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Northeast Asia territorial disputes

On 15 August, Hankook llbo, a leading newspaper in South Korea, published an opinion piece by Malcolm Cook analysing the recent territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan over the islets the Koreans call Dokdo. The Korean version of the opinion piece can be downloaded here together with the

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

Big profits, losses out of Africa

Roger Donnelly and Ben Ford, authors of a new Lowy Institute Paper entitled 'Into Africa: how the resource book is making Sub-Saharan Africa more important to Australia', explain the significance of Australian resource companies' investment in Sub-Saharan Arica. A version of this piece was

Into Africa

The international resource boom has spurred a hunt for new mineral and hydrocarbon reserves, and an important new frontier in this search is Sub-Saharan Africa

China struggle for power

In the Griffith-Lowy Institute Project's first publication, Prof. Xu Yi-chong analyses the mounting challenges facing the Chinese power sector and the fate of recent reform efforts. The mixed results of these recent reforms highlight the political and administrative difficulties facing the central

Hawk vs talk: America foreign policy choice

In this op-ed published in the Financial Times on 7 August 2008, Dr Michael Fullilove describes the foreign policy choice facing Americans in the forthcoming presidential election (and how experts usually get this question wrong).Financial Times, 7 August 2008, p. 9

After Doha: the search for Plan B

The Doha round of world trade talks has collapsed. After the negotiations were suspended back in July 2006, Mark Thirlwell wrote that – regardless of the ultimate outcome of the Round – the era of giant, set-piece trade negotiations like Doha and its predecessor, the Uruguay Round, was over. The

The future belongs to Asia

Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer reviewed a new book by Bill Emmott, 'Rivals: How the power struggle between China, India and Japan will shape our next decade' in The Canberra Times on 26 July 2008

Reform a balancing act for Indonesians

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that Indonesia is quietly making progress, but could benefit from friendly advice and encouragement.Australian Financial Review, 28 July 2008, p. 23

Obama takes to world stage

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Dr Michael Fullilove writes that Barack Obama is taking the foreign policy fight directly to rival John McCain.Australian Financial Review, 23 July 2008, p. 63

US free-trade deal with Korea sets a fine template

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Dr Malcolm Cook, Program Director East Asia, argues that it is very much in Australia's interest that the free-trade deal between the United States and South Korea be ratified soon. Australian Financial Review, 18 July 2008, p. 75

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

Hizbullah: walking the Lebanese tightrope

Hizbullah’s month-long war with Israel in 2006, its withdrawal from and effective blocking of the Lebanese government later that year, and its May 2008 armed takeover of West Beirut has shown how politically and militarily powerful this group is. As a consequence it is often held up as the

Rudd steps out into the world with elan

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues at the Lowy Institute and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, writes in an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald on the foreign policy performance of the Rudd government in its first six months.Sydney Morning Herald

Right direction, wrong policy

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin argues that Garnaut's model for an emissions trading system neglects the international picture and has highly uncertain costs. Australian Financial Review, 7 July 2008, p. 63

Does monetary policy still work?

In an opinion piece in Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville suggests that whilst central banks are better equipped than in the '70s, monetary policy is still an imprecise and blunt instrument wielded by fallible humans, and now the environment in which it operates is far trickier

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

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

Green goals with long aim

In an opinion piece in The Canberra Times, Professor Warwick McKibbin argues that Australia is now at a critical point in designing a climate-policy framework that will not only have a large impact on the future shape of the Australian economy but could also drive the global debate on what policies

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

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:http://www.iiss.org/conferences/asias-strategic-challenges-in-search-of-a-common-agenda/conference-papers/why-

Thwarting Taiwan

Fergus Hanson argues China has emerged as a significant donor in the Pacific. Despite problems with the way it manages its aid program it has an interest in the region's stablility and its engagement in the Pacific presents more of an opportunity than a threat. The Australian, 11 June 2008, p.

Smart power: exaggerating America decline

Michael Fullilove argues that reports of America's slide towards mediocrity in defence, the economy, politics and international relations are exaggerated, that America as a superpower continues to fascinate, and that it remains the creative capital of the world.This article also appeared in the St

Japan China policy in the 21st century

As a part of its Public Lecture Series, the Lowy Institute for International Policy was pleased to host an address by Professor Akio Takahara from Tokyo University. The Japan-China relationship is one of the longest, deepest, and most important great power relationships in the world and the last

PM flubs chance to fix Tokyo ties

Hugh White writes that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has missed an opportunity to help Japan change the way it sees China in his visit to Japan this week, focusing rather on ill-considered and unprepared initiatives on an Asian 'union' and nuclear non-proliferation

Rudd Asia agenda

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Andrew Shearer questions Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's diplomacy regarding Japan, and discusses the Federal Government's recent policy announcements concerning Asia. The Wall Street Journal Asia, 10 June 2008 p. 12

Rudd Asian aria sounds familiar

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, international security program director Rory Medcalf suggests that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd combine his vision for Asia-Pacific diplomatic architecture with more immediate steps for practical co-operation with Japan, Indonesia,

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