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From global leaders and Lowy experts

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: A Focused Force - Hugh White presentation

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 15 April, Visiting Fellow Hugh White spoke at the launch of his new Lowy Institute Paper, 'A Focused Force: Australia's defence priorities in the Asian century', in which he argues for Australia to abandon the 'Balanced Force' concept and refocus its defence efforts

What the G-20 wants back

Lowy Institute Director of Studies, Andrew Shearer and Program Director International Economy, Mark Thirlwell contributed to an online forum of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and The Managing Global Insecurity project out of The Brookings Institution on the topic, 'What the G-20 wants back

Australia and Indonesia: Partners in a New Era

Last month, the Australian government, in cooperation with the Lowy Institute, held a major conference in Sydney on the future of Australia-Indonesia relations. The conference drew to Australia one of the largest and most senior delegations ever from Indonesia. Discussion and debate over the two

Paul Keating speech

On 5 March 2009, the Lowy Institute hosted a roundtable discussion in the run-up to the G-20 meeting of world leaders to be held in London on 2 April this year. The roundtable was supported by the British High Commission in Canberra and was part of the British Government's efforts to reach out to

International security in 2008: The year in review

In this lecture to the NSW Royal United Services Institute, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf identifies some major events and trends of 2008 - from the Russia-Georgia war to Somali piracy and the global financial crisis – in the light of their long-term implications for global

Economic crisis and political conflict

On Thursday 26 February, Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman delivered the Lowy Institute's third annual Canberra Lecture. The Canberra Lecture recognises those individuals who, in their professional careers, have been able to bridge the worlds of academe and international policymaking. The 2008

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Mark Thirlwell presentation

If 2008 was the year of the financial crisis, 2009 is set to be the year of the real economy fallout. According to the latest IMF projections, world economic growth is set to fall to its lowest rate since the Second World War. World trade is contracting. Capital flows to emerging markets are

Barack Obama inaugural address: a view from Washington, DC

The inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States on 20 January was observed intently by billions of people around the world. One of the unusual aspects of Obama's candidacy for president was that he is such a gifted writer and speaker, a fact which has already led to comparisons

Is Australia foreign investment regime in the national interest?

In a paper written for an IPA conference on Australia's Investment Future, the Institute's Andrew Shearer and Mark Thirlwell take a look at the politics and economics of Australia’s foreign investment regime. They examine the extent to which the regime is adequate to safeguard the national

A proposed Australian strategy for Latin America to 2020

In a speech to the 2008 Annual Australia Latin America Business Council dinner, Deputy Director Martine Letts argues for a comprehensive whole of government Australian strategy to engage with Latin America to diversify and strengthen relations with an increasingly successful and influential region

The Alexander Downer legacy

In a major series for the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, veteran ABC journalist Graeme Dobell explores the legacy of Australia's longest-serving foreign minister, Alexander Downer. The three introductory posts to Graeme Dobell's series can be read here: Introduction, part one: http://www.

New Voices 2008

On Thursday 31 July 2008, the Lowy Institute held its fifth annual New Voices conference for young professionals, which this year discussed the new areas of responsibility that are arising as a result of globalisation. The outcomes report can be downloaded here

Common wealth: economics for a crowded planet

On 14 July, the Lowy Institute hosted a dinner for the globally renowned economist and author Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs. Professor Sachs discussed the current global energy, climate, and food crises and the world's sustainable development challenges as outlined in his new book 'Common Wealth:

Foreign investment in Australia and China

A surge in Chinese investment into Australia's resource sector has been making headlines in recent weeks. On 4 July, in conjunction with the Australia China Business Council and Monash University, the Lowy Institute participated in a forum on The Changing Global Financial Environment: Implications

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Professor Margaret MacMillan presentation

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 9 July, Professor Margaret MacMillan, Professor of International History at the University of Oxford and the Warden of St Antony’s College, discussed how history casts a shadow over the present in more ways than we realise, in a presentation entitled 'Dangerous

Why war in Asia remains thinkable

At a recent IISS conference in Japan, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White set out the case for why war between states remains thinkable in Asia.His paper can be downloaded from here: