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Global Issues

Challenges facing the G20 in 2013

The first issue of the Lowy Institute G20 Monitor, which will regularly report on G20 developments and analyse issues, has been released. The first issue of the Monitor, which is produced by the G20 Studies Centre, canvases the challenges facing the G20 in 2013

#PNGNewVoices: Engaging future leaders

Social media will be a key feature of this year's New Voices conference, which will be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The event, hosted by the Lowy Institute, begins on 22 October and will provide a platform for PNG's young leaders to discuss and debate the big issues affecting their

The Arab Spring needs statesmen

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Non-resident Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan writes that there is an opportunity for nascent Arab democracies' leaders to exhibit some real leadership

Seizing our chance at the big G20 dance

Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, and Mark Thirlwell, interim Director of the Institute's new G20 Studies Centre, write for the Business Spectator on the importance of Australia's membership of the G20

With friends in high places

Australia is a wealthy nation with a small population occupying a large continent located a great distance from our historical sources of security and prosperity. As a result, the single foreign policy theme which has united our otherwise diverse postwar prime ministers has been the desire to join (

'Zealous Democrats' published in Indonesian

In February 2012 the Lowy Institute Paper, Zealous Democrats: Islamism and Democracy in Egypt, Indonesia and Turkey, was published in Indonesia in the Indonesian language.  Although published in 2008, the paper remains relevant to the discussion of Islamist participation in democratic politics

Egypt’s military to outlast transition

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, writes that both the protesters and the generals in Egypt seem to have lost sight of some hard realities.The Australian, 25 November 2011, p. 10

Lowy Lecture Series - John W. McArthur presentation

The global context for foreign aid is changing rapidly as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approach their deadline for cutting extreme poverty by half by 2015. The traditional donor club of OECD countries is handing much of the development leadership role to emerging powers such as Brazil,

From WikiLeaks to News of the World: dangers ahead

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, has published an opinion piece on similarities between the operations of WikiLeaks and News of the World in Aspenia Online. The piece is available at:http://www.aspeninstitute.it/aspenia-online/article/wikileaks-news-world-dangers-aheadAspenia

The Pacific President comes to Australia

The White House announced that US President Barack Obama will visit Australia in mid November to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Australia-US alliance. At the Food for Thought event in Melbourne on 6 October 2011, the Lowy Institute hosted a panel discussion with Daniel Flitton, Andrew

Distinguished Speaker Series: The future of the Commonwealth of Nations - or does it have one? - The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

In a lecture on 12 October 2011 in the Lowy Institute's distinguished Speaker Series, the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Member of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of the Commonwealth, described the work and forthcoming report of the EPG on the Future of the Commonwealth. The report of the twelve-member

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

Obama alliances

In this Lowy Institute paper Dr Steven Casey explores the Obama administration’s approach to alliances as the United States experiences relative economic and military decline in the context of a changing security environment in the Asia-Pacific region

Obama as hardheaded liberal

In an article for The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove and Dr Steven Casey write that President Obama was accused of neglecting alliances and ceding too much ground to allies in Libya, but this week's successes in Tripoli prove he's heir to Roosevelt and Truman.The Daily Beast, 26 August 2011

Sanitation for Cambodians afloat

Judy Hagan was the EWBA\'s Project Manager of the Tonle Sap Floating Toilet Project in Cambodia in 2008 and 2009. This post is part of the New Voices series. On a wall at a local NGO in Noakhali District of Bangladesh earlier this year, I was struck by the following declaration: \'

Governance aid: Not sexy, but important

Luke Arnold is the Governance Manager in the Indonesia Section of AusAID. The views expressed here are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government. This blog is part of the New Voices series. Last month, following the first comprehensive review of Australia\'s

ASEAN: Putting Indonesia on the radar screen

Lina Alexandra is a researcher at the Department of International Relations, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta. This post is part of the New Voices series. In December 2010, the Indonesian Foreign Minister was asked what kind of role Indonesia would like to

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