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Australians speak 2005: public opinion and foreign policy

The 2005 Lowy Institute Poll was, at the time, the most comprehensive single survey ever taken of Australian public opinion on foreign policy. The report, Australians Speak 2005: Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, contains insights on issues ranging from Australian defence policy to relations with

Lowy Institute Poll Data Book 2005

Data book 2005 contains the raw data collected by the Lowy Institute Poll. It supports the report of the first edition of the Poll, entitled Australians Speak 2005: Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, which is also available for download

Torn between the panda and Uncle Sam

Hugh White, Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute, writes that China's growing economic and strategic influence is challenging Australia's alliance with the United States.The Age, 23 March 2005, p. 15

Asia faces capital conundrum

Stephen Grenville, Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute, writes that there are serious global imbalances apart from the US current account deficit.Australian Financial Review, 21 March 2005, p. 25

There hope in Bush hawkish nomination

While the news that Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Defence Secretary and architect of the Iraq War, has been nominated to head the World Bank has disappointed some and angered others, Mark Thirlwell wonders if the outspoken neo-con could turn out to be a surprisingly appropriate Bank president. The

Defence needs discipline

A new white paper is urgently required, writes Hugh White, visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute. After five eventful years for the Australian Defence Force, the 2000 Defence white paper no longer provides a solid foundation for defence planning. Sydney Morning Herald, 7 March 2005, p. 11. 

A new confidence

Allan Gyngell, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, examines the changing dynamics of Australian foreign policy in an article in the March edition of the United States journal, Current History. He looks at how globalisation is changing the ways in which Australia interacts with its powerful

A new, new world order?

With rising levels of cross-border economic integration, the emergence of new Asian economic powers and growing strains on the international economic architecture the claim is sometimes made that we are witnessing the emergence of a new international economic order. In this paper in the Lowy

Regional tensions awaken

Dr Alan Dupont, Senior Fellow at the Lowy Institute, argues that Australia must not overlook relations between China and Japan. Dr Dupont is the author of a recent Lowy Institute Paper entitled Unsheathing the Samurai Sword: Japan's Changing Security Policy.Australian Financial Review, 3 March

Building a global economy: the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO

In a presentation on 1 March at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Mark Thirlwell looked at the role of the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO in the international economy. His presentation reviewed the development of the three institutions from the perspective of a changing

Royal families

In this week of Royal visits to Australia, it seems appropriate to revisit a proposal the Lowy Institute's program director for the international economy, Mark Thirlwell, put forward last year, for Australia to move with best economic practice by outsourcing its monarchy. This piece first

Indonesia in a changing global environment

Indonesia faces a number of important challenges both in the short run and in the longer run. The world economy is currently growing robustly but a number of uncertainties cloud the economic outlook. A strong global economy is being challenged by higher oil prices. 

American foreign policy

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute, argues that President Bush should call upon more special diplomatic envoys in his second term. Sydney Morning Herald, 28 February 2005, p. 9. 

The role of special envoys in U.S. foreign policy

In an article for the prestigious international magazine Foreign Affairs, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute, argues that in its second term, the Bush Administration should engage more in the business of diplomacy and, in particular, reinstate the old

Sensible climate policy

In Sensible climate policy Professor Warwick McKibbin criticises the Kyoto Protocol that had just entered into force in February 2005. He predicts that the policy would not succeed in reducing emissions and argued that it was a mistake to continue to follow the ‘targets and timetables’ approach

Japan flexes its vocal chords

Dr Alan Dupont writes on Japan's changing security policy and some opposing views about its strategic intentions. Dr Dupont is the author of a recent Lowy Institute Paper entitled Unsheathing the Samurai Sword: Japan's Changing Security Policy. Straits Times Interactive, 29 November 2004 

India: the next economic giant. A think tank perspective.

Mark Thirlwell gave a presentation on 3 February at the South Asian Studies School during Asia Pacific Week at the Australian National University. His speech looked at the emergence of India as a new economic power from the perspective of a policy think tank. A copy of his presentation is

Filling the gap in the front line

It will be a big job finding a successor to General Peter Cosgrove as the head of Australia's defence force, writes Hugh White. Sydney Morning Herald, 24 January 2005 p. 11 

Reaching out to Indonesia

Dr Malcolm Cook, Program Director, the Asia Pacific Region, comments on how the Prime Minister's personal leadership of Australia's unprecedented response to Indonesia's tsunami disaster places Australia's relations with Indonesia and Southeast Asia on firmer groundHerald-Sun, 11 January 2005, p. 17

Bargain to end quotas must be kept

Mark Thirlwell argues that backsliding by the United States and the EU on an agreement to end quotas in the international textile and clothing trade would undermine the credibility of the multilateral trading system. Australian Financial Review, 22 December 2004, p. 55

India energy needs

India's exploding demand for energy is confronting New Delhi with two important dilemmas. India's internal dilemma is that to satisfy its energy needs, it must balance reform and expansion of its energy sector with the need to avoid alienating key domestic constituencies. 

Moment of truth as UN chief confronts his fiercest rival

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director, Global Issues, argues that the strength of Kofi Annan's position as Secretary-General is critical to the success of the reform agenda recommended by the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. Sydney Morning Herald, 16 December 2004, p. 19

Poll result offers the chance for calm

Dr Malcolm Cook, Program Director, the Asia Pacific Region, comments on how Taiwan's weekend elections slowed Taiwan's momentum towards formal independence and could lead to a new cross-strait detente. The Australian 14 December 2004, p. 13

Energy insecurity: China, India and Middle East oil

Anthony Bubalo and Mark Thirlwell examine China and India's growing thirst for imported oil, particularly from the Middle East, and consider some of the possible longer term strategic implications associated with this trend. 

A new India in a new global economy?

Mark Thirlwell gave a presentation at the 5th India Update Seminar at the University of Canberra on 24 November. His presentation looked at the emergence of India as a major new player in the international environment, and the implications for the global economy. A copy of his speech is available

The Asian side of the coin

Stephen Grenville looks at the inevitable adjustment of the US current account deficit from the Asian point of view. Australian Financial Review, 22 November 2004, p. 23

Let help Japan play Asian role

Tokyo's muscular outlook won't mark a return to a militaristic past, writes Dr Alan Dupont. Dr Dupont is the author of a new Lowy Institute Paper entitled: Unsheathing the Samurai Sword: Japan's Changing Security Policy. The Australian, 15 November 2004, p. 9

Early signs for SBY less than promising

In this opinion piece, Dr Malcolm Cook, program director Asia and the Pacific, looks at the challenges Indonesia's opposition-controlled parliament pose for Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), Indonesia's new president. SBY's resounding win raised great hopes for better relations with Australia and a

Unfinished business

Stephen Grenville reviews "Why globalisation works", by Martin Wolf (Yale University Press, 2004). Australian Financial Review, 12 November 2004, Review p. 5