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Australian Perspective

Australia place in the world

Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley delivered the Perspective Asia Lecture at the Griffith Asia Institute in Brisbane on 29 July 2010. The lecture, entitled 'Australia's place in the world', can be read here

International broadcasting and its contribution to public diplomacy

International broadcasting is one of the principal means of presenting a country’s perspective, views and values to foreign publics and their leaders, and a fundamental component of a nation’s public diplomacy. This study surveyed the international broadcasting operations of ten major

A relationship in need of a rethink

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley writes that there is one Asian country whose rise will change our world dramatically: Indonesia. Sydney Morning Herald, 4 September 2010, p. 9

Quiet on the foreign policy front

Fergus Hanson, Research Fellow and Director of the Lowy Poll project, in an article for the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) Security Watch, writes that a lively election campaign has barely touched upon Australia's increasingly important and complex foreign relations.ISN Security

The APC is a dead parrot

In an opinion piece published on Caixin Online, Andrew Shearer argues that the concept of an Asia Pacific Community as proposed by Kevin Rudd is now defunct, but that Australia has a strong record of institution-building in Asia which should be continued.Caixin Online, 20 July 2010

Food for Thought - Michael Wesley presentation

Mineral resources play a role in international affairs that far outweighs the attention paid to the sector by policy makers and strategic thinkers. Modern societies are becoming ever more dependent on mineral resources but increasingly less self-sufficient in their production, making access to

Justifying Afghan role a hard sell

In an opinion piece in The Age newspaper, Anthony Bubalo argues that Australia's defence force commitment in Afghanistan has bipartisan political support, while polling shows that public attitudes are increasingly against a continuing involvement. The government, Bubalo argues, has failed to present

Lowy Institute Poll launch

The 2010 Lowy Institute Poll, 'Australia and the world: public opinion and foreign policy', was launched on 31 May by Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley, followed by an interactive discussion with panelists Stephen Loosley, Miranda Devine and Arthur Sinodinos

Building bridges through music

On Monday 17 May at the Lowy Institute, an audience heard five important voices in Australian cultural life examine the role of music in promoting understanding between nations and communities. Joining Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Sydney Symphony, Mr Vladimir Ashkenazy (pictured), in

Diplomacy in ruins

In an article in The Weekend Australian, Lowy Institute Research Associate Alex Oliver and Senior Research Fellow Andrew Shearer write that Australia's ability to have its voice heard overseas has been dangerously compromised.The Australian, 27 March 2010, Inquirer p. 4

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: 2010 The year ahead - Research staff presentations

On 3 February, at the first Wednesday Lunch at Lowy for 2010, three Lowy Institute scholars discussed where the world and our region are headed after a tumultuous year in 2009. Will things be calmer or more uncertain?Mark Thirlwell, Program Director International Economy, assessed the post-GFC

Welcome to 2010

At at reception at the Westin Hotel on Thursday 28 January 2010, Dr Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, spoke of what we should expect in the decade ahead

Winning the war on the home front

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, and Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argue that Barack Obama’s Afghanistan approach is strategically and politically realistic.The Australian, 11 December 2009, p. 8

Tightening an obvious tie

In this opinion piece in the Indian Express newspaper, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues why India would benefit from recognising the value of prioritising a strategic partnership with Australia, in the week that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visits India.Indian

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

The 2009 Lowy Institute Poll

The fifth annual Lowy Institute Poll surveys a nationally representative sample of Australians on a broad range of foreign policy issues. New questions this year cover the priority given to action on climate change, public attitudes towards relations with the US and China, foreign investment, asylum

Unconventional partners: Australia-India cooperation in reducing nuclear dangers

In this Policy Brief, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf and his Indian co-author Amandeep Gill argue that an innovative partnership between Australia and India would help erode the entrenched blocs that impede progress on nuclear disarmament

China: an unfamiliar terrain

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley argues for some hard thinking on prioritising our interests in building a durable relationship with China.Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 2009, p. 9

Winds of change demand hard debate

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review on 28 April 2009, Lowy Institute visiting fellow Hugh White discusses China's economic rise and its implications for Australian defence policy.Australian Financial Review, 28 April 2009, p. 63

The responsibility to protect

In the March 2009 edition of the Australian Book Review, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Allan Gyngell, reviews The Responsibility to Protect: End Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All, a new book by Gareth Evans. The book is an account of the emergence of a new international norm –

The Alexander Downer legacy

In a major series for the Lowy Institute's blog, The Interpreter, veteran ABC journalist Graeme Dobell explores the legacy of Australia's longest-serving foreign minister, Alexander Downer. The three introductory posts to Graeme Dobell's series can be read here: Introduction, part one: http://www.

New Voices 2008

On Thursday 31 July 2008, the Lowy Institute held its fifth annual New Voices conference for young professionals, which this year discussed the new areas of responsibility that are arising as a result of globalisation. The outcomes report can be downloaded here

Think tanks and foreign policy

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Executive Director Allan Gyngell writes, in a paper in the Institute's Perspectives series, on the role of think tanks in shaping Australian foreign policy and in strengthening Australia's voice

An indigenous element

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Executive Director Allan Gyngell argues the case for incorporating elements of indigenous culture in to Australia's official welcomes for foreign dignitaries. The Australian, 31 January 2007, p. 12

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