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Australian Perspective

Open door policy

In an article for's Argument section, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson asks whether the State Department's ambitious new plan to subvert autocratic regimes online can actually succeed.The article can be read here

Time to weigh our role in Iran threat

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, writes that any US military confrontation with Iran in the Gulf would quickly underline the need for Australia to view its ties in the region in a similar way.The Australian, 1 February 2012, p. 10

Catching Europe ills

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin writes that Australia is risking its future prosperity by adopting Europe's fatally flawed policies.Australian Financial Review, 6 February 2012, p. 54

Carr to steer new line on China

In an opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that positioning Australia between the United States and China will be Foreign Minister Bob Carr's greatest challenge.The Age, 6 March 2012, p. 13 

Bipolar policy on Indonesia harms our ties

Policies separately announced by the government and opposition over the past six months toward Indonesia suggest Australia has a form of bipolar disorder, which makes it usually oblivious to its external circumstances and socially passive, but prone to unpredictable mood swings, leading to sudden

2011 end of year message

Dr Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, sent an end of year message to friends and supporters of our work in 2011, and offered some thoughts on what to watch out for in 2012

Reluctant realists

In a post on Cogitasia, a leading blog hosted by the US think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr Malcolm Cook (Dean of International Studies at Flinders University) and the Institute’s Director of Studies Andrew Shearer highlight how and why the progressive Asia policy

Renewing an alliance

On the day of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Darwin, Australia in November 2011, Andrew Shearer writes in the Wall Street Journal about the Obama/Gillard announcement of plans to base US marines in Darwin, and examines the controversy surrounding this significant expansion of America’s

Lowy Lecture Series - Josh Frydenberg presentation

Indonesia's strong economic growth and emerging leadership in the region are creating new opportunities for Australia to deepen its political, economic and strategic ties with our close and important neighbour. With an economy expected to double in size over the next fifteen years, Indonesia is now

Distinguished Speaker Series: Reason and responsibility: how effective aid is delivering results - Peter Baxter presentation

On Tuesday 11 October 2011, as part of the Lowy Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series, Mr Peter Baxter, Director General of AusAID, discussed Australia's aid program and the critical role of development aid in an increasingly interconnected global community. Mr Baxter answered the critics of the

New Voices 2011

On 8 July 2011, the Lowy Institute for International Policy hosted its eighth annual New Voices conference. The 2011 conference ‘Dynamic Asia’ adopted an Indo-Pacific regional focus. ‘Dynamic Asia’ required participants to interrogate the way in which we think about Asia as a geopolitical

Time to forge a partnership for the Asian Century

In this op-ed in The Australian, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf, convener of the Australia-India Roundtable, teams with leading Indian foreign policy commentator Raja Mohan to propose a way forward in Australia-India relations. Australia should sell uranium to India and India needs to get

The Yanks are welcome in Oz

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer writes that on its 60th anniversary, the Australia-US alliance faces new risks and dangers, including cyber attacks and China’s rapid military modernisation.Wall Street Journal Asia, 15 September

Distinguished Speaker Series: Australian diplomacy in the 21st century - Dennis Richardson presentation

On 30 August 2011 in Canberra, at a special event in the Lowy Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series, Mr Dennis Richardson, AO, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, spoke on the topic 'DFAT: who are we, and what do we do?'Mr Richardson outlined the role of his department and

Diplomatic disrepair: rebuilding Australia international policy infrastructure

This comprehensive 2011 study revisits the influential 2009 Lowy Institute report Australia’s Diplomatic Deficit, and warns that Australia’s chronically underfunded and overstretched overseas diplomatic network risks Australia’s global security and standing. Despite some positive developments

Struggling to be heard: Australia international broadcasters fight for a voice in the region

In the Summer 2011 issue of Public Diplomacy magazine, Alex Oliver and Annmaree O’Keeffe describe the struggle by Australia’s international broadcasters for an effective voice in the Asia region, hampered by a volatile funding environment and government neglect of public diplomacy as a vital

Lowy Lecture Series: How the future state of the world will shape Australia aid program - Panellists' presentations

At the Lowy Lecture Series on 20 July, a high-level panel, with Sandy Hollway AO, Jack De Groot and Rowan Callick, considered how well Australia's aid program is placed to respond to evolving development challenges. Annmaree O'Keeffe, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, chaired the discussion

The future state of the world: what it means for Australia foreign aid program

In January 2011, the Australian Government’s Independent Panel to Review Aid commissioned the Lowy Institute to undertake a study of the future state of the world and its potential impact on the government’s aid program. The report, written against the background of a strong focus by the