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The Interpreter is a major new initiative for the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Since its founding in 2003, the Lowy Institute has quickly built a reputation as a leading think tank in the Asia-Pacific and an influential global voice. This blog adds another dimension to our work: it aims

Election debate

On 31 October, the Lowy Institute hosted an election debate between the Trade Minister, the Hon. Warren Truss, and the Shadow Trade Minister, the Hon. Simon Crean. Both speakers reaffirmed their belief that the WTO Doha Round could still deliver a global deal and presented their parties' different

When the going gets tough, rules start going

In this opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville argues that there are some urgent lessons to be learned from the sub-prime problems. Australian Financial Review, 29 October 2007, p. 23

Making more of the US alliance

Dr Michael Fullilove published an op-ed in The Australian Financial Review on 29 October on the topic of John Howard's claim that a re-elected Coalition Government would be well placed to persuade the Bush Administration of the need for binding carbon emissions targets. Dr Fullilove argued that the

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Dr Milton Osborne presentation

On 31 October 2007 at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Milton Osborne examined China's growing influence in Southeast Asia by looking at the water politics of the Salween and Mekong River systems that link China to continental Southeast Asia. Drawing on a Lowy Institute Perspective written earlier

Bush not the only problem

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Owen Harries suggests that whether the United States can change its wayward course in time is shaping up as the key question of our age. The Australian, 19 October 2007, p. 14

The safety net dragging us down

In this opinion piece, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that the Government needs to cap community expectations of the kinds of help it can provide to Australians overseas, and send clearer messages about the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own wellbeing while

Australia strategic dilemmas

No matter who wins the 24 November Federal election, the next Australian government will face dilemmas in international policy, especially in defence and security. In this article published in the UK Royal United Services Institute's Newsbrief, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf

Looking after Australians overseas

As the number of Australians travelling and living overseas continues to increase, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has been forced to devote a growing proportion of its resources to providing consular services to Australian travellers

Australia and Indonesia

The changing Australian security relationship with its largest neighbour, Indonesia, is the subject of a chapter the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Allan Gyngell, has contributed to a new book. 'Australia as an Asia Pacific Regional Power; Friendship in Flux' was edited by Dr Brendan

Iraq and Afghanistan

The Lowy Institute Voters' Guide to International Policy addresses the sort of questions we should be putting to our political leaders

Global environmental policy

The Lowy Institute Voters' Guide to International Policy addresses the sort of questions we should be putting to our political leaders.Section 9 of the Guide, 'Global Environmental Policy', by Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin, is available here

The Australia-US alliance

The Lowy Institute Voters' Guide to International Policy addresses the sort of questions we should be putting to our political leaders.Section 7 of the Guide, 'The Australia-US Alliance', by Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, is available here

The international economy

The Lowy Institute Voters' Guide to International Policy addresses the sort of questions we should be putting to our political leaders.Section 3 of the Guide, 'The International Economy', by Mark Thirlwell, Program Director International Economy, is available here

East Asia and China; The Pacific Islands

The Lowy Institute Voters' Guide to International Policy addresses the sort of questions we should be putting to our political leaders.Section 8 of the Guide, 'East Asia and China', and Section 10, 'The Pacific Islands' by Malcolm Cook, Program Director Asia & the Pacific, are available here

Defence and security

The Lowy Institute Voters' Guide to International Policy addresses the sort of questions we should be putting to our political leaders.Section 4 of the Guide, 'Defence and Security', by Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, is available here

All talk and very little effectual global action

It's time for the IMF to admit its mistakes and trim back its mission creep, writes Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville in an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review. Australian Financial Review, 15 October 2007, p. 27

Voters' guide to international policy

The Australian general election was held on 24th November. International policy issues didn't dominate the campaign but the next Australian government has to make important decisions about matters ranging from the global environment, through the future of the world trading system to the way we

Despots, democrats and discontents

The Lowy Institute, in cooperation with the Sydney Democracy Forum, explored the state of West Asian democracy in a panel discussion held on Tuesday 2 October, 2007 at the Institute. The session compared and contrasted two different ends of the democratic spectrum in the region. It assessed the

Lack of liquidity is not the sub-prime problem

In this opinion piece, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that there is more at stake in the so-called liquidity crisis than its popular description might lead us to believe. Australian Financial Review, 2 October 2007, p. 25

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: Liquid terror - Waleed Aly presentation

On 19 September at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Waleed Aly, in a presentation entitled 'Liquid terror: the dynamics of home-grown radicalisation', examined the contentious issue of radicalisation in Western Muslim communities.Waleed Aly was a board member of the Islamic Council of Victoria for over

More second thoughts

Earlier this year in Lowy Institute Paper 18, 'Second thoughts on globalisation', Mark Thirlwell looked at how the globalisation-powered rise of China and India was disconcerting some in the developed world, and prompting a re-evaluation of the costs and benefits of globalisation. This Lowy

Defensive positions

In this article in The Bulletin magazine, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf assesses that a militarised Asia could prove a boon or a bane in an age of climate refugees.The Bulletin, 9 October 2007, p. 27

G-20 the right tool to balance world books

In this article in the Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville writes that the sub-prime crisis in the United States could lead to a risky realignment of the global economy.Australian Financial Review, 10 September 2007, p. 25

Weapons of mass destruction: maintaining the rage

The inaugural John Gee Memorial Lecture, 'Weapons of mass destruction: maintaining the rage', was delivered by Gareth Evans, President, International Crisis Group, at the Australian National University, Canberra, on 16 August 2007, in conjunction with the Lowy Institute for International Policy. A

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Dr Bates Gill presentation

On 5 September 2007 at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Bates Gill spoke on the topic of 'Asian regional architecture: the debate in Washington.' How is Washington looking at the future institutional architecture in Asia and how involved does the United States wish to be? In the US debate this

Beyond the Paramount Area

In this paper for a pre-election edition of the Kokoda Foundation journal Security Challenges, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf outlines some of the possible difficult decisions ahead for Australian security policy in regions beyond the neighbourhood. 

Drafting a better future

In this opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Executive Director Allan Gyngell writes on the achievements of APEC in the past eighteen years since its first meeting. The Age, 1 September 2007, p. 6

What lies ahead? The Iraq war and international politics

Policymakers are understandably focused on the situation in Iraq, debating whether to withdraw troops or 'stay the course'. Yet even as the conflict continues to rage, it is important to start thinking about the war's broader impact on international politics. With this in mind the Lowy Institute

The Lowy Institute Poll 2007

The third Lowy Institute Poll surveys a nationally representative sample of Australians on their attitudes towards the US alliance, the government’s consular responsibilities, migrant worker schemes, and the nuclear threat posed by Iran. It also includes the results of parallel surveys carried out

Prime Minister outlines his agenda

In a speech to the Lowy Institute on 27 August, the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard MP, outlined his objectives for the Sydney meeting of APEC, the most significant international gathering ever held in Australia. Mr Howard spoke about APEC activities in the fields of trade, regional

Stopping a nuclear arms race between America and China

China and America may be at the start of a destabilising nuclear arms race, as China tries to preserve its ability to deter US nuclear attack in the light of US missile defences and nuclear system upgrades. That would undermine hopes that the US and China can build a stable cooperative relationship

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