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Japan value mustn't be lost in translation

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Andrew Shearer argues that the Government's mishandling of relations with Tokyo and fixation on China not only harm our most important bilateral partnership in the region but also feed Japan's increasing strategic anxiety. He calls on the Prime Minister to use

Japan value mustn't be lost in translation

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Andrew Shearer argues that the Government's mishandling of relations with Tokyo and fixation on China not only harm our most important bilateral partnership in the region but also feed Japan's increasing strategic anxiety. He calls on the Prime Minister to use

The dragon looks south

China refuses to release figures on the size of its aid program. In this new Lowy Institute Analysis, Fergus Hanson takes a region-wide look at the scale of China’s aid program, revealing a dramatic increase in aid pledges since 2005

Indonesia glass is more than half full

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that Kevin Rudd's coming trip to Jakarta highlights our opportunity to ride the reformist wave there. Australian Financial Review, 2 June 2008, p. 23

Think tanks and foreign policy

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Executive Director Allan Gyngell writes, in a paper in the Institute's Perspectives series, on the role of think tanks in shaping Australian foreign policy and in strengthening Australia's voice

Dr Peter Piot presentation

On 23 May 2008, at the Tokyo Symposium on International Health Security and Communicable Diseases, the Executive Director of UNAIDS gave a comprehensive and compelling outline of the current situation regarding the HIV pandemic and associated issues. Dr Piot has kindly agreed to allow the Lowy

Chinese diaspora carries a torch for old country

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and Lowy Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, argues that there is good evidence of a spike in diasporic feeling among overseas Chinese.The piece was republished in The Straits

Lowy Institute Internship in International Security

Applications are open for the 2008 Michael and Deborah Thawley Scholarship in International Security at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. This is an exceptional opportunity for an MA or PhD student at an Australian

Past errors can't be rubbed out

In an article in the Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that too many proposals to deal with the sub-prime liquidity crisis are based on improving the wrong kind of liquidity. Australian Financial Review, 12 May 2008, p. 23

Don't ignore the big new player in Fiji

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Research Associate Fergus Hanson argues that there has been some unsettling engagement by China in Fiji since the coup in 2006.Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May 2008, p. 13

India disarmament drive an idea worth pursuing

India's tenth anniversary commemoration of its nuclear weapons tests was curiously low-key. In this opinion piece in The Australian, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that India's rekindled rhetoric about nuclear disarmament offers diplomatic openings for Australia and

Democrats need quick end to infighting

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues at the Lowy Institute and the Lowy Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that the bitter nomination contest must be resolved soon to allow time for a strong tilt

Big ideals but there no budget to match

In this opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf appraises the Rudd Government's foreign and security policy ambitions, five months on. He notes the government's success in moving towards a world view that reconciles alliance commitments

Talk might be cheap, but a great speech is divine

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, argues that the 2008 US presidential campaign is proving to be a test-case of the power of speechmaking.Sydney Morning Herald,

China Olympic challenge

With the troubled Olympic Torch coming to Canberra next week, the Beijing Olympics and what it means for China will be centre stage in Australia

Crisis reveals need for new regulatory mindset

In this opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville spells out the reforms needed in financial sector regulation. Australian Financial Review, 14 April 2008, p. 25

Australia, monster slayer

A recent proposal for an Australian conventional flexible deterrent option, intended to cripple any major power that might threaten the country, would commit massive resources to a highly unlikely contingency, writes international security program director Rory Medcalf in this opinion piece in the

Hesitating on the brink of partnership

In this piece for the East-West Center, Washington, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that Australia and India are hesitating at the brink of real partnership in their strategic relations. It will take sustained political will on both sides over the next few years to bring

Not a fight to hedge on

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo and Rory Medcalf argue that while Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has made Australia's role in Afghanistan conditional, that country is far too important to abandon.The Australian, 4 April 2008, p. 12

Regional diplomacy has new impetus

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Allan Gyngell and Michael Wesley argue that Australia has a unique opportunity to become a pivotal Asia-Pacific player. Australian Financial Review, 3 April 2008, p. 79

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Dr Jeffrey Eisenach presentation

On 2 April at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Jeffrey Eisenach, a leading regulatory economist and a global expert on content filtering technology, discussed the prospects for global regulation of the digital economy.Jeffrey A. Eisenach is Chairman of the Criterion Economics consulting firm in

The next bold stroke

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo argues that a reputation for decisive action may prove a curse in these turbulent times.Sydney Morning Herald, 28 March 2008, pp. 33

Climate change policy built on shaky foundation

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin argues that the Garnaut review may lead to a politically flawed outcome. Australian Financial Review, 28 March 2008, p. 83

Thinking security

On Thursday 19 March 2008 the Hon. Kim Beazley delivered the second annual Coral Bell Lecture in Canberra. The purpose of this annual lecture is to recognise those individuals who, in their professional careers, have been able to bridge the worlds of academe and international policymaking. The

Working policy

Martine Letts, the Lowy Institute's Deputy Director, was interviewed about the Institute's goals, the challenges of her role and leadership by Management Today magazine for its March 2008 cover story

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Dr Rodger Shanahan presentation

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 19 March, Chief of Army Visiting Fellow Colonel Rodger Shanahan discussed the current status of Lebanese Hizbullah and how political forces may shape its future in a presentation entitled 'Hizbullah's post-war dilemma: walking the Lebanese political tightrope

Distinguished Speaker Series - Mr Kenneth Roth presentation

As part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, the Lowy Institute for International Policy was pleased to host an address by Mr Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. The title of Mr Roth's address was 'Despots masquerading as democrats: and why we let them

Nixonian spirit is essential for US-China relations

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that John McCain is the candidate most likely to emulate his Republican predecessor and be a true statesman in our region.The Australian, 27 February 2008, p. 14

Food and the spectre of Malthus

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, International Economy Program Director Mark Thirlwell writes on global food shortages and rising food prices. Financial Times, 27 February 2008, p. 11

Quadrilateral dialogue

The quadrilateral dialogue among the US, Japan, Australia and India was never as substantial as its champions or its detractors claimed it to be, argues international security program director Rory Medcalf in this article in the February-March edition of The Diplomat. China saw menace in a phantom

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