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Defence & Security

Chinese anti-piracy mission

In this opinion piece in the International Herald Tribune, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that the naval deployment to combat Somali piracy is a momentous step in China's rise as a world power. He argues that the United States, India and others should seize this

Mumbai terrorist attacks

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf assesses some of the repercussions of the Mumbai terrorist attacks. He judges that military confrontation between India and Pakistan is unlikely, and that India might instead focus on its

Engaging Pakistan

The Mumbai terror attacks have once again focused attention on Pakistan's position as both a critical ally in the war on terror and a country in which a number of key terrorist groups have found safe haven. The international community faces a difficult dilemma in balancing demands that Pakistan do

Australia, East Asia and the current financial crisis

In a new Analysis, Dr Stephen Grenville argues that as the international crisis begins to impinge more strongly on Asia, one of the potential protective responses – the Chiang Mai Initiative – needs some tweaking to make it politically acceptable for countries which need it. Australia might be

The sting of climate change

Climate change is not only affecting where people live and prosper but also where mosquitoes do. This is bad news for northern Australia and Australia's northern neighbours. In a new policy brief, Dr Sarah Potter, a malaria research scientist, analyses how climate change will likely affect the

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

Obama takes to world stage

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Dr Michael Fullilove writes that Barack Obama is taking the foreign policy fight directly to rival John McCain.Australian Financial Review, 23 July 2008, p. 63

Hizbullah: walking the Lebanese tightrope

Hizbullah’s month-long war with Israel in 2006, its withdrawal from and effective blocking of the Lebanese government later that year, and its May 2008 armed takeover of West Beirut has shown how politically and militarily powerful this group is. As a consequence it is often held up as the

Australian defence policy

In this comment in the Kokoda Foundation journal Security Challenges, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf puts the case against Australia’s seeking military capabilities sufficient to single-handedly deter or cripple a major power

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

Rudd Asian aria sounds familiar

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, international security program director Rory Medcalf suggests that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd combine his vision for Asia-Pacific diplomatic architecture with more immediate steps for practical co-operation with Japan, Indonesia,

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

Dr Peter Piot presentation

On 23 May 2008, at the Tokyo Symposium on International Health Security and Communicable Diseases, the Executive Director of UNAIDS gave a comprehensive and compelling outline of the current situation regarding the HIV pandemic and associated issues. Dr Piot has kindly agreed to allow the Lowy