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Sino-American relations: the state of play

For the first time in 20 years, the relationship with China played almost no part in the American Presidential election of 2008. President Obama has forged a low-key, pragmatic relationship with Beijing, but has not seen much success in building a workable "G2" that so many have called for. China

Gillard has different global view

Michael Fullilove writes in the Australian Financial Review about the likely implications for Australia's foreign policy from Julia Gillard's rise to Prime Minister.Australian Financial Review, 1 July 2010, p 67

Justifying Afghan role a hard sell

In an opinion piece in The Age newspaper, Anthony Bubalo argues that Australia's defence force commitment in Afghanistan has bipartisan political support, while polling shows that public attitudes are increasingly against a continuing involvement. The government, Bubalo argues, has failed to present

The economics of infrastructure in a globalized world

This paper by Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin and Timo Henckel summarises a conference held in Sydney on 18-19 March 2010, which was sponsored by the Asian Development Bank, Australian National University, the Brookings Institution, the Lowy Institute for International Policy and

IMF must distinguish insolvent from illiquid

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that sovereign debt presents specific problems, as the Greek experience show. Australian Financial Review, 7 June 2010, p. 23

Lowy Institute Poll launch

The 2010 Lowy Institute Poll, 'Australia and the world: public opinion and foreign policy', was launched on 31 May by Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley, followed by an interactive discussion with panelists Stephen Loosley, Miranda Devine and Arthur Sinodinos

Australia and New Zealand in Asia

In a new report for the Asia New Zealand Foundation, the Lowy Institute’s Malcolm Cook evaluates how regional and Australian foreign policy dynamics are weakening trans-Tasman bonds when it comes to engaging Asia. For decades, the two countries shared goal of engaging Asia has brought them closer

Power and choice: Asian security futures

This paper sets the foundation for the Lowy Institute’s MacArthur Asia Security Project. It outlines four regional security futures, the strategic dynamics and political choices that could give rise to each of them, and their implications for the region’s security architecture. It then examines

The 2010 Lowy Institute Poll

New questions in the sixth annual Lowy Poll of Australian public opinion cover the Rudd Government’s handling of foreign policy, whether Australia should develop nuclear weapons, attitudes towards Indonesia and US power, sanctions against Fiji, and the morality of Australia’s foreign policy.

Tinkering is pointless, we need radical reform

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville explains that there are good reasons for not putting the entire reform burden on capital. Australian Financial Review, 10 May 2010, p. 23

Australia and New Zealand in Asia

In an opinion piece in the Canberra Times, Malcolm Cook summarises the Outlook Paper he wrote for the Asia New Zealand Foundation entitled 'Standing together, in single file: Australian views of New Zealand and Asia'. It argues that Australia and New Zealand are being gradually decoupled when it

Building bridges through music

On Monday 17 May at the Lowy Institute, an audience heard five important voices in Australian cultural life examine the role of music in promoting understanding between nations and communities. Joining Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Sydney Symphony, Mr Vladimir Ashkenazy (pictured), in

It a natural alliance

In this opinion piece in The Times of India, Lowy Institute program director and India expert Rory Medcalf argues that flawed perceptions and flawed policy are holding Australia and India back from a potentially deep strategic partnership. This article, which cites recent Lowy Institute polling, is

Diary: Michael Fullilove

Michael Fullilove opens his diary from his recent visit to Washington for The Spectator. The Spectator (Australia), 8 May 2010, p. v

Australia and India: how to advance

In this new Lowy Institute Perspective, Lowy Institute Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that a mix of flawed policy and flawed perception is holding back a truly strategic partnership between Australia and India.This text is based on a speech delivered by Mr Medcalf at the Advance Global

Food for Thought: Horizontal Asia - Anthony Bubalo presentation

For much of the twentieth century the West's conception of Asia largely focused on Northeast and Southeast Asia. For decades, this largely maritime and 'vertical' view of Asia accurately reflected the distribution of the region's economic and strategic power. But as the world enters the second

Asia reconnected

Malcolm Cook and Anthony Bubalo recently published an opinion piece in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun looking at the implications of Horizontal Asia for Japan. The article can be read here. Asahi Shimbun, 11 May 2010

A place at the top table

In this essay, Michael Fullilove makes the case for Australia’s candidacy for the UN Security Council, and refutes the various arguments that have been made against the bid.Griffith Review, Edition 28, April 2010

Ambivalence on the Middle East does not work

In an opinion piece in The Australian, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo argues that Australia’s ambivalence toward the Middle East cannot last in the face of changes currently underway in the region.The Australian, 3 May 2010, p. 16

India ahoy

In this opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal (Asia), International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that India needs to sustain its smart naval diplomacy to manage tensions as China’s role increases in the Indian Ocean.Wall Street Journal, 29 April 2010

The 'New Middle East' and why it matters to Australia

In a new Lowy Institute Perspective, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo explores two major changes that are creating a new Middle East: the end of American hegemony; and the economic and strategic reconnection of the Middle East to Asia. Bubalo explores some of the implications of this shift

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Dr Aaron Bernstein presentation

Halting biodiversity loss requires rethinking how humans do business with the biosphere. Innovation is needed in accounting of the goods and services nature provides humanity. Dr Aaron Bernstein discussed these issues at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 21 April. Dr Bernstein is on faculty at Harvard

The evolving post-crisis world

In a new paper written as background for the current Asian Development Bank Economic Outlook, Dr Stephen Grenville notes that Asia has come through the Global Financial Crisis well, with Chinese and Indian growth hardly slowing, and quick recoveries in those countries which were adversely affected.&

Lowy Institute Upcoming Public Events

The Lowy Institute was established to inform and deepen the debate about international policy in Australia. We connect you with interesting speakers and new ideas through our events program, details of which can be found at

India nuclear example

In this opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal (Asia), International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf explains why the India-Pakistan nuclear relationship is not strictly an arms race, and why it was right for President Obama to exclude this issue from the agenda of the recent Nuclear

Interlocking crises strangle Middle East

In this opinion piece in The Australian, Gilles Kepel, Philippe Roman chair in history and international relations at the London School of economics, and professor and chair in Middle East Mediterranean Studies at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, writes that the Middle East has three

An Asian regional caucus for G20

In an article in Tempo Magazine (Jakarta), Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville and Program Director International Economy Mark Thirlwell suggest the formation of an East Asian caucus group of the G-20. Tempo Magazine (Jakarta), 24 March 2010