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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

When reality no longer matches rhetoric

In the featured op-ed in the June 6th issue of the Financial Times, Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute argues that President Bush has badly overwritten his foreign policy. In the first term, Mr Bush’s sweeping rhetoric exaggerated the defects of his policies. During his second term the

US proposal for nuclear talks with Iran

In an opinion piece published on 2 June in The Sydney Morning Herald, Anthony Bubalo and Michael Fullilove examine the implications of Washington's surprise offer to negotiate with Tehran over the nuclear issue.Sydney Morning Herald, 2 June 2006, p. 13

East Timor

Hugh White writes in the Sydney Morning Herald on the problems in East Timor and Australia's response to them. Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May 2006, p. 11

The high price of feeding the hungry dragon

In a Comment piece for the Financial Times, Mark Thirlwell looks at how China's appetite for resources is reshaping bilateral ties with a range of commodity exporters. Using Australia as an example, he argues that while feeding the hungry dragon is proving to be an economically rewarding experience

Global shift

On 19 April Mark Thirlwell spoke at the NSW branch of the Australian Institute for International Affairs. The subject of his talk was ‘Global shift: how China and India are reshaping the world economy’. A copy of his presentation is available for download

Expats are not ingrates but fellow citizens

In this opinion piece in The Age, Dr Michael Fullilove argues that the Government has got its rhetoric right on the Australian diaspora. Now it should press ahead and announce a policy.The Age, 19 April 2006, p. 15

Speech impediment

In this essay in the April-May edition of The Diplomat, Dr Michael Fullilove argues that Australian foreign policy speeches are duller than they need be. The essay draws on a longer Perspective entitled ‘Speeches and foreign policy

Autonomy a better deal for Papuans

Australia should support the middle ground or risk making the brutality worse, writes Hugh White in this opinion piece. Sydney Morning Herald, 11 April 2006, p. 11 The Age, 11 April 2006, p. 15

Angst without frontiers

Mark Thirlwell explains how the proponents of globalisation are now baulking at the competition from China and India that their philosophy has inspired. A version of this article appeared in the Australian Financial Review, 10 April 2006, p. 21

Regional Australia China boom

In this opinion piece, Malcolm Cook, the Institute’s program director for Asia and the Pacific, looks at how regional Australia is the greatest beneficiary of closer commercial ties with China. China plays larger in Perth, Brisbane and Darwin than in the Sydney-Canberra Melbourne triangle.The

RAMSI and state-building in Solomon Islands

Dr Michael Fullilove has an article in the Autumn edition of Defender, entitled ‘RAMSI and State-building in Solomon Islands’. The article draws on his recent Analysis, 'The Testament of Solomons: RAMSI and International State-building.' Defender, Vol. 23(1), Autumn 2006, pp 31-35

A changing dynamic in the region

In a preview to his upcoming Lowy Institute Paper, Milton Osborne, a visiting fellow at the Institute, argues in an opinion piece published in the Australian that China is now the paramount power in Southeast Asia.The Australian, 3 April 2006, p. 8

Israel double disengagement

In an opinion piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Anthony Bubalo explores the implications of the Israeli election result.Sydney Morning Herald, 30 March 2006, p. 13

A case for reform

The international economic architecture is overdue for renovation. Product of a simpler, post-war world, it faces the challenge of adapting to a new century characterised by emerging middle-class economies, new regional alliances, and crumbling ruins in once great superpowers. Stephen Grenville

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

It not necessary to go all the way with the USA

In this opinion piece, an edited version of which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 March, Anthony Bubalo welcomes the elevation of the Middle East in the Australian government's strategic priorities, but argues this will require some deeper and innovative thinking on Australia's ties to

India, now well worth the journey

In this opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Mark Thirlwell writes that Australia has good reasons to seek closer ties with India.Australian Financial Review, 2 March 2006, p. 63

China current account and personal freedom

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville argues that unpegging the yuan must be a measured process. A version of this opinion piece was published in the Australian Financial Review as: China right to capitalise on caution.Australian Financial Review, 23 February 2006, p. 63

The looming conflict over West Papua

In this opinion piece in The Age, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White writes that Indonesia is fearful of Australian support for Papuan independence.The Age, 8 February 2006, p. 17

The world economy in 2006: the view from 2005

Mark Thirlwell asks whether economic events in 2005 hold any lessons for the global economic outlook this year. This is a copy of the presentation he delivered as part of a Lowy Institute seminar held on 1 February looking at the prospects for the world in 2006

Wary watch on Hamas victory

Writing in the Brisbane Courier-Mail, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Anthony Bubalo examines whether any positives can be wrought from Hamas' landslide victory in last week's Palestinian elections.Courier-Mail, 30 January 2006, p. 9

PNG: time to start again

Papua New Guinea's failing experiment with democracy needs to be rebuilt from the ground up, writes Ben Scott.The Age, 3 January 2006, p. 9A Lowy Institute Paper by Ben Scott, entitled Re-imagining PNG: Culture, Democracy and Australia's Role, is also available

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

Iranian nuclear program the world next hot potato

Despite Iran's claim of not developing weapons, defusing its nuclear ambitions may be the defining item on next year's international policy agenda, suggest Michael Fullilove and Anthony Bubalo in this opinion piece.The Australian, 20 December 2005, p. 12

Khaki reshuffle adds little to military role

In this opinion piece, Hugh White writes on the defence update launched last week by the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister. Sydney Morning Herald, 20 December 2005, p. 13 A version of this opinion piece also appeared in The Age, 20 December 2005, p. 13

Short-term targets undercut climate policy

Lowy Institute Professorial Fellow Warwick McKibbin writes in this opinion piece that the Kyoto mindset is hampering the quest to reduce greenhouse emissions and adapt to climate change. Australian Financial Review, 30 November 2005, p. 63

We have to bring out the big guns

In this opinion piece, Dr Alan Dupont of the Lowy Institute details expectations of the upcoming 2005 strategic update and suggests that an army with greater firepower will improve national security. The Australian, 29 November 2005, p. 12

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

Regional forum can be rescued

Allan Gyngell and Malcolm Cook argue that the APEC leaders' summit in Busan, Korea this weekend will reinforce the importance of APEC and highlight its serious shortcomings. APEC needs to narrow its agenda, strengthen its Secretariat and redefine its purpose if it is to remain at the core of Asia

Death knell for the old terms of trade

Mark Thirlwell asks how Australia can adjust to the arrival of new global trading powers and the strains on the multilateral trade system. Australian Financial Review, 7 November 2005, p. 25

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