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Global Issues

Strategy sound so far: now to finish shaping a nation

This opinion piece by Dr Michael Fullilove examines the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in the lead-up to a national election in the Solomons on 5 April. The article draws on Dr Fullilove’s new Lowy Institute Analysis, The Testament of Solomons: RAMSI and

Speeches and foreign policy

In this new Perspective, the Lowy Institute’s Program Director for Global Issues Dr Michael Fullilove argues that Australian foreign policy speeches are duller than they need be. Dr Fullilove writes that he finds them workmanlike rather than profound – certainly in comparison to US foreign

US alliance in regular need of assessment

In this opinion piece, Dr Peter Edwards writes that our relationship with America should not be taken for granted.The Australian, 29 December 2005, p. 8A Lowy Institute Paper, entitled Permanent Friends? Historical Reflections on the Australian-American Alliance, by Peter Edwards, is also available

A war of ideals adds sting to the never-ending Iraqi tale

James Fallows writes that debate in the US over foreign policy is boiling down to a bitter clash of values. James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, based in Washington. He is in Australia for a conference on Values and Foreign Policy at the Lowy Institute for

Bush begins to tread softly

Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute argues that the Bush Administration has been forced to moderate its foreign policy. The notion of an 'America rampant', lately lauded by the right and feared by the left, did not survive last year's presidential election. The Age, 7 November 2005, p. 13

Friends, Romans, chardonnay swill!

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute, argues that speeches are not dead in this preview of his new book 'Men and Women of Australia! Our Greatest Modern Speeches'. Sydney Morning Herald, 29 October 2005, p. 33; The Age, 29 October 2005, p. 9

Times Literary Supplement Review

Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute reviewed Ruth Balint's book, Troubled Waters: Borders, Boundaries and Possession in the Timor Sea, for the Times Literary Supplement. Times Literary Supplement, 12 August 2005

There hope in Bush hawkish nomination

While the news that Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Defence Secretary and architect of the Iraq War, has been nominated to head the World Bank has disappointed some and angered others, Mark Thirlwell wonders if the outspoken neo-con could turn out to be a surprisingly appropriate Bank president. The

The role of special envoys in U.S. foreign policy

In an article for the prestigious international magazine Foreign Affairs, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute, argues that in its second term, the Bush Administration should engage more in the business of diplomacy and, in particular, reinstate the old

Sensible climate policy

In Sensible climate policy Professor Warwick McKibbin criticises the Kyoto Protocol that had just entered into force in February 2005. He predicts that the policy would not succeed in reducing emissions and argued that it was a mistake to continue to follow the ‘targets and timetables’ approach

Moment of truth as UN chief confronts his fiercest rival

Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director, Global Issues, argues that the strength of Kofi Annan's position as Secretary-General is critical to the success of the reform agenda recommended by the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. Sydney Morning Herald, 16 December 2004, p. 19

Bush is from Mars, Kerry is from Mars too

Although there are significant differences in style and substance between George Bush and John Kerry, the similarities in foreign policy terms are more striking than is sometimes understood. From Australia's perspective, the fundamentals of our relationship with the US are excellent and the alliance

G7 should step aside for more representative body

Mark Thirlwell and Malcolm Cook argue that China's recent inclusion in the G7 should not be a one-off expansion. It should be the first step in the replacement of the G7 by its more representative progeny, the G20, which includes Australia.Australian Financial Review, 29 September 2004, p.63

Lesson in the limits of power

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Owen Harries suggests that there are parallels between the Iraq war and the Suez crisis of 1956, and that the latter offers useful pointers on superpower behaviour. The Australian, Monday 2 August 2004, p. 9

Wither the Anglosphere?

Michael Fullilove, Program Director, Global Issues, argues that a closer association of English-speaking nations (Anglosphere) is not a sustainable organising principle for foreign relations

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