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Defence & Security

What Robert Gates leaves behind

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates steps down on June 30 after almost five years in the job, and having served under both a Republican and Democrat president. The Diplomat asked some of the leading Asia analysts to assess how some of the key US military relationships developed under Gates, and the

Right arguments, wrong ocean?

In this book review roundtable for the journal Asia Policy, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf appraises the core arguments of Red Star over the Pacific, by Toshi Yoshihara and Jonathan R. Holmes. Mr Medcalf focuses on the book’s treatment of China’s Indian Ocean ambitions. 

Grasping the nettle: why reintegration is central to operational design in southern Afghanistan

Reintegration not only has a role for all actors in a counterinsurgency — police, civil and military — but indeed demands of them a common purpose, and a truly concerted effort to attain it. Moreover, lasting reintegration is much harder to foster and generate than simply announcing a

Crisis and confidence: major powers and maritime security in Indo-Pacific Asia

Maritime tensions have remained high on the Asian security agenda after the 2011 East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum. Crisis and Confidence: major powers and maritime security in Indo-Pacific Asia, warns of the risks of war in the South China Sea and other regional waters. It examines the

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: Pakistan: a hard country - Professor Anatol Lieven presentation

In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is of singular importance in the volatile south

Dangerous luxuries

The ANZUS alliance is emerging as an important alliance for stability in the Asia-Pacific region but the US must understand the implications Australian defence planning will have on the future alliance. In this Lowy Institute Analysis, US Army Colonel John Angevine writes that Australia’s current

Diplomacy, transparency and public opinion

In this article in leading Spanish-language international affairs journal Politica Exterior, Lowy Institute program director Rory Medcalf examines the consequences of the publication of thousands of classified diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks.The original article in Spanish can be accessed at: http://

West must rethink way it deals with Islamabad

In this op-ed in The Australian, the director of the Lowy Institute’s international security program, Rory Medcalf, argues that the discovery and death of Bin Laden on the doorstep on Pakistan’s military academy raises fundamental questions about Islamabad as an ally against terrorism. It is

The view north from Down Under

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer writes that Prime Minister Gillard's Northeast Asia tour is also an opportunity to consider what Australia and other countries in the region should not do.Wall Street Journal Asia, 25 April 2011, p

US guarantees placed them in this predicament

In this opinion piece for the Canberra Times, Raoul Heinrichs, Editor of the Lowy Institute's Strategic Snapshot series, argues that US primacy, an order built on the preponderant power of the US and designed to entrench US dominance, has instead facilitated the rise of a powerful and dissatisfied

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: Asia nuclear future after Fukushima: the role of nuclear industry - Panellists' presentations

The Fukushima crisis has provoked a furious debate about the future of nuclear energy. Polling in Australia shows a return to a solid majority opposing nuclear power for Australia as part of our future energy mix. The Australian political leadership has declared the subject out of bounds. At a

Public lecture: Natural hazards, unnatural disasters: the economics of effective prevention - Apurva Sanghi

At a lecture at the Lowy Institute on 10 March, World Bank Senior Economist Apurva Sanghi discussed a thought-provoking report by the World Bank and the United Nations. 'Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention' will change the way we look at disaster prevention

Leading in the Indian Ocean

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer and Thomas Mahnken argue that Australia and the U.S. need to organise allies to maintain freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean as regional rivalries heat up.The op-ed is available here.Wall Street

China rise must change Gillard script

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that the Prime Minister has a rare opportunity to influence US strategic thinking.Australian Financial Review, 7 March 2011, p. 55