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Alone in battle against volatility

In an opinion piece for the Australian Financial Review, Dr Malcolm Cook looks at the huge international policy challenges facing Australia in Melanesia. Australia has committed itself, with bi-partisan support, to providing regional stability and taking the lead in strengthening the region's states

China and Taiwan in the South Pacific

On Thursday 18 January, Graeme Dobell gave a presentation at the Lowy Institute to launch his Lowy Institute Policy Brief, entitled China and Taiwan in the South Pacific: diplomatic chess versus Pacific political rugby

Ban debut is a chance for Asia to step into the spotlight

In this comment piece in The Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove explores the significance of Ban Ki-moon's election to the office of UN Secretary-General at precisely the moment that Asia emerges into the geopolitical sun.Financial Times, 19 December 2006, p. 11

Don't think it over

In this opinion piece in The Australian, Owen Harries argues that notwithstanding the debacle unfolding in Iraq, the Bush doctrine of preventive war, regime change and aggressive unilateralism is not necessarily dead. The Australian, 19 December 2006, p. 10

Trouble looms, whichever path Bush takes

In this opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White discusses the costs and risks of staying in Iraq and of leaving Iraq. Sydney Morning Herald, 19 December 2006, p. 11. A version of this opinion piece was also published in The Age, 19 December

Pointers on how to make the already dull duller

In this op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Michael Fullilove takes aim at a parliamentary report calling for the introduction of PowerPoint into the House of Representatives chamber. Michael is the editor of a recent collection of Australian speeches, 'Men and Women of Australia!' Our Greatest

A fine delivery

In this article for The Sunday Age, Michael Fullilove recounts some of the great Australian cricketing speeches.The Age, 10 December 2006

Howard decade

Paul Kelly evaluates John Howard's foreign policy, dealing with his attitudes towards the US, Asia, the use of military power and his strategic approach to Australia's role in the world. The Paper can be downloaded here. 

Beyond the Defence of Australia

In Lowy Institute Paper 16, entitled 'Beyond the defence of Australia: finding a new balance in Australian strategic policy', Visiting Fellow Professor Hugh White examines the long-term strategic trends facing Australia, and how we can reconcile their conflicting demands.  

John Bolton resignation

The resignation of John Bolton as US Permanent Representative to the United Nations is likely to confirm the trend toward moderation in the Bush Administration's foreign policy which has been visible for the past three years. It may also enable the United States to conduct its business more

The new - and old - threats beyond defence of Australia

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues in this opinion piece that Australia needs a light army and a heavy-hitting navy and air force. His Lowy Institute Paper, entitled Beyond the Defence of Australia, is being released this week. Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Decemebr 2006, p. 15. A

End of simplicity

In the wake of Iraq, Australia needs to develop a more nuanced foreign policy, suggests Owen Harries.This op-ed is adapted from his recent Perspective, After Iraq. The Australian, 1 December 2006, p. 12

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Owen Harries presentation

On 29 November 2006 at a special Wednesday Lunch at Lowy at 31 Bligh Street, the noted commentator Owen Harries spoke on the topic 'After Iraq'. In the last three and a half years, 'Iraq' has come to stand for many things beyond a geographical location and a state: a political and moral commitment;

Summit should put economics back into oil

In this opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Anthony Bubalo and Mark Thirlwell, drawing on their latest Policy Brief, argue that this weekend's G-20 meeting is an opportunity to reduce political conflict over resources.Sydney Morning Herald, 16 November 2006, p. 13

New rules for a new 'Great Game'

In this 2006 paper, Anthony Bubalo and Mark Thirlwell look at how energy insecurity, driven by high demand and uncertainty over supply, is fuelling both an intensification of Asian dependence on Middle Eastern oil and a quest for equity oil

Peter Hartcher special briefing

On Friday 10 November the Lowy Institute hosted a special briefing on the results of the mid-term congressional elections, in which the Democratic Party regained control of both houses of Congress. The featured speaker was award-winning journalist, author and Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Peter

A welcome further step

Australia and Indonesia have negotiated a new Framework for Security Cooperation agreement. In this opinion piece for The Australian, the Institute’s executive director, Allan Gyngell, examines what it means for the relationship between two very different neighbours.The Australian, 10 November

Ties to the US are worth cherishing

The American Left won an important victory in the congressional mid-term elections. In this op-ed in The Australian on 9 November, Dr Michael Fullilove examines the Australian Left's approach to the US and to our alliance with that country.The Australian, 9 November 2006, p. 14

Paradise revised

Allan Gyngell, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, reflects in the current edition of the Griffith Review – The Trouble with Paradise – on changing Australian attitudes towards the United States. A version of the article also appeared in the Melbourne Age on 4 November 2006. The full

Macroeconomic policy challenges for New Zealand: monetary policy

New Zealand is a small open economy in a globalised world. The close linkages with international financial markets present challenges for domestic stabilisation policy, which are explored in this paper in the Lowy Institute Perspectives series. There may be lessons, too, for Australia as financial

When the right words matter

In this article in the Saturday Age on 11 November, Dr Michael Fullilove reviews the history of great Australian remembrance speeches. Dr Fullilove is editor of 'Men and Women of Australia!' Our Greatest Modern Speeches (Vintage

Reform first requires recognition of a wrong

In this opinion piece, Stephen Grenville reflects on the saga of the International Monetary Fund and Indonesia and says the IMF misdiagnosed the problem from the start. Australian Financial Review, 16 October 2006, p. 26

After Doha: II. Is globalisation history?

Reflecting on the repeated failure of the Doha Round of international trade negotiations, this paper takes a look back at the stresses and strains that afflicted an earlier globalisation episode to look for lessons about the current difficulties facing economic liberalisation

A new diplomacy over Papua

On 7 October in the Weekend Australian, Paul Kelly wrote an extensive feature article on the latest Lowy Institute Paper, Pitfalls of Papua. Calling it one of the most muscular reports published by the Institute, Paul Kelly warns that the battle of ideas over Indonesia in Australia is heavily

We're still very wary of Indonesia

In this op-ed, appearing in The Australian on 3 October, Malcolm Cook and Ivan Cook write that while Australians now feel comfortable with Asia, we are still wary about our closest big neighbour, Indonesia. Results from the Lowy Institute Poll 2006 reveal that Indonesians and Australians are

Australia and Indonesia compared

In this Lowy Institute Perspective, Murray Goot, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, compares Australian and Indonesian public opinion on foreign policy, global affairs, and each other, using the results of the Lowy Institute Poll 2006

The Lowy Institute Poll 2006: Australia, Indonesia and the world

The 2006 Lowy Institute Poll involved parallel public opinion surveys in Australia and Indonesia. The report contains responses from both countries to questions on foreign and security policy, global affairs, and each other. The 2006 poll was conducted in partnership with the Chicago Council on

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