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Asia Pacific Security

Wary of China, neglectful of Japan and warming to the US

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Michael Wesley and Fergus Hanson examine how Australians view the world, drawing on five years of Lowy Institute polling. They find Australians to be outward-looking and engaged in international affairs. The vast majority feel safe and Australians are

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: Going global: Australia-Japan relations - Andrew Shearer and Malcolm Cook presentations

At the Wednesday Lowy Lunch on 16 June, Malcolm Cook and Andrew Shearer discussed how the Australia-Japan relationship can help both countries respond to the emerging new order in international relations. This order is characterised by changing global power balances, the move towards a more multi-

Australia bulks up

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Senior Research Fellow Andrew Shearer comments on the Rudd government's recent Defence White Paper and the Obama administration's cuts to the US defence budget. While welcoming plans for a bigger and more capable ADF he expresses

Australia and Japan: Going global

In new Lowy Institute report, supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation, Andrew Shearer and Malcolm Cook propose a new agenda for multilateral cooperation between Australia and Japan. The growing international weight of Asia and the forces of globalisation are expanding the number of issues states

Australia: Allied in transition

The Seattle-based National Bureau of Asian Research publishes Strategic Asia, an annual assessment of Asian security issues affecting the United States. The 2008-09 volume in the series, titled Challenges and Choices, is aimed at providing guidance for the next US President on key decisions

Asian military modernisation

In this Lowy Institute Perspective, Visiting Fellow Ric Smith examines the patterns in Asian military spending in recent years. He demonstrates that the region's military modernisation does not equate with an arms race. This publication was originally a presentation delivered to the International

Asia arms no cause for alarm

In an opinion piece in The Canberra Times, Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, argues that Australia does not need to react to what the Prime Minister wrongly called an 'explosion' in regional defence spending. In fact, a modest cut to our defence budget would help

Less than meets the eye?

Fergus Hanson and Andrew Shearer published an article in The Diplomat magazine on the extent of China's 'soft power'.The Diplomat, Vol. 7 (3) Sep/Oct 2008 pp 38-39

China struggle for power

In the Griffith-Lowy Institute Project's first publication, Prof. Xu Yi-chong analyses the mounting challenges facing the Chinese power sector and the fate of recent reform efforts. The mixed results of these recent reforms highlight the political and administrative difficulties facing the central

The future belongs to Asia

Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer reviewed a new book by Bill Emmott, 'Rivals: How the power struggle between China, India and Japan will shape our next decade' in The Canberra Times on 26 July 2008

Why war in Asia remains thinkable

At a recent IISS conference in Japan, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White set out the case for why war between states remains thinkable in Asia.His paper can be downloaded from here:http://www.iiss.org/conferences/asias-strategic-challenges-in-search-of-a-common-agenda/conference-papers/why-

Japan China policy in the 21st century

As a part of its Public Lecture Series, the Lowy Institute for International Policy was pleased to host an address by Professor Akio Takahara from Tokyo University. The Japan-China relationship is one of the longest, deepest, and most important great power relationships in the world and the last

Rudd Asia agenda

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Andrew Shearer questions Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's diplomacy regarding Japan, and discusses the Federal Government's recent policy announcements concerning Asia. The Wall Street Journal Asia, 10 June 2008 p. 12

Japan value mustn't be lost in translation

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Andrew Shearer argues that the Government's mishandling of relations with Tokyo and fixation on China not only harm our most important bilateral partnership in the region but also feed Japan's increasing strategic anxiety. He calls on the Prime Minister to use

Quadrilateral dialogue

The quadrilateral dialogue among the US, Japan, Australia and India was never as substantial as its champions or its detractors claimed it to be, argues international security program director Rory Medcalf in this article in the February-March edition of The Diplomat. China saw menace in a phantom

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

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: Connecting the spokes - Malcolm Cook & Rory Medcalf presentations

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 9 May, Malcolm Cook, Program Director Asia & the Pacific, and Rory Medcalf, Program Director International Security, explored what the Australia-Japan Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation means for Australia-Japan relations and what it tells us about Japan's

Interests, not identity

In the May edition of the Australian Book Review, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Allan Gyngell, reviews 'The Howard Paradox', a new book by Professor Michael Wesley examining the Howard government's policies towards Asia. Australian Book Review, May 2007

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: North Korea - Professor Alan Dupont presentation

On 1 November at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Professor Alan Dupont, the Michael Hintze Chair of International Security at the University of Sydney, explored the implications of North Korea's nuclear weapons program for global and regional security following Pyongyang’s provocative nuclear test on

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