’s Manned Space Program’ examines China’s first manned space mission

Why Obama should speak in Indonesia

In an article in The Diplomat magazine, Dr Michael Fullilove identifies the ideal location for a defining presidential address. The article is adapted from an op-ed published in the New York Times.The Diplomat, May/June 2009, p. 19

Australia strategic analysis capabilities

In this article in the journal Security Challenges, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf examines Australia's strategic analysis capabilities, both within and beyond the formal intelligence community. He presents a case for open-source strategic assessments to be presented in the

Send the envoy: Obama diplomatic posse

An article by Dr Michael Fullilove on President Barack Obama's use of special envoys was published by Foreign Affairs magazine on 17 March 2009: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/64895/michael-fullilove/send-the-envoy      

Less than meets the eye?

Fergus Hanson and Andrew Shearer published an article in The Diplomat magazine on the extent of China's 'soft power'.The Diplomat, Vol. 7 (3) Sep/Oct 2008 pp 38-39

Back to the future

Since 1991 there has been a proliferation of new theories regarding insurgency and counterinsurgency. In this article, entitled 'Back to the future: the enduring characteristics of insurgency and counterinsurgency', Mark O’Neill offers the view that many of these have little utility in

Il neonazionalismo della diaspora

Dr Michael Fullilove published an article about the Chinese diaspora, entitled 'Il neonazionalismo della diaspora', in the Italian language publication Aspenia. Aspenia is published by the Aspen Institute Italia. Aspenia, Number 41, 2008, pp. 125-129

Australian defence policy

In this comment in the Kokoda Foundation journal Security Challenges, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf puts the case against Australia’s seeking military capabilities sufficient to single-handedly deter or cripple a major power

Anglo-Saxon attitudes

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Owen Harries has published a review of a new book, 'God and Gold: Britain, America, and the making of the modern world', by Walter Russell Mead, in Foreign Affairs magazine. Foreign Affairs, January/February 2008

Foreign policy after George W. Bush

In the November/December 2007 issue of The American Interest, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Owen Harris has written a response to Barry Posen's article 'Foreign policy after George W. Bush: the case for restraint'.The entire Posen article, with comments and responses can be read at: http://www

Beyond the Paramount Area

In this paper for a pre-election edition of the Kokoda Foundation journal Security Challenges, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf outlines some of the possible difficult decisions ahead for Australian security policy in regions beyond the neighbourhood. 

Time to move on in the defence policy debate

The paradigm of strategic geography gained prominence in Australian defence policy in the 1987 Defence White Paper 'The Defence of Australia'. Time and evolving strategic circumstance has made this paradigm increasingly irrelevant to Australia's defence. Recent Government defence policy, operational

The schizophrenic superpower

Dr Alan Dupont has published an article entitled The Schizophrenic Superpower in the journal The National Interest. When Robert Kagan famously wrote that, in their approach to power and security, Americans are from Mars and Europeans from Venus, what might he have said about Japan? In most

Noodle soup

In an article in the current edition of The Diplomat, Mark Thirlwell reviews some of the causes and possible consequences of the spread of preferential trade deals to East Asia. The Diplomat, Vol. 5 no. 1, April/May 2006, pp. 37-38

Taiwan identity challenge

Dr Malcolm Cook recently published an article entitled 'Taiwan's identity crisis' in John Hopkins University's SAIS Review. The article analyses the tensions between Taiwan's uniquely dependent geo-strategic position and its nation-building quest. Taiwan society is differentiating itself from

A new confidence

Allan Gyngell, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, examines the changing dynamics of Australian foreign policy in an article in the March edition of the United States journal, Current History. He looks at how globalisation is changing the ways in which Australia interacts with its powerful

The role of special envoys in U.S. foreign policy

In an article for the prestigious international magazine Foreign Affairs, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute, argues that in its second term, the Bush Administration should engage more in the business of diplomacy and, in particular, reinstate the old

Taiwanese nationalism is on the march

Malcolm Cook and Craig Meer argue that political change in Taiwan is undermining the cross-strait status quo, meaning that all interested parties have to seriously ponder afresh new ways of avoiding a disastrous conflict.  This article was published in The Diplomat, June-July 2004, p. 14

The perfect wave

Mark Thirlwell, Program Director, International Economy at the Lowy Institute, writes on the outlook for the global economy in 2004. The Diplomat, Vol. 2 No. 5, Dec-Jan 2004, pp. 25-26