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Aid & Development

The Pacific Islands and the World Conference

The Lowy Institute's conference, The Pacific Islands and the World: The Global Economic Crisis, held in Brisbane on 2 and 3 August, created an opportunity for Pacific Island leaders, minsters, officials from international and regional organisations, private sector and civil society representatives

Relief for Canberra aid headache

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson examines the possible benefits to Australia and the Pacific of the Taiwan government's new white paper on aid.Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 2009, p. 11

The deadbeat of international aid

Director of the Lowy Institute's HIV/AIDS project, Bill Bowtell, argues that Australia and other western nations spend too little on overseas development assistance, with serious consequences for disease control in developing nations and the risk of global pandemics.The Sydney Morning Herald, 28

China help may harm Fiji

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Fergus Hanson and Jenny Hayward-Jones argue that Beijing (along with other countries) should consider redirecting its aid to Fiji through international financial institutions. The Australian, 23 April 2009, p. 12

Fiji crisis requires urgent response

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, argues for a prompt response by the Australian government to the crisis in Fiji. Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2009, p. 11 

Need for decisive action on Fiji

In an opinion piece in the Canberra Times, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, argues for Australia to act quickly in its response to Fiji's economic crisis. Canberra Times, 17 April 2009, p. 13

Engineering political stability

In an opinion piece in the Solomon Star News, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, puts forward suggestions for Solomon Islands' political stability and governance from the conference held in Honiara in late September 2008. Solomon Star

Engineering political stability in Solomon Islands

The Lowy Institute and the Solomon Islands Working Committee on Political Party Integrity Reform held a conference in Honiara on 24 and 25 September 2008 to explore the potential for reforms to engineer greater political stability in Solomon Islands. The conference sought to identify mechanisms to

Beyond good governance

Australian aid has not been effective in helping the Pacific Islands region make significant progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals

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

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

Everybody needs good neighbours

In this opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Jenny Hayward-Jones, The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program Director, argues that Australia needs to accept its regional identity and engage with its Pacific Island neighbours as sovereign partners rather than simply as recipients of aid in

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

China and Australia

In this Viewpoint for TIME Magazine, Allan Gyngell, the Executive Director of the Institute, explores the implications for Australia of China's growing power. He concludes that our success in dealing with China will depend critically on US strategy towards its emerging Asian competitor and China's

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