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Speeches

From global leaders and Lowy experts

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Dr Andrew Charlton presentation

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 13 September, Dr Andrew Charlton talked about a radical new plan to break the deadlock in the Doha Round and create a trading system that does more for global poverty reduction. The plan is the centrepiece of his book, Fair Trade for All, which he co-authored with

Canada and Australia: building on the ties that bind us

The Honourable Gordon J. O’Connor, PC, MP, Canada's Minister of National Defence, spoke at the Lowy Institute on 8 September as part of the Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series.Canada and Australia are two nations which enjoy a shared heritage, common interests and a long history of external

Wednesday Lowy Lunch: Where to now on Iran?

On 30th August at Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Research Fellow Anthony Bubalo explored the likely trajectory of the international community's on-going dispute with Iran over its nuclear program, following Tehran's refusal to accept calls for a suspension of its uranium enrichment activities

Is a "New Middle East" possible?

In a speech on 23 August 2006 co-hosted jointly by the Lowy Institute and the University of Sydney, Lowy Institute Board Member, Ambassador Martin Indyk, addressed the current turmoil in the Middle East and, in particular, what this meant for the United States goal of re-shaping and democratising

H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon address

On Monday 14 August, H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea, addressed the Lowy Institute as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Mr Ban is also a leading candidate to become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. His speech covered

Lecture by the Opposition Leader, the Hon. Kim Beazley, MP

On 10 August 2006 the Opposition Leader, the Hon. Kim Beazley, MP, delivered a major lecture on Australia's international policy. Entitled 'From Iraq to the Inner Arc: An Australian national security policy for the Australian national interest', the lecture laid out Labor's approach to national

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Leigh Sales presentation

The detention centre at Guantanamo Bay is leading the news at the moment. Last month the US Supreme Court handed down what the Wall Street Journal called a withering opinion, striking down the military tribunals before which the Bush Administration had planned to try the Guantanamo detainees.

Asian approaches to peace and security: keynote address

The Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon. Alexander Downer MP, delivered the keynote address to the international conference "Asian Approaches to Peace and Security: the Role of the United Nations" on 2 September 2004 in Sydney.The address is available here

Democracy, dialogue, diplomacy

The Hon. Dr Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, addressed the Lowy Institute for International Policy on 11 August 2005 as part of the Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series.Dr Romulo's address, entitled "Democracy, Dialogue, Diplomacy", is available here

New Voices 2006 Outcomes Report

On Thursday 25 May 2006 the Lowy Institute held its third annual New Voices conference on the subject of Technology and International Relations. The conference outcomes report can be downloaded here

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Dr Simon Haines presentation

In an address to the Lowy Institute on 7 June in the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy series, Dr Simon Haines showed how great works of literature can throw light on contemporary problems.He used the example of Milton’s portrayal of Satan in Paradise Lost to examine an extremist, terrorist pathology of an

Why Denmark?

Professor Hans-Henrik Holm addressed the Thursday Lunch at Lowy on the topic of the Danish cartoon media controversy, which occurred when the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on September 30 2005.Hans-Henrik Holm is Professor of International Relations at

Sorting out the spaghetti

In a lunchtime meeting held at the Lowy Institute on 30 March, Professor David Vines from Oxford University discussed the damage inflicted on the international trading system by the spread of discriminatory trade agreements and outlined some policies designed to ameliorate the problem. A copy of

Democratisation dilemmas in the Middle East

Islamist election victories in Iraq, Egypt and the Palestinian territories have intensified the controversy over whether Washington's democratisation push in the Middle East is transforming the region for the better or simply empowering America's enemies. On 15th March 2006 at Wednesday Lunch at

Australia’s new security environment

Allan Gyngell, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, argues in a speech delivered to the Royal Australian Navy Seapower Conference 2006 on 1 February that Australia’s new security environment has been shaped by two important developments – the rise of China, part of a slow rebalancing of

Australia new terms of trade

Australia’s terms of trade have changed significantly in recent years. This is true in a technical sense, in that there has been a dramatic run-up in the ratio of export to import prices. But it is also true in a broader sense, in that the terms on which we engage with the rest of the world

Avian influenza

On 7 November the Lowy Institute for International Policy and CARE Australia co-hosted a conference on the International Implications of Avian Influenza. Drawing on the expertise of Australians at senior levels in the government, business, academic, humanitarian and media sectors, the conference

The new world

The Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Allan Gyngell, gave a speech in Melbourne on 6 October 2005 to the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He argues that globalisation is one of the principal drivers of change in the world, that is here to stay, that it is developing an

Korean and Australian views of China

On 4-5 August, the Lowy Institute and the Australia-Korea Foundation jointly hosted a conference looking at the impact of China's economic rise on Australia-Korea relations. South Korea and Australia have been at the forefront of China's impact on the world economy and understandably relations with

Australia response to HIV-AIDS 1982-2005

This paper was presented by Bill Bowtell, a senior research associate at the Lowy Institute, at the 'Commemorative Symposium on the Fifth Anniversary of the Okinawa Summit: East Asian Regional Response to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria' held in Tokyo on June 30, 2005. A revised version of the

China and the international economy

Mark Thirlwell took part in a panel discussion on 18 March marking the launch of the CEDA research report, China in Australia's Future. Mark also contributed the overview chapter, a copy of which is available from the CEDA web site (www.ceda.com.au) along with information about the full report. A

Lowy Institute Conference: Overcoming Constraints in Papua New Guinea

Discussion about Papua New Guinea is too often dominated by fatalistic negativism or impractical calls for far-reaching reform. The Lowy Institute Conference "Overcoming Constraints in Papua New Guinea" took a different approach. We looked at how individuals, groups, corporations and governments are

China and Australia

In this Viewpoint for TIME Magazine, Allan Gyngell, the Executive Director of the Institute, explores the implications for Australia of China's growing power. He concludes that our success in dealing with China will depend critically on US strategy towards its emerging Asian competitor and China's

The boom of 1989 - and now

Professor Ross Garnaut delivered the Third Sir Leslie Melville Lecture at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, on 3 December 2004

Building a global economy: the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO

In a presentation on 1 March at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Mark Thirlwell looked at the role of the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO in the international economy. His presentation reviewed the development of the three institutions from the perspective of a changing

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