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Ten years after the Asian Crisis

In a new Lowy Institute Analysis, Dr Stephen Grenville looks back at the decade-old Asian financial crisis in search of insights on current vulnerabilities. 

Alliance would get a fresh coat of paint under Rudd

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director, Gobal Issues, examines how the US alliance would look under a Labor government.This op-ed is an extract from Dr Fullilove's John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Visiting Scholar's Public Lecture for 2007.

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Jim Ingram presentation

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 8 August, Jim Ingram, head of the World Food Programme for ten years, argued in a presentation entitled 'Reforming the UN: an iconoclastic view from the inside' that the focus of UN reform should shift to the economic and social activity of the wider UN system where

Distinguished Speaker Series - Mr John Lipsky presentation

On 31 July 2007, as part of the Lowy Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series, John Lipsky, First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, spoke on financial market globalisation. The explosive growth in international capital flows has helped to underpin the current historic

Deadly failure of nerve

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Bill Bowtell, Director of the Lowy Institute's HIV/AIDS Project, argues that medical advances in treating HIV are helping many but only better prevention policies can save millions more from infection.This is an edited extract from 'Applying the paradox of

Give the Poodle a chance at peace

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove argued that Tony Blair's mission to the Middle East as the Quartet's special envoy should not be judged prematurely.This opinion piece was previously published in the Financial Times on 13 July 2007

Design faults: the Asia Pacific’s regional architecture

In a new Policy Brief, Lowy Institute Executive Director Allan Gyngell argues that the Asia Pacific region has too many regional organisations, yet they are still unable to do all the things required of them. This matters at a time when the rising power of China and India presents new challenges

Blair Mideast mission is more than just vanity

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove argued that Tony Blair's appointment as the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East was not as soft-headed as most pundits have decided.This opinion piece was later republished in the Sydney Morning Herald on 18 July 2007. Financial

The future of China-Australia relations

On 17-18 May, the Lowy Institute co-hosted a conference on the future of China-Australia relations with the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs and the Tianda Institute. The conference focused on the growing national and regional importance of this bilateral relationship based on economic

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Dr Stephen Grenville presentation

On 11 July at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Stephen Grenville addressed the questions: As international capital flows back into the Asian region's economies, is the region now seeing old vulnerabilities re-emerge? And has the IMF learned the right lessons from history?His presentation was

Defence update hidden depths

In an opinion piece for the Australian Financial Review, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf looks at the 2007 Defence Update. He describes it as a welcome effort to explain Australia's growing military power, but notes that it also carries messages and omissions which could raise

Enhancing transparency in the multilateral trading system

On 4 July, the Lowy Institute, in cooperation with the Tasman Transparency Group, hosted a conference on Enhancing Transparency in the Multilateral Trading System. Drawing on experience in Australia and elsewhere, the conference examined the role of greater domestic transparency in enhancing the

Future challenges in foreign policy

The Lowy Institute was pleased to present a lecture by the Federal Labor Leader, Kevin Rudd MP, on Thursday 5 July 2007, as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series.The title of Mr Rudd's lecture was 'Fresh ideas for future challenges in foreign policy', downloadable here. In this important lecture

Iraq and its consequences

On Friday 29 June, the Lowy Institute for International Policy explored the longer term implications of the Iraq war in a conference entitle 'What lies ahead? The Iraq war and international politics'. The conference featured two leading American commentators, William Kristol, editor of the Weekly

RBA Grenville says Asia poor await recovery

In this opinion piece for the The Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville writes how crisis countries of 1997 are growing more slowly, investing less and running surpluses. The Australian Financial Review, 25 June 2006, p. 63

New Voices 2007

On Friday, 25 May, the Lowy Institute held its fourth annual New Voices conference for young professionals, which this year discussed international leadership in its many forms. The outcomes report can be downloaded here

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Rory Medcalf presentation

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 20 June, Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, assessed the likely impacts of a powerful India on Australia's future strategic environment. He drew upon his experience as a diplomat in New Delhi to consider the sources of India's new confidence as

Gaza policy just leads full circle

In an opinion piece for The Australian Financial Review, West Asia Program Director, Anthony Bubalo, explores the implications of Hamas' military takeover of Gaza.The Australian Financial Review, 19 June 2007, p. 63

Asians must spend more on basic infrastructure

In this opinion piece for The Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville discusses how ASEAN nations are still hurting in the aftermath of 1997's economic crisis. The Australian Financial Review, 18 June 2007, p. 23

Tigers who develop too fast for comfort

In this opinion piece for The Australian, Mark Thirlwell describes how the economic success of China and India is prompting some second thoughts about the future of globalisation. The Australian, 14 June 2007

Sensible climate policy

The release of the report by the Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading has received a lot of attention. The broad philosophy of that report is based on the McKibbin-Wilcoxen Blueprint, an approach developed by the Lowy Insitute's Professorial Fellow, Warwick McKibbin and Professor Peter

China tipping scales of global imbalance

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Stephen Grenville argues that China's trade, currency and interest rate regimes are not sustainable.Australian Financial Review, 4 June 2007, p. 21

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Professor James Piscatori presentation

On 30 May at the Wednesday Lowy Lunch, at 31 Bligh Street, Professor James Piscatori discussed Iraq and the future of political Islam.Professor Piscatori is a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Arab and

Address by Steven Lowy

On Friday 25 May, the Lowy Institute held its fourth annual New Voices conference for young professionals, which this year discussed international leadership in its many forms. The conference was opened by Steven Lowy with an address about the history and purpose behind the formation of the

Anzac, our Achilles heel?

In this opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that the nation's defence strategy should be about future threats, not past glories.  The Age, 24 May 2007, p. 15

Mass destruction, mass distribution

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Owen Harries reviewed 'The atomiz bazaar', a book about the current and prospective states of the nuclear arms industry by William Langewiesche, in the Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal, 22 May 2007, P. D7

Chinese love triangle

In an article in the online magazine Slate, Dr Michael Fullilove describes the development of trilateral configurations in the strategic composition of the Asia Pacific region.Slate, 22 May 2007, http://www.slate.com

Deciding the 'property rights' of emissions

In this opinion piece, Stephen Grenville writes that the Business Council has been quick to outline its policy on carbon emissions, but we need to consider the equity implications of greenhouse emissions trading. Australian Financial Review, 21 May 2007, p. 23

Time is ripe for investment in Africa

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Mark O'Neill writes in this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review that Australia's renewed focus on Zimbabwe should reignite wider interest in Africa. Australian Financial Review, 16 May 2007, p. 63

Australia and New Zealand in a globalising world

In a presentation delivered to the 2007 Australia-New Zealand Leadership Forum, Alan Gyngell, David Skilling and Mark Thirlwell look at some of the challenges posed to both economies by globalisation. In particular, they argue that although globalisation has changed the geography of the world

Another nuclear arms race is in the offing

In this opinion piece, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that there are ways Australia can help reduce the risk of a nuclear arms race between the United States and China. Sydney Morning Herald, 10 May 2007, p. 11The Age, 10 May 2007, p. 15

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