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Global Issues

Advance column

In his column in the new journal American Review, Lowy Institute Program Director for International Security Rory Medcalf surveys new research on strategic issues in US and other global think tanks. In the May-October 2010 issue, he looks at recent work by the Center for a New American Security, the

The world community organizer

In an article in The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that President Obama’s foreign policy bears the traces of his time as a community organiser in Chicago. This piece was republished on The Drum on 23 September 2010 at

Foreign policy attacks in fantasy land

In an opinion piece in The Weekend Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that Australian foreign policy during Labor's first term was successful by historical standards.The Australian, 18 September 2010

Gillard crisis in global climate policy

In an article in the Australian Financial Review, Fergus Green, Warwick McKibbin and Greg Picker argue the case for a new price-based framework for reducing emissions in parallel with global climate negotiations.The Australian Financial Review, 7 July 2010, p 67

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: Confronting the crisis of international climate policy - Green, McKibbin & Picker presentation

After an extraordinary build-up, the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference spectacularly failed to produce an international response commensurate with the scale of the climate change issue - and there seems little prospect of an agreement in the near term. This Wednesday Lowy Lunch launched a new

Gillard has different global view

Michael Fullilove writes in the Australian Financial Review about the likely implications for Australia's foreign policy from Julia Gillard's rise to Prime Minister.Australian Financial Review, 1 July 2010, p 67

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

A place at the top table

In this essay, Michael Fullilove makes the case for Australia’s candidacy for the UN Security Council, and refutes the various arguments that have been made against the bid.Griffith Review, Edition 28, April 2010

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Dr Aaron Bernstein presentation

Halting biodiversity loss requires rethinking how humans do business with the biosphere. Innovation is needed in accounting of the goods and services nature provides humanity. Dr Aaron Bernstein discussed these issues at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 21 April. Dr Bernstein is on faculty at Harvard

Why neoconservatism still matters

In this paper, Justin Vaïsse argues that neoconservatism remains an important school of thought in American foreign policy debates, and predicts that neoconservatives will play a meaningful role in shaping U.S. foreign policy in the future. After offering a definition of this complex movement,

The Pacific presidency

US President Barack Obama has called himself ‘America’s first Pacific president’. On Monday the Lowy Institute and the United States Studies Centre endeavoured to flesh out this concept. How should we rate his presidency and, in particular, his policies towards the Pacific region? What looming

Crazy days on the campaign trail

Dr Michael Fullilove reviewed the book 'Race of a Lifetime', by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, in The Sydney Morning Herald of 13 February. Sydney Morning Herald, 13 February 2010, Review p. 32

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

2020 vision: that sinking feeling

In an article in The Australian, ten Lowy Institute research staff describe ten aspects of our world that may vanish by 2020.The Australian, 16 January 2010, p. 2

Don't be disarmed by anti-nuke drive

In an opinion piece in the Australian, Franklin C. Miller and Andrew Shearer argue that a nuclear deterrent is still the cornerstone of regional stability for Asia.The Australian, 18 December 2009, p. 9Originally published in The Wall Street Journal on 17 December 2009

Targets set for Rudd self-implosion

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Fergus Green and Greg Picker, authors of the Lowy Institute Analysis, 'Comprehending Copenhagen: a guide to the international climate change negotiations', argue that the government has created an expectation that it will abide by the accord's

Talks should at least be a big step on the way

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, and Fergus Green, one of the authors of the Lowy Institute guide to the Copenhagen climate change conference, 'Comprehending Copenhagen', examine signs of US-China cooperation in the lead-up to the UN climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.

Immoral, illegal and plain wrong to write off our emissions

In an opinion piece in The Age, Fergus Green and Greg Picker, authors of a new Lowy Institute Analysis, 'Comprehending Copenhagen: A Guide to the International Climate Change Negotiations', argue that Australia's contribution to climate change is not negligible by any means. The Age, 30

New media and world politics

Sam Roggeveen, editor of the Lowy Institute's influential political commentary site, The Interpreter,, spoke in Melbourne on 4 November on new media and world politics.As a participant in the global online conversation, he offered his perspectives on how new media is changing

Consensus an illusory objective

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Greg Picker and Fergus Green, authors of a new Lowy Institute Analysis 'Comprehending Copenhagen', review the prospects of a climate change deal at the Copenhagen negotiations in December. The Australian, 25 November 2009, p. 11

Palin and the beauty queen are spookily similar

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, points out the similarities between former Alaska governor and Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Californian beauty queen Carrie Prejean.Financial Times, 19 November 2009, p. 11

Political pollution reduction scheme

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Fergus Green and Greg Picker argue that the climate change debate is mired in posturing by politicians. The authors will publish a Lowy Institute Analysis on the Copenhagen conference on 25 November 2009. Australian Financial Review, 11

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

Monday, 9 November, 2009 was the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To mark this anniversary, the Lowy Institute engaged three prominent commentators on the significance of the end of the Cold War. Lowy Institute Executive Director, Michael Wesley, moderated a conversation between