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The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. The Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on foreign policy trends shaping Australia and the world. On Soundcloud we host podcasts from our events with high-level guest speakers as well as our own experts. Essential listening for anyone seeking to better understand foreign policy challenges!

Episode Date
Panel Discussion: Malaysia's electoral earthquake
00:59:33
The defeat of Malaysia’s ruling party on 9 May was unlike any election result the region has ever seen. No party in Southeast Asia has held power for so long, only to lose it at the polls. In its place, a broad coalition led by 92-year-old former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has formed a new government. Can such a diverse coalition remain united as it addresses fundamental questions of the Malaysian social contract, including racial preferences? Mahathir once jailed Anwar Ibrahim, but has now freed him: how will their relationship develop as they seek to govern together? Will former Prime Minister Najib Razak be held to account for the 1MDB scandal, and how will the United Malays National Organisation react to its first experience in opposition? What will the change in government mean for Malaysia’s relationship with Australia, given Mahathir’s difficult history with earlier Australian prime ministers? The Lowy Institute’s Director of the Southeast Asia Project, Aaron Connelly, hosted a panel discussion with Amrita Malhi, Visiting Fellow in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University; James Chin, Director of the Asia Institute Tasmania; and Kean Wong, contributing editor at New Mandala, as they discussed these questions.
Jun 07, 2018
In Conversation: Anthony Bubalo on Remaking the Middle East (Sydney)
01:02:58
The latest Lowy Institute Paper published by Penguin Random House, Remaking the Middle East: How a Troubled Region May Save Itself by Anthony Bubalo, was launched in Sydney on 31 May. The Middle East is experiencing a period of concentrated turmoil unlike anything since the end of the Second World War. Uprisings, coups, and wars have seen governments overthrown, hundreds of thousands killed, and millions displaced. Anthony Bubalo argues that the current tumult is the result of the irrevocable decay of the nizam – the system under which most states in the region are ruled. But amid the ferment there are also “green shoots” of change which could remake the Middle East in ways that are more inclusive, more democratic, less corrupt, and less violent. Anthony Bubalo has worked on the Middle East for more than 25 years as a diplomat, intelligence analyst, and researcher. He has lived in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. He led the Lowy Institute’s Middle East research for 14 years, and regularly comments on the region’s politics in the Australian and international media.
May 31, 2018
In Conversation: Anthony Bubalo on Remaking the Middle East(Canberra)
00:45:25
The latest Lowy Institute Paper published by Penguin Random House, Remaking the Middle East: How a Troubled Region May Save Itself by Anthony Bubalo, was launched in Canberra on 29 May. The Middle East is experiencing a period of concentrated turmoil unlike anything since the end of the Second World War. Uprisings, coups, and wars have seen governments overthrown, hundreds of thousands killed, and millions displaced. Anthony Bubalo argues that the current tumult is the result of the irrevocable decay of the nizam – the system under which most states in the region are ruled. But amid the ferment there are also “green shoots” of change which could remake the Middle East in ways that are more inclusive, more democratic, less corrupt, and less violent. Anthony Bubalo has worked on the Middle East for more than 25 years as a diplomat, intelligence analyst, and researcher. He has lived in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. He led the Lowy Institute’s Middle East research for 14 years, and regularly comments on the region’s politics in the Australian and international media.
May 31, 2018
Panel Discussion: Euan Graham and Bates Gill on what’s next for the Trump–Kim Singapore Summit
00:59:16
A highly anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is still set to take place on 12 June in Singapore. Beyond theatrical spectacle and global media attention, what can the unprecedented US–North Korea summit realistically hope to achieve? The Lowy Institute’s Director of Research, Alex Oliver, moderated a panel discussion with Dr Euan Graham, Director, International Security at the Lowy Institute, and renowned expert on Asia-Pacific security Professor Bates Gill, of Macquarie University, as they previewed the major issues likely to define the Trump–Kim summit and weighed its prospects for success or failure.
May 29, 2018
Panel Discussion: Sectarianism and civil society in Indonesia (Sydney)
00:57:59
Matthew Busch, Research Fellow, East Asia Program at Lowy Institute and special guests Rahimah ‘Ima’ Abdulrahim, Executive Director of The Habibie Centre, Jakarta, and Sandra Hamid, Indonesia Country Representative for The Asia Foundation, had a discussion about Indonesia in an era of vigorous electoral competition and growing sectarianism. In advance of more than 100 local elections in 2018 and presidential and legislative elections in 2019, now is an ideal time to take stock of the trajectory of politics in Indonesia. Should we expect a repeat of the religious and ethnic mobilisations deployed during the divisive 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election? How have other civil society groups responded to an injection of religious identity into the political sphere? Do these trends complement or threaten to undermine the consolidation of Indonesia’s democratic institutions on the 20-year anniversary of Reformasi? The Lowy Institute is grateful to the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their support of this event.
May 22, 2018
In conversation: Robert Kelly on the North Korea threat
00:59:02
There is no more urgent security issue for Australia than North Korea, a nuclear-armed power with a regime described by Professor Robert Kelly as a ‘mafia state’. At his only public appearance in Canberra, Professor Kelly discussed North Korea’s enigmatic regime, its confrontation with the United States, and the likelihood of war. The conversation was moderated by Lowy Institute Senior Fellow Sam Roggeveen, and questions were taken from the audience. Robert Kelly is a professor of international relations in the Political Science and Diplomacy Department of Pusan National University in Busan, Korea. He is a regular contributor to The Interpreter and has written for The Diplomat, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
May 18, 2018
Panel Discussion: Australia, China and the fallout from the foreign influence debate
01:01:40
The Turnbull government has announced it will introduce legislation to combat foreign intervention in Australian politics, after allegations of interference by the Chinese party-state. The government’s critics, in turn, say it has mishandled the issue, alienating Australia’s biggest trading partner, and unfairly targeting Chinese-Australians. Richard McGregor, Lowy Institute’s Senior Fellow for East Asia, hosted a panel discussion with Adam Ni, Australian National University (ANU); Maree Ma, Vision Times; and Su-Lin Tan, Australian Financial Review, for a discussion on the Chinese party-state’s influence operations in Australia and their fallout in domestic politics, regional diplomacy, and within the Chinese-Australian community. Adam Ni is a researcher at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU. His main areas of interest include China’s foreign and security policy. Maree Ma is the General Manager of Vision Times, the largest independent Chinese-language media organisation in Australia. Su-Lin Tan is a reporter with the Australian Financial Review, covering Asian business and trade in Australia. Jason Li is Chairman of Vantage Asia Holdings, a member of the University of Sydney Senate and a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on China.
May 02, 2018
Panel discussion: Prosperity and promise; Xi Jinping and modern China
01:00:19
“Prosperity” has been a significant theme in several of President Xi Jinping’s major speeches over the past year, both at home and abroad. But what does he mean by prosperity? And what challenges does this nebulous concept create? Domestically, Xi’s promise to transform China into a “moderately prosperous society” by 2020 has been well-received. But does it have global resonance? Australian National University’s Dr Jane Golley and Linda Jaivin discssed with Dr Merriden Varrall, Director of the Lowy Institute’s East Asia Program, about the myriad ways in which prosperity is evident in China today and what this means for the rest of the world.
Apr 17, 2018
Panel Discussion: Policy Implications For Australia
01:08:25
Panel discussion on policy implications for Australia at the Lowy Institute conference between Dame Meg Taylor, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Dr James Batley, chaired by Dr Euan Graham. The discussion took place at the Lowy Institute conference Australia in the Pacific: enhancing security through regional resilience, held in Canberra on 5 April 2018.
Apr 16, 2018
Marise Payne on the importance of Pacific stability to Australia
00:30:53
Senator Marise Payne, Minister of Defence, delivering the keynote address at the Lowy Institute conference Australia in the Pacific: enhancing security through regional resilience, held in Canberra on 5 April 2018.
Apr 13, 2018
Asian Development Outlook 2018: how technology impacts jobs
01:02:11
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will launch its flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018, with its focus on “How Technology Impacts Jobs”. The report examines how, as increased automation displaces some tasks, new occupations emerge to take their place. The displacement of workers due to technology is real, but with the right skills, training, and regulation, Asia can overcome this challenge. ADO also presents economic analyses of 45 economies, including the People’s Republic of China, India, and Indonesia. The publication examines Asia’s prospects by subregion: Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. This address on how technology impacts jobs, development, and forecasts for the Asia Pacific region was led by Ananya Basu, Principal Economist from ADB’s Pacific Department; and Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Senior Economist from ADB’s Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department; and was chaired by Roland Rajah, Director of the International Economy Program at the Lowy Institute.
Apr 13, 2018
Panel Discussion: International Relations in the Online Age
00:58:28
Terrorists are recruited via social media, nuclear weapons programs are disrupted via computer viruses, world leaders communicate via Twitter, and some foreign affairs departments have larger online followings than traditional media outlets. What will global politics become in this digital age?
Apr 12, 2018
Igor Yurgens on what the West needs to understand about Russia’s politics and economy
01:01:20
As Russian president or prime minister, for the last 18 years Vladimir Putin has been one of the most prominent but enigmatic figures on the global stage. He has led Russia’s evolution from a deep post-Soviet torpor to an authoritarian power which asserts itself abroad, is a key player in the Syria conflict, and faces allegations of interfering in the US presidential elections. But in the West, Russia remains shrouded in myths and stereotypes, its behaviour often misdiagnosed. In this Lowy Institute address, one of Russia’s finest political commentators, Igor Yurgens, examined the West’s misunderstanding of Russia. Igor Yurgens is Chairman of the Institute for Contemporary Development, a Moscow-based think tank dedicated to a modern Russia. He was one of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s closest economic-policy advisers. He graduated from Moscow State University with a PhD in Economics, worked in the trade union movement in the USSR for more than two decades, and served five years in UNESCO.
Apr 11, 2018
In Conversation: Scott Snyder on strategic choices and South Korean foreign policy
00:58:22
The Korean Peninsula has historically been a battleground for the major powers. But with successful economic modernisation and transition to democracy, South Korea has sought to navigate rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, and to strategically benefit from China’s economic growth while relying on the United States for security. Dr Snyder discussed debates over South Korea’s strategic choices in the context of rising tensions in Northeast Asia and the wider Indo-Pacific, including in partnership with Australia. Scott Snyder is Senior Fellow for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a contributor to CFR’s group blog Asia Unbound, and the author of several books about Korean security policy and regional relations in Northeast Asia, most recently South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Power (2018).
Apr 06, 2018
Panel Discussion: Debating China’s Belt and Road Initiative
01:01:50
Announced in late 2013, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is both a colossal infrastructure development scheme and a grandly ambitious undertaking of geostrategic proportions. Mixed responses to the BRI are now emerging as it begins to reshape economic and political decisions across Eurasia. In Europe, Germany’s foreign minister recently stated his view that the BRI is designed to promote a value system different to that in the West. In response to the BRI, Australia, India, Japan, and the United States are reported to be considering an Asian infrastructure development plan of their own. Our panel considered the BRI’s implications for China’s role in the region, and for Australia’s interests going forward. The Lowy Institute hosted a panel discussion with Dr Mathieu Duchâtel, Senior Policy Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia and China Programme at the European Council of Foreign Relations; Professor Bates Gill, Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University; Dr Merriden Varrall, Director of the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute; and moderated by Dr Euan Graham, Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute. Dr Mathieu Duchâtel was in Sydney as a guest of the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University. The Lowy Institute would like thank them for their involvement in this event.
Mar 28, 2018
Panel Discussion: Shifting power In Asia
00:59:54
Asia’s economic transformation is reshaping the global distribution of power, changing the way the region and the world operates politically and strategically. The Lowy Institute discussed the growing wealth, influence, and military might of new and reviving Asian powers.
Mar 14, 2018
Yukio Okamoto on Japan’s evolving security role in the Indo-Pacific
00:59:20
Following a period spent in Japan developing its national security apparatus and international security cooperation with partners from Europe to the Indo-Pacific, Yukio Okamoto, Adjunct Professor at Ritsumeikan University and former Japanese diplomat, addressed Japan’s evolving security role in the Indo-Pacific, with a focus on Japan–China relations. This was followed by a discussion with the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program Director, Dr Euan Graham, about how Japan will adapt and respond to future regional security concerns. Yukio Okamoto was a career diplomat in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including postings in Paris at the OECD as well as in Cairo and Washington. Since retiring in 1991, Mr Okamoto has directed a political and economic consultancy, and served in a number of senior advisory positions. He has worked on multiple Japanese Government committees, including as a Special Advisor to Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto (1996–98), Special Advisor to the Cabinet (2001–03) and Special Advisor on Iraq to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (2003–04). He was Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Foreign Relations, and until the end of 2008 was a member of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s Study Group on Diplomacy. He has written and published extensively on Japanese Foreign Policy, diplomacy, and government.
Mar 12, 2018
In conversation: Hayder al-Khoei on Iraq and Islamic State
00:56:03
Now that Islamic State has been defeated militarily, what does the future hold for Iraq? Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute Anthony Bubalo discussed this and other issues, including Iraq’s forthcoming elections and evolving relations with its neighbours, in conversation with Hayder al-Khoei. Hayder al-Khoei is Director of the Centre for Shi’a Studies in London and a doctoral researcher at the University of Exeter, focusing on US foreign policy and ethno-sectarian politics in Iraq. Prior to this, he was a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and an associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Program at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).
Mar 05, 2018
In conversation: Alyssa Ayres on how India is making its place in the world
00:58:36
Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), joined Aaron Connelly, Research Fellow for the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, to discuss Alyssa’s latest book, 'Our Time Has Come: How India Is Making Its Place in the World'. Dr Ayres discussed how a fiercely independent India pursues its place as a leading power, and how the United States should respond. At CFR, Alyssa Ayres’s work focuses on India’s role in the world and on US relations with South Asia. In 2015 she served as project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on US–India Relations, and from 2014 to 2016 as project director for an initiative on the new geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan. She directs the US Relations with South Asia Roundtable series, blogs regularly for Asia Unbound, and is a contributor to Forbes.com. Her book 'Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World' was published by Oxford University Press in January 2018. Alyssa Ayres served previously as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, from 2010 to 2013, covering all issues across a dynamic region of 1.3 billion people (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) and providing policy direction for four US embassies and four consulates. Originally trained as a cultural historian, Dr Ayres has experience in the non-profit, government, and private sectors, and she has carried out research on both India and Pakistan.
Mar 02, 2018
Winston Peters on New Zealand in the Pacific
00:49:31
New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rt Hon Winston Peters, addressed his government's plans to work with its Pacific partners to meet the many strategic and development challenges facing the region. New Zealand’s place is in the Pacific. Culturally, geographically, and politically, New Zealand is a Pacific Islands country. But the Pacific is an increasingly complex strategic environment, with a broad range of external factors affecting its present and future.
Mar 01, 2018
In conversation: Manu Bhaskaran on Singapore's global hub model
00:56:34
Over the past fifty years, Singapore has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries and a dynamic node in the world economy. A new Lowy Analysis Paper examines not only what has driven Singapore’s success in establishing itself as a competitive base of high-value manufacturing and other value-added services, but also how the country, amid regional and global challenges, must adapt its model so as to retain its position at the centre of flows of trade, investment, and people. Manu Bhaskaran, the paper’s author and CEO of consultancy Centennial Asia, joined Research Fellow Matthew Busch to discuss what Singapore can do to find the policy mix and economic fundamentals to overcome these challenges.
Mar 01, 2018
Panel Discussion: Changing Attitudes in Australia - 13 years of the Lowy Institute Poll
00:59:17
The Lowy Institute has conducted robust, independent polling on Australian attitudes to foreign policy issues annually since 2005. While the world has changed dramatically this century, how have Australian attitudes changed, and what has stayed the same?
Feb 21, 2018
Panel discussion: The year ahead
00:56:25
On 1 February, the Lowy Institute’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove chaired a discussion examining the key issues likely to dominate the international agenda in 2018. Joining Michael was Deputy Director Anthony Bubalo, Deputy Research Director and Director of the Diplomacy and Public Opinion Program Alex Oliver, Director of the International Security Program, Dr Euan Graham and Nonresident Fellow Dr John Edwards.
Feb 05, 2018
Panel discussion: Why women leaders are important – perspectives from PNG and Australia
01:02:55
On 29 January, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Anna Kirk chaired a discussion on women's representation in leadership and politics with one of Australia's leading business executives, Ann Sherry; the highest polling female candidate in the 2017 PNG elections, Rufina Peter; and ANU academic Dr Kerryn Baker. The panelists addressed this critical issue shared between Papua New Guinean and Australian societies and discussed ways to overcome such gender inequality challenges.
Jan 31, 2018
In Conversation: Bingqin Li on population challenges for the Chinese economy
00:54:26
China is a rapidly ageing country. According to the World Bank, the working-age population is predicted to fall by 10% by 2040. While the size of the workforce is falling, the pool of over 65s is rising, and is predicted to reach 350 million by the same year. What are the economic effects of a shrinking labour pool and rising number of aged dependents, and how will the two-child policy limit these effects? The Lowy Institute convened a panel to explore how population dynamics will shape China’s economy and what it means for our economic future at large.
Dec 21, 2017
Joe Hockey on the Trump administration's first twelve months
00:58:24
On 14 December Lowy Institute hosted the Hon Joe Hockey, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, for an address on the first twelve months of President Trump’s administration. The Hon Joe Hockey has been Australia’s Ambassador to the United States since January 2016. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the House of Representatives for the seat of North Sydney from 1996 until 2015. He served in a broad range of ministerial portfolios including as the Minister for Human Services, Minister for Tourism and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, before being appointed as Treasurer in the Abbott government from 2013 to 2015 and chairing the G20 as part of this role. Before entering politics, Mr Hockey worked as a solicitor, and subsequently as Director of Policy to the NSW Premier.
Dec 14, 2017
Christopher Pyne on Australia's defence industry
00:43:49
On 13 December, the Lowy Institute hosted an address by the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry and the Leader of the House of Representatives. As Minister for Defence Industry he is responsible for Australia’s defence procurement and military capability including delivering the $200 billion worth of investment in Australia’s defence capabilities outlined in the Defence White Paper. Minister Pyne was first elected to Federal Parliament in 1993 at the age of 25, as the member for Sturt in South Australia. Through the Howard, Abbott and Turnbull governments, he has served as Assistant Minister for Health and Ageing, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Education and Training, and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.
Dec 13, 2017
Quick comment: Mu Sochua on the future of Cambodian democracy
00:12:11
Mu Sochua, Deputy Leader of the recently dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, speaks with Research Fellow Aaron Connelly on China's support for Prime Minister Hun Sen, the government crackdown on Cambodia's independent media and what Australia can do to encourage a return to democracy in Cambodia.
Dec 11, 2017
Panel discussion: What does Xi Jinping’s ‘new era’ mean for China and the world?
01:00:58
At China’s recent 19th Party Congress, the Party and President Xi Jinping announced a ‘new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics’. What does this mean for China, both domestically and globally? On 7 December, the Lowy Institute’s East Asia Program Director Dr Merriden Varrall hosted Professor Anne-Marie Brady of the Wilson Center and Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Peter Cai for a panel discussion on how the ‘new era’ will shape China’s approach to its national policies, including social and economic development, and foreign affairs.
Dec 07, 2017
Panel discussion: Crisis in Myanmar – its origins and our response
01:01:22
Over half a million Rohingya have fled Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh since 25 August, bringing with them accounts of crimes against humanity by Myanmar security forces and local mobs. On 5 December the Lowy Institute convened an expert panel for a discussion of the background to the current crisis, including the roles of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s military, and an examination of what Australia and the international community can do to address one of Southeast Asia’s most serious humanitarian crises in decades. The panel included Dr Melissa Crouch, Senior Lecturer at the UNSW Law Faculty; Aaron Connelly, Research Fellow Lowy Institute's East Asia Program; and Hervé Lemahieu, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute. The discussion was moderated by Director of the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute Dr Merriden Varrall.
Dec 05, 2017
Panel discussion: The future of the rules-based order in the Asia Pacific
01:50:17
The international order is experiencing turbulence, with liberal internationalism and democracy facing multiple challenges, globally and in the region. Australian and British senior officials and experts will explore new roles that Australia and the UK can play in this period of rapid change to uphold and strengthen the rules-based order in the Asia Pacific. On 29 November the Lowy Institute hosted an expert panel and interactive discussion with a specially invited audience, chaired by Lowy Institute’s Executive Director Michael Fullilove and Sir John Holmes from the Ditchley Foundation. The panel consisted of Oxford University Professor Rosemary Foot, UK High Commissioner Menna Rawlings, ANU Professor of Strategic Studies Hugh White, and Justin Hayhurst, First Assistant Secretary, Foreign Policy White Paper Taskforce.
Nov 30, 2017
In conversation: Gideon Rachman and Michael Fullilove on Trump, Brexit, and the future of Asia
00:57:41
On 29 November, the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation between Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman and Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove on Donald Trump, Brexit, and the future of Asia. Gideon Rachman has been chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times since 2006 following a 15-year career at The Economist. In 2016 he won The Orwell Prize for political journalism and the European Press Prize for political commentary. Mr Rachman is one of the most influential and interesting commentators on international affairs. His columns, and his most recent book Easternisation, are essential reading for anyone who is interested in the world.
Nov 28, 2017
Book launch: Paul Keating launching 'John Curtin's War' by John Edwards
01:01:53
Using much new material, John Edwards’ vivid, landmark biography places John Curtin, Australia’s wartime leader, as a man of his times, puzzling through the immense changes in Australia and its region released by the mighty shock of the Pacific War. The biography locates the turning point in Australian history not at Gallipoli or the Western Front or even Federation, but in the Pacific War and Curtin’s Prime Ministership. On 27 November former Prime Minister Paul Keating launched the book at the Lowy Institute with a speech on Curtin and political leadership.
Nov 27, 2017
Panel discussion: Making Indonesia’s education system work
00:57:20
In the past two decades Indonesia has made great strides in improving access to education, as children begin school earlier and remain there longer than ever before. At the same time, however, quality and learning outcomes have been largely unchanged. A new Lowy Institute Analysis by the University of Melbourne’s Andrew Rosser explores how Indonesia’s underlying political and social relationships have contributed to this conundrum of access over quality. On 20 November the Lowy Institute hosted a discussion of the paper and its themes with Andrew Rosser, the Asia Institute's Dr Ken Setiawan and the Lowy Institute's Matthew Busch. In light of Australia’s development assistance to, and commercial links with, its near neighbour, the panel discussed how these lessons might shape Australia’s engagement with Indonesia. The Lowy Institute acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet for this event.
Nov 27, 2017
Richard Marles on Australia and the Pacific
00:56:32
On 21 November, the Lowy Institute hosted an address by the Hon Richard Marles MP, the Shadow Minister for Defence, who spoke on ‘Australia and the Pacific: A question of identity’. The Hon Richard Marles MP is the Federal Member for Corio. His previous appointments include Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister for Trade, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, and Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Affairs.
Nov 21, 2017
Quick comment: The same-sex marriage survey and Australia's place in the world
00:09:11
This morning the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the results of the same-sex marriage survey conducted earlier this year – of a turnout of 79.5% of eligible Australians, a total of 61.6% said 'Yes' to the question of whether the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. The Lowy Institute's Executive Director Michael Fullilove, Senior Fellow Sam Roggeveen and Research Associate Bonnie Bley discuss the result and what it means for Australia's place in the world and its international reputation.
Nov 15, 2017
Panel discussion: Trump goes to Asia
00:57:48
Donald Trump’s first trip to Asia as President, which began on 5 November, will bring his unique approach to diplomacy to our region for the first time. Over ten days, President Trump will visit five countries and attend two summits, and outline his Asia policy for the first time. How he responds to the pressures of these high-stakes meetings will set the tone of America’s relationship with Asia for the remainder of his presidency. On 10 November, the Lowy Institute hosted an expert panel to discuss President Trump’s early forays into Asia policy, featuring Euan Graham, Director of the Lowy Institute's International Security Program; Aaron Connelly, Research Fellow in the Lowy Institute's East Asia Program; and Huong Le Thu, Visiting Fellow at the ANU's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. The discussion was moderated by Dr Merriden Varrall, Director of the Lowy Institute's East Asia Program.
Nov 13, 2017
In conversation: Joseph Kahn on the future of China and the US
01:03:01
The relationship between China and the United States is central to security and prosperity in Asia. On 27 October Executive Director Michael Fullilove examined the future of this critical relationship in conversation with Managing Editor of The New York Times and long-time China watcher, Joseph Kahn. Together they explored issues such as the evolution of Asia policy under the Trump administration, the implications for Chinese foreign policy of this year’s 19th Party Congress in Beijing, and future developments on the Korean peninsula. Joseph Kahn has won two Pulitzer Prizes, including one for his coverage of China. He first reported from China in 1989 after the Tiananmen crackdown for The Dallas Morning News. In 1994 he joined The Wall Street Journal as a China correspondent. In 1998 he joined the Times, and was appointed Beijing bureau chief in 2003. He returned to New York in 2008 to become an editor for the Times.
Oct 27, 2017
Canberra Conversations: Gareth Evans, former Australian Foreign Minister
00:34:13
In this edition of Canberra Conversations, Lowy Institute Senior Fellow Sam Roggeveen speaks with Gareth Evans, former Australian Foreign Minister.
Oct 20, 2017
Launch of Choosing Openness by Andrew Leigh (Sydney)
00:56:34
In the early part of the twentieth century, the world turned inwards as fear shut down flows of people and goods across national borders. A century later, can we make a better choice? On 28 September the Lowy Institute launched of Choosing Openness, a new Lowy Institute Paper by the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP and published by Penguin Random House Australia, at the National Press Club in Canberra. Across the developed world, global engagement has become a major political fault line. Some say that trade, investment, and immigration are threats rather than opportunities. Global uncertainty, rising inequality, and populism present real challenges to globalists. Choosing Openness argues that Australia’s past prosperity has flowed from engaging with the world. An open Australia requires stronger advocacy and smarter policies.
Sep 28, 2017
The 2017 Lowy Institute Media Award – Bret Stephens on the dying art of disagreement
01:28:27
On 23 September the Lowy Institute hosted the 2017 Lowy Institute Media Award dinner, where the 2017 Award was won by Matt Brown of the ABC. New York Times columnist Bret Stephens delivered the keynote speech, addressing the dying art of disagreement.
Sep 23, 2017
Canberra Conversations: Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
00:31:33
In this edition of Canberra Conversations, Lowy Institute Senior Fellow Sam Roggeveen speaks with Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, about her life and career, the influences that shaped her, the media diet she consumes, as well as the challenges facing her department and the nation.
Sep 13, 2017
Quick comment: Milton Osborne on Cambodia's crackdown
00:10:06
The Lowy Institute's East Asia Program Research Fellow Aaron Connelly speaks with Milton Osborne, a former Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow and one of the world's leading historians of Cambodian politics, about recent political developments in the country and how to put them in the context of Cambodian history. In the middle of the night on Saturday, hundreds of police surrounded Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha’s house. Despite his parliamentary immunity, they arrested him and took him to the notorious Correctional Center 3 on the border with Vietnam. On Monday, prosecutors announced that they had charged Kem Sokha with treason for conspiring with the United States to overthrow the government. As evidence, they produced a video of a talk he had given in Australia four years earlier describing US support for democratisation in Cambodia. Under the Cambodian Constitution, parliamentary immunity is void if a member is caught committing a crime in flagrante delicto, or in the act, and the prosecutors said the video qualified. At the same time, the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen has been cracking down on Cambodia’s English-language press, handing a disputed $6.3 million tax bill to the Cambodia Daily that forced the paper's closure on Monday. The Cambodia Daily’s final headline ('Descent into Outright Dictatorship') summed up the high drama of the weekend’s crackdown.
Sep 06, 2017
Philip Dalidakis on Victoria’s Trade Statement
00:47:56
On 28 August in Melbourne, Lowy Institute Research Director Anthony Bubalo chaired the launch of ‘Globally Connected: Victoria’s Trade Statement’, by Victoria’s Trade Minister Philip Dalidakis.
Aug 31, 2017
Canberra Conversations: Mike Pezzullo, Secretary of the Dept of Immigration and Border Protection
00:35:49
Canberra has a large community of foreign-policy professionals - public servants, political staffers, diplomats, journalists, academics, students. In our new occasional podcast series ‘Canberra Conversations’, Lowy Institute Senior Fellow Sam Roggeveen will interview Canberra's national-security and foreign-policy leaders about their lives, their influences, and how they do their jobs. In the first episode of Canberra Conversations, Roggeveen speaks with Mike Pezzullo, Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the front-runner to head the powerful new Home Affairs Ministry upon its eventual formation.
Aug 29, 2017
In conversation: Michael Fullilove and James Curran on Australia’s uneasy alliance
01:00:44
Donald Trump has now been president of the United States for seven months. He is a very different president from his predecessors. What does this mean for Australia? How should we manage the US alliance in the age of Trump? The Executive Director of the Lowy Institute Michael Fullilove is the author of a new essay on the Trump administration and Australia in Foreign Affairs magazine. On 23 August, Dr Fullilove and Nonresident Fellow Professor James Curran, author of Fighting with America, discussed the first months of the Trump administration and Australia’s response.
Aug 23, 2017
In conversation: Kori Schake and Thomas Wright on the future of US global policy under Trump
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On 22 August the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with two of America’s leading analysts, Kori Schake of the Hoover Institution and Thomas Wright, Director at the Brookings Institution and Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow, who discussed how the Trump administration will deal with a range of foreign and security challenges. From North Korea’s missile program and the fight against Islamic State in the Middle East, to Russia’s resurgence and China’s growing assertiveness, this event examined the growing list of global challenges facing the United States and its allies such as Australia. Dr Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. She teaches Thinking About War at Stanford, is a contributing editor at the Atlantic, and also writes for War on the Rocks and Foreign Policy. She has served in various policy roles including at the White House for the National Security Council; at the Department of Defense for the Office of the Secretary and Joint Chiefs of Staff and the State Department for the Policy Planning Staff. During the 2008 presidential election, she was Senior Policy Advisor on the McCain-Palin campaign. In 2016, she edited the book Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military, with the current US Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis. Thomas Wright is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He is also a senior fellow in international order and strategy and Director of the Center for the the US.and Europe at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was Executive Director of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and senior researcher for the Princeton Project on National Security. Tom's book All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power was published by Yale University Press in May 2017.
Aug 22, 2017
In conversation: Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare
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On June 30 2017, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands came to an end, marking the conclusion of the longest Australian-led intervention mission in our history. RAMSI was a response to a tumultuous period in Solomon Islands history known locally as ‘The Tensions’. Since 2003, thousands of police, military and civilian personnel from 15 member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum have taken part in RAMSI to help restore law and order and strengthen Solomon Islands institutions. How successful has this intervention been and how has it left Solomon Islands? What challenges does Solomon Islands continue to face and what plans does the current government have to address those challenges? On 14 July the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and former RAMSI Special Coordinator James Batley about the lessons learnt from RAMSI, and what’s next for one of Australia’s closest neighbours, Solomon Islands.
Aug 14, 2017
Pascal Lamy on globalisation and the future of the Pacific: What role for the EU?
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Pascal Lamy, whose distinguished career includes former European Union Commissioner for Trade and former head of the World Trade Organization, is currently in Australia to discuss the future of the European Union’s relationship with the Pacific. The EU’s partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries has been guided by the so-called ‘Cotonou Agreement’, which expires in 2020. Negotiations on a new agreement will commence soon and present an opportunity to reflect a changing world and new landmark international agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals. On 3 August Mr Lamy addressed the Lowy Institute on how the Pacific may evolve: in the new era of Trumponomics(and end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership); in light of the rise of China; and in the context of new international trade agreements and shifting paradigms in development assistance – with a focus on the European Union.
Aug 03, 2017
The 2017 Lowy Lecture: UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
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On 27 July the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, delivered the 2017 Lowy Lecture at Sydney Town Hall.
Jul 27, 2017
Quick comment: Alanna Krolikowski on understanding China's aerospace developments
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The Lowy Institute's East Asia Program Director Merriden Varrall speaks to Alanna Krolikowski, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Alberta's China Institute and participant in the ANU's 17th annual China Update, on developments in China's aerospace sector.
Jul 26, 2017
In conversation: Dennis Richardson
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On 18 July the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with Dr Michael Fullilove and Dennis Richardson AO, who until his recent retirement was one of Australia’s most experienced and respected public servants. On 12 May 2017, Dennis Richardson retired as the Secretary of the Department of Defence, ending a storied public service career that began in 1969. In that time, he served as the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as Australian Ambassador to the United States and as Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. He was also Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1990 to 1991.
Jul 18, 2017
Penny Wong on Australia's national interests in a time of disruption
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On 6 July the Lowy Institute hosted an address from Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, who spoke on Australia's national interests in a time of disruption.
Jul 06, 2017
AMP China Lecture: Paul Blustein on China and the global economic order
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In 2001, China entered the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a watershed in the history of globalisation. Fully integrating China into the global economy had profound consequences, both positive and disruptive. Domestically, Beijing applied WTO rules to promote far-reaching market-based economic reforms. Internationally, China’s strong export industry has led to the decline of old-line industries in advanced economies. Recently China has adopted a number of technological and economic policies and practices which will have new implications for international markets. ​​​​​​​ On 5 July the Lowy Institute hosted journalist and author Paul Blustein and East Asia Program Director Dr Merriden Varrall in a discussion China’s changing engagement with the global economy and the dangers facing the trading system. A Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Paul has written widely on economic issues for more than 35 years, including for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and is the author of five books on international economic institutions.
Jul 05, 2017
In conversation: NYT Beijing Bureau Chief Jane Perlez on the view from the capital
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China’s continuously growing role in world affairs can’t help but capture our imaginations — but how does the world look from Beijing? Is President Xi navigating global affairs with a skilful coherent strategy, or are the Chinese elite opportunistically grabbing on to whatever they can catch? Join Jane Perlez, Beijing Bureau Chief of The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, for a discussion of politics in the Chinese capital with East Asia Program Director, Dr Merriden Varrall.
Jul 03, 2017
Panel discussion: Thailand's triple threat – Culture, politics, and security
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Following the passing of King Rama IX, Thailand is going through a period of significant political and social upheaval. On 28 June the Lowy Institute hosted a panel discussion at the National Gallery of Victoria on how Thailand will fare with its ‘triple threat’ of a royal transition, the entrenchment of military rule, and the potential escalation of separatist violence in its southern provinces. The discussion featured Nicholas Farrelly, the author of a forthcoming Lowy Institute Analysis of the situation. He was joined by Professor John Blaxland, Director, ANU Southeast Asia Institute and Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre; Dr Tyrell Haberkorn, Fellow at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and Mr Sunai Phasuk, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch. The discussion will be moderated by Lowy Institute's East Asia Program research fellow, Matthew Busch.
Jun 29, 2017
Jake Sullivan on US foreign policy in an age of populism
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US President Donald Trump dismisses decades-old alliances; the UK turns its back on a European project that brought peace and prosperity to a war-wracked continent; President Duterte overturns Filipino foreign policy to adopt a pro-Beijing line. Populist political forces are on the rise in some of the world’s great democracies, including in the US, India, the UK and other parts of Europe. What does the age of populism mean for American foreign policy and for the global order? On 15 June at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Lowy Institute heard from a campaigner on the front line against the darker impulses of populism - Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton’s closest foreign policy confidant.
Jun 27, 2017
In conversation: Jake Sullivan on the US and the world
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Jake Sullivan, former senior foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton, describes the post-World War II order as “like the Parthenon” - with columns that included the United Nations, NATO, and the various Bretton Woods institutions. Now, in the age of Trump, Brexit, and China’s rise, we are entering a phase with fewer clean lines. “It’s surprising, it’s sometimes formal and sometimes informal, sometimes linear and sometimes ad hoc, sometimes shiny and sometimes not.” On 19 June, Lowy Institute Director of Digital and Senior Fellow Sam Roggeveen hosted a conversation with Hillary Clinton’s closest foreign policy confidant Jake Sullivan.
Jun 22, 2017
Jake Sullivan on US strategy in the Asia Pacific
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As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton led one of the Obama Administration’s signature foreign policy initiatives, the ‘pivot’ to Asia. On 13 June, the Lowy Institute heard an address from Hillary Clinton’s closest foreign policy confidant, Jake Sullivan, about what motivated the pivot and what US Asia policy will look like under President Trump and beyond. A rising China, a belligerent North Korea and an unruly ASEAN are among the many challenges facing the US in the Asia-Pacific. Can this still be ‘America’s Pacific Century’, as Clinton promised when she first described the pivot in 2011? The annual Owen Harries Lecture honours the enormous contribution Mr Harries, a Nonresident Fellow of the Lowy Institute, has made to the international policy debate in Australia. Jake Sullivan was senior foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election campaign, having ‘quietly catapulted through the ranks of the Democratic foreign policy establishment’, as Vox magazine put it. Sullivan had earlier served as senior aide to President Obama, national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and Director of Policy Planning at the US Department of State, as well as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2013 Sullivan launched and co-led the secret negotiations with Iran about its nuclear program, paving the way for the November 2013 nuclear agreement. Previous Lowy Institute Distinguished International Fellows include Kurt Campbell, Stephen Hadley, Ambassador Shyam Saran and David Ignatius. The Lowy Institute would like to thank Telstra, the sponsor of the Distinguished International Fellowship Program.
Jun 13, 2017
Panel Discussion: Georgina Downer and Thomas Bentley on the UK Election
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British Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap election – the first early election in the UK since 1974. Opinion polls indicate her Conservative government is in for a thumping victory, but in an era of voter volatility, is this an unnecessary gamble? Or will May get the mandate she wants to negotiate the UK’s exit from the European Union on the best terms? On 9 June, the day after UK polling day, Georgina Downer and Thomas Bentley discussed what the results mean for the UK, EU and the world.
Jun 09, 2017
Kevin Hyland on Eradicating Modern Slavery
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Mr Hyland is the United Kingdom’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. The Commissioner’s role is to lead the UK’s efforts to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. Mr Hyland addressed the Lowy Institute on what is one of the most significant global human rights issues of the modern day, and the domestic and international actions countries can take to tackle it. Kevin Hyland was head of the London Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, and has over 30 years’ experience of investigating serious and organised crime. Mr Hyland was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for "services to Combating Human Trafficking" in the 2015 New Year Honours. While in Australia, Mr Hyland participated in a public hearing at the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade parliamentary inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.
Jun 01, 2017
Panel Discussion: Jiyoung Song and Euan Graham on North Korea
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North Korea is moving closer to its cherished strategic goal: the possession of a functioning nuclear missile capable of hitting the United States. The regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests have gathered pace, creating a momentum which US and regional policy makers are struggling to control. Sanctions have failed to halt the development of the North’s nuclear program. The recent, brazen assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother by an outlawed chemical weapon in Malaysia’s main airport is also widely believed to have been carried out at Pyongyang’s direction, although no North Korean suspects have been brought to justice. While South Korea has lived with North Korea’s provocative behaviour for decades, how will other neighbours and the Trump administration deal with the looming threat? Is there a US-China “grand bargain” on the cards? Will the United States pursue unilateral counter-measures? Or does the solution lie elsewhere – with the possibility that a new South Korean president will pursue a pro-engagement strategy? Dr Euan Graham, Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute and Korean foreign policy expert, Dr Jiyoung Song discussed the future of North Korea and how it will shape regional security.
May 30, 2017
Quick comment: Sebastian Mallaby on Trump, the Fed and the global economy
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Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Stephen Grenville speaks with Sebastian Mallaby, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about how US President Donald Trump might interact with the US Federal Reserve, what lessons the Reserve Bank of Australia might draw from the US, and the impact of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan.
May 26, 2017
Panel discussion: China's population challenges (AMP China Series)
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China is a rapidly ageing country. According to the World Bank, the working age population is predicted to fall by 10% by 2040. While the size of the workforce is falling, the pool of over 65s are rising, predicted to reach 350 million by the same year. What are the economic effects of a shrinking labour pool and rising number of aged dependents, and how will the two-child policy limit these effects? On 22 May the Lowy Institute hosted a panel of Dr Merriden Varrall, Director of the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, Dr Jane Golley, Associate Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University and Dr John Edwards, Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, to explore how population dynamics will shape China’s economy and what it means for our economic future at large. The Lowy Institute acknowledges the support of AMP for this event.
May 22, 2017
Panel discussion: Iran’s presidential elections
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With the race for Iran’s presidency heating up as hardline candidates join the contest, on 10 May the Lowy Institute hosted a panel moderated by Deputy Director Anthony Bubalo to preview Iran’s crucial presidential elections on 19 May. Joining Anthony were Dr Rodger Shanahan, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute; Dr Naser Ghobadzadeh, from the Australian Catholic University; and Alice Drury, who lived and studied in Iran between 2014 and 2016.
May 17, 2017
Panel discussion: Paul Keating and Allan Gyngell on the history of Australian foreign affairs
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Allan Gyngell's new book 'Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World since 1942' is an authoritative account of the way Australians and their governments have helped create the world we now inhabit. On 26 April the Lowy Institute hosted Allan Gyngell, former Executive Director of the Lowy Institute and former Prime Minister Paul Keating for a discussion of the history of Australian foreign affairs and its impact on our place in the world now, moderated by Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove.
Apr 26, 2017
Panel discussion: Engaging young Australians and Papua New Guineans in the political process
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Australia and Papua New Guinea have a strong and unique relationship, with ties spanning historical, economic, political and cultural spheres. The depth of our shared history goes far beyond the Kokoda Track and wartime experiences that most Australians associate with PNG. Many Australians don’t realise that PNG is Australia’s nearest neighbour and former colony, marking 42 years of independence this year. The strong personal relationships that existed at the time of independence are deteriorating and with them an understanding of PNG in Australia, particularly among the next generation of Australian leaders. At the same time, youth engagement in politics on both sides of the Torres Strait is at an historic low. On 10 April the Lowy Institute Aus-PNG Network hosted a panel of exceptional young Australian and Papua New Guinean leaders who are working to engage their peers in the political process.
 
 Panellists included Barbra Thomas, Executive Director of The Voice Inc., a youth leadership development organisation running programs in PNG’s major universities; Arianne Kassman, Interim Executive Director of Transparency International PNG; a representative from Oaktree, Australia’s largest youth-led development agency; and Benson Saulo, Group Indigenous Opportunities Manager at Australian Unity and founding and former Director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy. The discussion was chaired by Anna Kirk, Research Associate in the Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute.
Apr 20, 2017
In conversation: Bobo Lo on what the China-Russia relationship means for the world (Melbourne)
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With Western countries consumed by domestic problems, will it be China and Russia that now define the rules of global politics? On 11 April the Lowy Institute at the National Gallery of Victoria hosted an in-conversation with International Securirty Program Director Euan Graham and Nonresident Fellow Bobo Lo on the new Lowy Institute Paper published by Penguin Random House Australia, A Wary Embrace. In a disorderly world, each has become increasingly assertive, and their partnership has emerged from relative obscurity to acquire a new prominence. Yet appearances are deceptive. Beijing and Moscow have shown no capacity to cooperate on grand strategy or establish new international norms. This is no authoritarian alliance, but a partnership of strategic convenience – pragmatic, calculating and constrained.
Apr 19, 2017
Panel discussion: Why citizens should win the battle for control over sovereign wealth
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How can it be that governments are wealthier than ever, yet fewer citizens enjoy the benefits that such wealth can bring? Never before have so many governments owned so much wealth in the form of financial assets amassed in state-controlled investment funds. Despite this, deficits persist, inequality worsens and the effects of the 2008 crash still reverberate. “Citizens’ wealth” – creating an additional source of revenue by turning states into wealth-owners - is a long-established idea, but we are yet to see this powerful tool used to its full effect. On 5 April the Lowy Institute hosted for a panel discussion on this topic with Angela Cummine, political theorist and author of Citizens’ Wealth: Why (and How) Sovereign Funds Should be Managed By the People For the People; David Murray, former CEO of the Commonwealth Bank; Paul Cleary, senior journalist at The Australian; and Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Dr John Edwards.
Apr 07, 2017
Panel discussion: The forgotten dimension – climate change and national security
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Climate change accelerates instability in unexpected ways. Growing water scarcity, declining crop yields, and rising prices are catalysts for displacement and conflict, as witnessed in recent years in Syria and in the European migration crisis. The national security dimension of climate change receives little attention in Australia, but is the subject of intense focus overseas - particularly in the United States. On 4 April the Lowy Institute screened a condensed version of the 2016 film, The Age of Consequences, which analyses the link between climate change and security, followed by a panel discussion. The panel comprised Sherri Goodman, Founder and Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board; Ian Dunlop, an international oil, gas and coal industry expert and former chair of the Australian Coal Association; and Alan Dupont, Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute and CEO of the Cognoscenti Group.
Apr 05, 2017
In conversation: Bobo Lo on what the China-Russia relationship means for the world
00:57:01
With Western countries consumed by domestic problems, will it be China and Russia that now define the rules of global politics? On 5 April the Lowy Institute hosted the Sydney launch of A Wary Embrace, a new Lowy Institute Paper published by Penguin Random House Australia with Bobo Lo. In a disorderly world, each has become increasingly assertive, and their partnership has emerged from relative obscurity to acquire a new prominence. Yet appearances are deceptive. Beijing and Moscow have shown no capacity to cooperate on grand strategy or establish new international norms. This is no authoritarian alliance, but a partnership of strategic convenience – pragmatic, calculating and constrained.
Apr 05, 2017
In conversation: Mark 'Dashan' Rowswell and Merriden Varrall on China and the world
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The Lowy Institute's East Asia Program Director Merriden Varrall speaks to Mark 'Dashan (大山)' Rowswell, an extremely prominent Canadian Chinese-language comedian and performer, about Dashan's perspective on what constitutes 'friendship' in China, how Chinese choose to self-identify and the notion of 'identity bubbles', and the consequences of all this for China's international relationships. Dashan will in Australia performing in Mandarin at the Melbourne Comedy Festival from 13 April to 16 April, and at the Sydney Comedy Festival on 28 April.
Apr 04, 2017
Thomas Wright on what the Trump Administration means for Asia (Melbourne)
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'Grievance against the rest of the world is not just a part of Trump’s ideology, it is at its very core.' That is the judgement of Dr Thomas Wright, a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. That sense of grievance is already affecting America’s posture in Asia, with the Trump administration’s decision to walk away from the TPP trade agreement. On 20 March in Melbourne, Dr Thomas Wright addressed the Lowy Institute on what the Trump Administration means for America’s place in Asia’s economic and strategic order.
Mar 22, 2017
Harold Hongju Koh on the outlook for international law under President Trump
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On 16 March Professor Koh addressed the Lowy Institute on the future of international law under the Trump administration. Professor Koh is an international lawyer and legal scholar. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the Legal Adviser to the State Department in the Obama administration, and was the most senior legal adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He also served as the Dean of Yale Law School, and returned there as a professor in international law following his departure from the State Department.
Mar 16, 2017
Chris Bowen on the global economy and progress in turbulent times
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With protectionist sentiment growing around the world, on 7 March the Lowy Institute hosted the Shadow Treasurer the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, who reflected on the importance of growing trade pathways in our region and the continuing importance of trade for a small open economy such as Australia.
Mar 07, 2017
Quick comment: Seiichiro Takagi on China, Trump and Japan-Australia relations
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International Security Program Director Euan Graham speaks to Seiichiro Takagi, Senior Research Advisor at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, on China's upcoming 19th Party Congress, the impact of the Trump Administration on regional security, and the current state of Japan-China and Japan-Australia relations.
Feb 27, 2017
Quick comment: USAF Lieutenant Colonel David Skalicky on F-22 operations in Northern Australia
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International Security Program Director Euan Graham speaks to Lieutenant Colonel David Skalicky from the US Air Force on the F-22s now operating out of RAAF Base Tindal, the differences between the F-22 and other aircraft, and the Australian exchange pilot currently flying in Skalicky's squadron.
Feb 24, 2017
Panel discussion: The foreign policy white paper explained
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At a time of significant uncertainty about the shape of the future global order, the Australian Government is preparing its first foreign policy white paper since 2003. On 15 February, the Lowy Institute hosted the former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Varghese AO in conversation with Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove and Director of Polling Alex Oliver for a timely discussion about the White Paper process and how Australia should position itself to advance its interests over the next decade. Peter Varghese AO was Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2012 to 2016 and is the 14th Chancellor of the University of Queensland. His previous appointments include High Commissioner to India, Director-General of the Office of National Assessments, High Commissioner to Malaysia, and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia. Mr Varghese was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration, particularly in leading reform in the Australian intelligence community and as an adviser in the areas of foreign policy and international security. Mr Varghese was head of the White Paper Secretariat (1996-97) which drafted Australia’s first White Paper on foreign and trade policy.
Feb 15, 2017
In conversation: Mike Morell, former Acting Director of the CIA
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Intelligence agencies have never been more newsworthy than they are now. Developments in digital technology have made secrets less secure and leaks more common. In this new landscape, the barriers to disinformation and interference have been lowered. On 14 February, Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the CIA, joined the Lowy Institute for an conversation on these issues. In a career spanning over thirty years, Michael Morell rose to the rank of Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and twice served as its Acting Director. He is a senior fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, a counsellor at Beacon Global Strategies, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Feb 14, 2017
Panel discussion: The year ahead (Melbourne)
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On 9 Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria, Lowy Institute Chief Operating Officer Louisa Fitz-Gerald chaired a panel of Dr Euan Graham, Director of the International Security Program; Mr Aaron Connelly, Research Fellow in the East Asia Program; and Dr John Edwards, Nonresident Fellow in the International Economy Program, to examine the key issues likely to dominate the international agenda in Asia, the United States and the international economy in 2017.
Feb 13, 2017
Major General Roger Noble on fighting Islamic State in Iraq
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On 8 February Major General Roger Noble addressed the Lowy Institute and provided frontline insights into the war against Islamic State. In his role as Deputy Coalition Land Force Commander Iraq, he is effectively second-in-command in the international fight against IS in Iraq. Major General Noble gave a unique and contemporary overview of the state of the anti-Islamic State campaign, the performance of the Iraqi forces, and likely challenges for the post-conflict future of Iraq. Based on the experience of 2016, he discussed some observations of enduring relevance to the conduct of 21st-century military operations. Major General Roger Noble enlisted in the Army in 1984 and began military life as a staff cadet at the Royal Military College. From 1989 to 2004, he served in a variety of regimental appointments in cavalry, APC and tank units. In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed Director of Studies at the Australian Command and Staff College. In 2010, he was promoted to Brigadier, and has completed appointments as Commander 3rd Brigade, Director Special Operations Capability in Special Operations Command, and Director General Land Development, Capability Development Group. He was promoted to Major General in November 2016 and deployed with the US 101st Airborne Division as Deputy Coalition Land Force Commander, Iraq. He will be posted as Deputy Commander US Army Pacific with effect 1 March 2017.
Feb 09, 2017
Akiko Fukushima on the Australia-Japan relationship
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On 7 February Professor Akiko Fukushima of Aoyama Gakuin University and the Tokyo Foundation addressed the Lowy Institute on the future of the Australia-Japan security partnership. Her visit comes at a moment of high anxiety and uncertainty in alliance relations and regional security for the Asia-Pacific region. Changes of leadership in Washington and Manila, as well as China’s increasing presence in the South China Sea, are motivating US allies to consider new axes of stability to promote steady leadership, uphold a rules-based regional order, and reduce security concerns. Following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Australia, Professor Fukushima examined how, as like-minded allies and bilateral partners, Australia and Japan can cooperate for peace and security in the Asia-Pacific. Professor Akiko Fukushima is a Research Fellow at the Asia International Centre and a Senior Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation. She has a Master’s degree in International Economy and International Relations from: Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in International Public Policy from Osaka University. She has previously held roles as Director of Policy Studies at the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA) and as Senior Fellow at the Japan Foundation. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the EU-Asia Centre in Brussels and co-editor of Global Governance magazine. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia and is a member of Prime Minister Abe’s Advisory Panel on National Security and Defence Capabilities. This event is kindly sponsored by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Feb 07, 2017
Panel discussion: The year ahead (Sydney)
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On 6 February, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove chaired a panel of Institute experts to examine the key issues likely to dominate the international agenda in Asia, the United States and the international economy in 2017.
Feb 07, 2017
Quick comment: Kim Woo-sang on Australia and South Korea
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The Lowy Institute's International Security Program Director Euan Graham speaks to Prof Kim Woo-sang, former South Korean Ambassador to Australia and Professor in Political Science and International Studies at Yonsei University, about the future of the bilateral relationship, the stability of the region, Australia and South Korea as middle powers, and North Korea. Prof Kim Woo-sang is co-chairing the inaugural Australia-Korea Emerging Leaders in International Security Forum this week, sponsored by the Korea Foundation.
Feb 02, 2017
Panel discussion: America, Asia and Australia in the age of Trump
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There is no question that Donald Trump's particular brand of populism has upended American politics, but we are only now beginning to understand what it might mean for Australia and our region. On 31 January the Lowy Institute convened a panel to discuss the implications this most improbable event for Australia, Asia, and US politics. Panellists: Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Alex Oliver, Director of the Polling Program, Aaron Connelly, East Asia Research Fellow and James Curran, Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney.
Jan 31, 2017
Quick comment: Josh Kurlantzick on Laos and the CIA
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The Interpreter's Managing Editor Emma Connors speaks to the Council on Foreign Relation Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia Josh Kurlantzick about his new book, 'A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA'.
Jan 25, 2017
Quick comment: Matthew Dal Santo on Russia-Turkey relations and the Karlov assassination
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Interpreter Managing Editor Emma Connors speaks to Matthew Dal Santo, a Danish Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen, about the assassination of Andrei Karlov, Russia's Ambassador to Turkey, and the general state of the Turkey-Russia relationship.
Dec 20, 2016
Admiral Harry Harris on America's enduring interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific
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Admiral Harris visits Australia at an important juncture in alliance relations and regional security, as a new administration prepares to take over the reins in Washington. This year has seen a number of key regional developments, from the Arbitral Tribunal case in the South China Sea, to presidential elections in the Philippines and the United States. There were also a number of other key developments in Australia’s defence, including a new White Paper, a decision on future submarines, and agreement on the terms for hosting rotational US Marine deployments in the Northern Territory. Admiral Harris will highlight key enduring security interests for the US in this fast-moving regional and alliance context. In his role as Commander US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris is responsible for military operations in an area which encompasses more than 100 million square miles—more than half the earth’s surface. Admiral Harris graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1978 and undertook graduate studies in East Asia security at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and Oxford University. He has served in every geographic combatant command region, and participated in a range of major operations, including Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Odyssey Dawn (Libya, 2011). Harris’ staff assignments include aide to commander, US Naval Forces Japan; chief speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and three tours on the Navy Staff. Harris was promoted to Admiral and assumed command of the US Pacific Fleet in October 2013. In May 2015, he assumed command of the US Pacific Command.
Dec 14, 2016
Julie Bishop on Australia and the UN Human Rights Council
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Australia has long been a proponent of international efforts to advance the cause of human rights. This is all the more important at a time when democracy and human rights have suffered serious setbacks in many parts of the world. On 12 December Australia's Foreign Minister the Hon. Julie Bishop MP visited the Lowy Institute for World Human Rights Day, which commemorates the date that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Minister discussed Australia’s candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council in 2018-2020.
Dec 12, 2016
'Are we there yet?' – Natasha Stott Despoja
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On 6 December, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, looked at destinations reached and travels still to be undertaken in the global journey towards gender equality. At the conclusion of her three year term as one of Australia’s key international advocates for gender equality, Ms Stott Despoja reflected on the progress on the global goal of gender equality. Drawing from her visits to 31 countries to promote Australia’s programs and policies to advance women’s empowerment, and her representation of Australia at 29 multilateral and regional gender equality conferences, Ambassador Stott Despoja provided insights into progress towards “Planet 50:50”.
Dec 06, 2016
Quick comment: Rodger Shanahan on Neil Prakash
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Interpreter Managing Editor Emma Connors speaks to Lowy Institute Research Fellow Rodger Shanahan about Neil Prakash and the likely consequences of extraditing him to Australia.
Dec 01, 2016
Panel discussion: Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq – The day after
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Whatever form the resolution to the Syrian civil war takes, one of the by-products will be thousands of experienced, ideologically motivated foreign fighters who will remain an international security threat for years, if not decades, to come. On 29 November the Lowy Institute convened a panel in Melbourne of the Lowy Institute's Dr Rodger Shanahan and Dr Lydia Khalil (chaired by Anthony Bubalo) to examine the ways in which the foreign fighter threat may develop, and how Australia and the rest of the international security community can best prepare for the ‘day after’.
Dec 01, 2016
Quick comment: Rodger Shanahan on the battle of Aleppo
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Lowy Institute Research Fellow Rodger Shanahan updates Interpreter Managing Editor Emma Connors on the advances made by the Syrian government in the city of Aleppo.
Nov 29, 2016
Quick comment: Sam Geall on Trump, China and climate change negotiations
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Associate Editor at the Interpreter John Gooding speaks with Dr Sam Geall, research fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, associate fellow at Chatham House, and executive editor of China Dialogue, about Trump's and China's approach to international climate change negotiations, China's environment and energy policies, and grassroots environmentalism in China.
Nov 23, 2016
Panel discussion: The Lowy Institute explains the US election (in Melbourne)
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On 15 November, a panel of Alex Oliver, director of the Lowy Institute’s Polling Program, Daniel Flitton, senior correspondent for The Age, and Aaron Connelly, East Asia Research Fellow and an American who has watched the Washington foreign policy scene from inside the beltway, discussed the results of the US election, the likely foreign policy direction of the new administration and its ramifications for Australia during an event at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
Nov 16, 2016
Quick comment: Peter Feaver on the transition to Trump's presidency
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The Interpreter's Managing Editor Emma Connors speaks to Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy at Duke University and former National Security Council advisor under George W Bush, about what to expect during the transition of the US presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump.
Nov 15, 2016
Quick comment: James Curran on Trump and Australia
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Shortly after the presidential race was called in favour of Donald Trump on 9 November, Interpreter Associate Editor John Gooding spoke with James Curran, professor of history at the University of Sydney and author of the upcoming Lowy Institute Paper 'Fighting with America', about the future of middle power coalitions in the Asia-Pacific and of NATO in Europe under a President Trump.
Nov 09, 2016
Panel discussion: The Lowy Institute explains the US election
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On Wednesday, 9 November, a panel of Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Alex Oliver, Director of the Polling Program, Aaron Connelly, East Asia Research Fellow and James Curran, Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, discussed the results of the US election, the likely foreign policy direction of the new administration and its ramifications for Australia at the Lowy Institute in Sydney.
Nov 09, 2016
Michael Keenan on the evolving terrorist threat in Australia
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On 27 October, the Lowy Institute hosted a lecture by The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism on the evolving terrorist threat to Australia. Mr Keenan’s role within the government is to lead the Commonwealth’s efforts to counter violent extremism and to ensure effective and integrated implementation of Australia’s counterterrorism strategy. He is the primary contact for the Prime Minister for both day-to-day counterterrorism matters and in a terrorism crisis. The Hon Michael Keenan MP was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, and was appointed Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism in May 2015. He has served as Minister for Justice since September 2013. He has a BA from Murdoch University and Charles University, Prague, a BA (Hons) from the Australian National University and a MPhil from Cambridge University.
Oct 26, 2016
Panel discussion: The future of the Australia-China relationship
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Against the background of growing public discussion in Australia over the nature of our relationship with China, on 17 October Lowy Institute Executive Director, Dr Michael Fullilove chaired a panel of Lowy Institute experts to explore the future of Australia-China ties. East Asia Program Director Dr Merriden Varrall, International Security Program Director Dr Euan Graham, and Research Fellow Peter Cai debated some of the key issues that will shape the relationship, from China’s regional ambitions and how these are perceived, to the political and economic changes taking place within China.
Oct 17, 2016
Panel discussion: Postcolonial Hong Kong – 19 years after the British handover
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Almost two decades have passed since the Hong Kong handover ceremony and much has changed for the now self-governing special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. On 17 October the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with Anson Chan, former Chief Secretary of the Hong Kong government both before and after the handover, and Martin CM Lee (Lee Chu Ming), founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Democratic Party. Chan and Lee will discuss Hong Kong’s relationship with the mainland, the outcome and implications of the recently concluded elections for the Legislative Council, and why Hong Kong should matter to the rest of the world. Anson Chan retired as the Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in 2001. As Chief Secretary, she headed the 190 000-strong civil service. She was the first woman and the first Chinese to hold the second-highest governmental position in Hong Kong. During her career in the public service she was responsible for development of Hong Kong’s economic infrastructure including the planning and construction of Hong Kong’s new international airport, port expansion, and deregulation of the telecommunications market. Martin CM Lee (Lee Chu Ming) is a Senior Counsel (formerly, Queen’s Counsel). He is the founding Chairman (1994–2002) of the Democratic Party, which is one of the largest and most popular political parties in Hong Kong, and was an elected member of the Legislative Council from 1985 to 2008. The European People’s Party and European Democrats in the European Parliament named Mr Lee the first non-European recipient of the Schuman Medal in January 2000. In 1997, the National Endowment for Democracy presented its Democracy Award to Mr Lee at a Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington DC.
Oct 17, 2016
2016 Owen Harries Lecture – Jean-David Levitte on a world of shocks and disruptions
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'On the global chessboard, we can no longer attempt to predict the future - whether of nations or of the international system - on the basis of past or present trends…We are living in a period of disruptions and discontinuity that is far from ending and is increasingly out of control.' Jean-David Levitte, the Lowy Institute’s inaugural Distinguished European Fellow, wrote those prescient words in 2013. Jean-David Levitte is coming to Sydney to discuss this world of shocks and disruptions. Please join us at the Lowy Institute to hear his perspective on the threat of Islamic State in the Middle East and Europe, the state of the European project after Brexit, and the rise of new powers in Asia. The annual Owen Harries Lecture honours the enormous contribution Mr Harries, a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, has made to the international policy debate in Australia. Jean-David Levitte was the senior foreign policy adviser to Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac and served on the presidential staff of Valery Giscard d’Estaing. He has held senior positions in the French Foreign Ministry, including as assistant secretary for Asia. He was the French ambassador to the United Nations in New York from 2000 to 2002 (chairing the Security Council on 9/11), and the Ambassador of France to the United States in Washington, DC during the war in Iraq.
Oct 13, 2016
A turning tide? Angus Campbell on Australia’s strategic defence interests
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The Australian Army has operated as an expeditionary continental army for most of its history. However, the 2016 Defence White Paper reflects an affirmation of strategic policy that positions Australia’s security within the maritime environment of the Indo-Pacific region. Does this mark a turning of the tide for Australia’s strategic defence operations? On 4 October, the Lowy Institute hosted an address from Australia's Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, which explored the changing nature of Australia’s defence strategy in a new maritime environment and its implications for the Australian Army. Lieutenant General Campbell was appointed Chief of the Australian Army on 16 May 2015. He served as Chief of Staff to General Peter Cosgrove and later Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston during their respective tenures as Chief of the Defence Force. He was appointed as Commander Joint Task Force 633 in 2011, responsible for all Australian forces deployed in the Middle East and Afghanistan, for which service he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University, and is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College.
Oct 12, 2016
Martin Parkinson on the future of international economic engagement
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On 6 October the Lowy Institute hosted an address by the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Dr Martin Parkinson PSM on the government’s work to strengthen the effectiveness of the G20 and the importance of promoting dialogue between governments, business, academics and non-government organisations. This address was also be the final public event for the Lowy Institute’s G20 Studies Centre. Dr Martin Parkinson PSM was appointed as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in December 2015. He previously served as Secretary of the Department of the Treasury between March 2011 and December 2014. Between 1997 and 2000, he worked at the International Monetary Fund on the reform of the global financial architecture. He is a former member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and has received the Public Service Medal for his contribution to the development of economic policy.
Oct 11, 2016
'Staying the Course: Keeping the door open to our economy' - An address from Scott Morrison
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On Friday, 30 September the Lowy Institute hosted The Hon Scott Morrison MP for an address on the importance of trade, investment, and positive immigration policies to Australia’s economic future.
Sep 30, 2016
Panel discussion – Anxious about the US, unsure on China: Australians & the 2016 Lowy Institute Poll
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According to this year’s Lowy Institute Poll, Australians are anxious about the prospect of a Trump presidency, and have serious reservations about China, despite it being our largest trading partner and ‘new best friend’ in Asia. On 27 September, Poll author Alex Oliver convened a distinguished panel with MP and co-author of Two futures: Australia at a critical moment, entrepreneur Tim Watts, youth advocate Holly Ransom, and Sky News foreign affairs correspondent Jim Middleton for a discussion of some of the many thought-provoking findings of this year’s Lowy Institute Poll.
Sep 29, 2016
Quick comment: Richard McGregor on Xi Jinping
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Interpreter Founding Editor Sam Roggeveen talks to former Financial Times China bureau chief Richard McGregor on Xi’s record as China’s leader, his reputation both at home and abroad, and how much control he really exercises over foreign policy decision-making
Sep 28, 2016
In conversation: Fred Smith reflects on the Afghanistan frontline
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With the problems of fragile and conflict-affected states increasingly impossible to ignore, the international community has learned from bitter experience that our interventions need to be well calibrated to the political and tribal dynamics on the ground to have any chance of succeeding. On 22 September Lowy Institute Deputy Director Anthony Bubalo hosted Fred Smith for a captivating conversation focusing on reflections from Fred’s two years working as a diplomat and political officer on the frontline of Australia’s mission in Afghanistan, recently distilled into his fascinating memoir, The Dust of Uruzgan. In his 20-year career at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Fred Smith has developed a specialisation in fragile and conflict-affected states, and carved out an unusual niche. His work as a peace monitor, radio broadcaster and musician following the Bougainville crisis is the subject of the documentary, Bougainville Sky. Fred served for two years as a diplomat in southern Afghanistan, working alongside Australian soldiers in Uruzgan Province. Working on the Multinational Base in Tarin Kowt, as well as from a forward Operating Base in the Chora Valley, Fred’s second career as a musician came to the fore. His guitar served as a bridge, not only to the troops, but also to the people and tribal leaders of that war-torn region. His acclaimed album Dust of Uruzgan earned him comparisons to the great Australian songwriters Eric Bogle, John Schumann and Don Walker. The title track was recorded by Lee Kernaghan on his bestselling Spirit of the ANZACs album. Fred has also written a book – The Dust of Uruzgan – the first comprehensive on-the-ground account of Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan. He is currently a Senior Policy Officer in the Civil Military and Stabilisation Policy Section of DFAT’s Humanitarian Division.
Sep 22, 2016
Quick comment: Eve Warburton on Jokowi and Indonesian politics
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Lowy Institute Research Fellow Aaron Connelly sat down with ANU's Eve Warburton to discuss Jokowi's consolidation of power, how Jokowi's style differs from SBY, what's on Jokowi's policy agenda, and resource nationalism in Indonesia.
Sep 20, 2016
Quick comment: M Chatib Basri on Indonesian economic and politics
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Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Stephen Grenville speaks to Dr M Chatib Basri (former Indonesian finance minister and Thee Kian Wie distinguished visiting professor at the Australian National University), on the role of economics in Indonesian politics over the years, being humbled by political reality, where Jokowi is turning to for advice on economics, how the international economy is affecting Indonesia, and the problems with the nation's budget.
Sep 19, 2016
Quick comment: Rodger Shanahan on the threat posed by foreign fighters
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The Interpreter's Managing Editor Emma Connors talks to Lowy Institute Research Fellow Rodger Shanahan on the threat of foreign fighters leaving Iraq and Syria as Islamic State continues to weaken.
Sep 14, 2016
David Ignatius on the US election and its impact on US foreign policy
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“A Trump presidency could open the way for China’s strategic dominance in Asia and elsewhere”, David Ignatius wrote recently in his Washington Post column. Ignatius, one of America’s most distinguished foreign-policy writers, is coming to Melbourne to discuss the upcoming presidential poll, and what it means for America’s place in Asia and the world. On 22 August the Lowy Institute hosted an address from David at the National Gallery of Victoria on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and America’s direction under a new president. David Ignatius is the Lowy Institute’s 2016 Telstra Distinguished International Fellow. David writes a foreign affairs column for the Washington Post and is one of America’s most respected foreign-policy commentators. David has also written eight spy novels. He joined The Post in 1986 and in 1990 he became foreign editor. He began writing his column in 1998 and continued even during a three-year stint as executive editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris. David has received multiple honours for his writing and journalism, including the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary, Legion of Honor from the French Republic, the Urbino World Press Award from the Italian Republic, and a lifetime achievement award from the International Committee for Foreign Journalism. Previous Lowy Institute Distinguished International Fellows were Kurt Campbell, Stephen Hadley and Ambassador Shyam Saran. The Lowy Institute would like to thank its sponsor, Telstra.
Aug 23, 2016
David Ignatius on world order in the age of ISIS and a rising Asia
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On 16 August, the Lowy Institute hosted David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and 2016 Telstra Distinguished International Fellow, for an address on the decay of the Middle East, the rise of a more assertive China, and America’s response to these challenges under a new president.
Aug 16, 2016
'A Global ABC' – An address from Michelle Guthrie at the 2016 Lowy Institute Media Awards
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On 11 August, at the 2016 Lowy Institute Media Awards dinner, the keynote address was delivered by Michelle Guthrie, managing director of the ABC.
Aug 11, 2016
James Cockayne on the hidden triumvirate: The state, the Mafia, and legitimate business
00:57:41
On 10 August the Lowy Institute hosted an address from James Cockayne, a strategist, international lawyer and writer. A visiting lecturer at Columbia University, a Hauser scholar at New York University School of Law, and a University Medallist in government and public administration at the University of Sydney, Dr. Cockayne has worked in public service, academia and the advocacy arena. He was Co-Director of the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, leading their work in New York and Africa. Earlier, Dr. Cockayne served as Principal Legal Officer in the Transnational Crime and Extradition Units in the Australian Attorney-General’s Department; as Chair of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of International Criminal Justice; and also as a civil society member of the multistakeholder group that established an oversight mechanism for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers. Dr. Cockayne has at various times been a consultant and adviser to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the World Bank, the Center on Humanitarian Dialogue, International Alert, the Norwegian Peacebuilding Forum, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, and the Global Leadership Forum. His books include Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organized Crime (Hurst, forthcoming 2016); Peace Operations and Organized Crime: Enemies or Allies? (Routledge, 2011), edited with Adam Lupel; and Beyond Market Forces: Regulating the Global Security Industry (IPI, 2009).
Aug 11, 2016
In conversation with the Global Infrastructure Hub's Chris Heathcote
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Sydney became the world’s infrastructure capital in 2014 with the establishment of the Global Infrastructure Hub by the G20. On 4 August, the Lowy Institute hosted Global Infrastructure Hub CEO Chris Heathcote in conversation with G20 Studies Centre Project Director Tristram Sainsbury. Heathcote and Sainsbury discussed the Hub’s work to unlock an additional $2 trillion in global infrastructure capacity to 2030. Chris Heathcote was appointed CEO of the Global Infrastructure Hub in June 2015. He has extensive international experience with large infrastructure projects. Previously, Chris was a Director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in the United Kingdom. His additional, recent, private sector experience includes positions held with WestLB AG and Lloyds Banking Group. During his time with these companies, Chris was involved in infrastructure projects in the United States, Europe, Turkey, China, the Ivory Coast and Australia. Chris also served as head of project finance at Partnerships UK (a joint UK Treasury and privately-owned company, which promoted the Private Finance Initiative and Public Private Partnerships (PPP)), with a focus on major infrastructure projects including the Wembley National Stadium and London Underground. He has also advised the Brazilian Government on preparing and executing a PPP program, and co-authored of the UK Government White Paper “Meeting the Investment Challenge” while working in the UK Treasury. Chris also structured major road projects in Israel and South Africa. Chris was also a founding partner of Hyder Infrastructure Investors in the mid-1990s, one of the early infrastructure equity funds. The fund was involved in financing of projects including Melbourne City Link, the Asian Infrastructure Fund and many United Kingdom public infrastructure projects funded with private capital.
Aug 04, 2016
Andrew Scobell on China's search for security and Australia's role
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In recent years China has been increasingly assertive, especially in its own Asia-Pacific neighbourhood. On 2 August RAND Corporation senior political scientist Dr Andrew Scobell explored what is China seeking and where Australia fits in this search. Dr Andrew Scobell is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Prior to this he was an associate professor of international affairs at the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service and director of the China certificate program at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. From 1999 until 2007, he was associate research professor in the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College and adjunct professor of political science at Dickinson College, both located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Scobell is author of China's Search for Security (Columbia University Press, 2012) with Andrew J. Nathan, China's Use of Military Force: Beyond the Great Wall and the Long March (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
Aug 02, 2016
Quick comment: Andrew Scobell on China, the United States and Australia
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Lowy Institute International Security Program Director Euan Graham talks to RAND Corporation's Andrew Scobell on the US-China relationship, and where it leaves Australia.
Aug 02, 2016
Quick comment: Lawrence Freedman
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Emma Connors speaks to Sir Lawrence Freedman the Chinese perspective of the South China Sea, and our particularly tumultuous time in history.
Jul 28, 2016
Sir Lawrence Freedman on whether we can learn too much from history
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On 27 July, Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice-Principal and Professor of War Studies at King's College, explored the role of historical analogies in foreign policymaking. He also examined the importance of understanding the origins of contemporary events and the meaning of historical experience warning of the abuse of historical parallels and analogies, and the danger of stripping past events from their context. A member of the official inquiry into the United Kingdom's role in the 2003 Iraq War, Sir Lawrence is a world-renowned strategist. He has also held research appointments at Nuffield College Oxford, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. A Fellow of the British Academy, Sir Lawrence is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and Knight Commander of St Michael and St George (KCMG).
Jul 27, 2016
An address from Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States
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On 20 July at Paddington Town Hall, United States Vice President Joe Biden addressed the Lowy Institute and the United States Studies Centre on the Australia-US relationship.
Jul 21, 2016
Panel discussion: The battle of Fromelles, one century on
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On 19 July 1916, the Australian 5th and British 61st Divisions attacked German positions near Fromelles. In less than 24 hours the 5th had suffered 5533 casualties, making the Battle of Fromelles one of the bloodiest battles in Australia’s military history and a costly introduction to the Western Front. On 18 July 2016, the Lowy Institute convened a panel of Dr Euan Graham, Director of the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program; Professors Hew Strachan from the University of St Andrews; Joan Beaumont from the Australian National University; and Jeffrey Grey from UNSW Canberra to reflect on the significance of Fromelles within the Allies’ strategy on the Western Front in 1916, and its wider social and national impact in Australia.
Jul 18, 2016
Quick comment: Thomas Pepinsky on Malaysian politics
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Lowy Institute Research Fellow Aaron Connelly talks to Cornell University's Thomas Pepinsky on the state of Malaysia's domestic politics, how the world sees Malaysia, and how it will likely position itself in the context of rising US-China tensions.
Jul 05, 2016
Panel discussion: Brexit – What's next?
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On 30 June, the Lowy Institute hosted a panel discussion with Polling Program Director Alex Oliver, International Security Program Director Euan Graham, and International Economy Program Director Leon Berkelmans (moderated by Research Director Anthony Bubalo) to explore the repercussions of the 'leave' vote and discuss what Brexit will mean for Australia, our region and our international partners.
Jun 30, 2016
Quick comment: Malcolm Cook on Philippine security policy under Duterte
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Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Malcolm Cook speaks to Emma Connors on the inauguration of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines and what his leadership will likely mean for Philippine security policy.
Jun 30, 2016
In conversation: Frank Laczko on global migrant smuggling
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The International Organisation for Migration will publish its Global Migrant Smuggling Report in June 2016. On 30 June, Dr Frank Laczko, Director of IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin, discussed current trends in migrant smuggling in Europe and Asia, its complex reality with human trafficking and asylum seeking. Dr Jiyoung Song, Program Director of Migration and Border Policy at the Lowy Institute, moderated the session. Frank Laczko is the Director of IOM’s recently established Global Migration Data Analysis Centre. He was previously based in Geneva, where he led IOM’s Migration Research Division. He is the co-chair of the Data and Research Group of the Global Migration Group, editor of IOM/Springer Global Migration Issues book series and co-editor of Migration Policy Practice, a journal for migration policymakers and practitioners.
Jun 29, 2016
Panel discussion: Inside Putin's Russia
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In recent years Russia’s military adventures abroad have captured the most attention in the West. But as, if not more, important is what has been happening inside Putin’s Russia. On 28 June, Lowy Institute Deputy Director Anthony Bubalo hosted a conversation with two of Australia’s leading Russia watchers, Stephen Fortescue and Kyle Wilson, who discussed Russia's domestic political and economic developments and prospects. Stephen Fortescue is Honorary Associate Professor in Russian Politics at the University of New South Wales, and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University. His areas of research interest include the contemporary Russian policy-making process, business-state relations, and Russia's commercial involvement in the Asia Pacific. He received his PhD in Soviet Politics from the Australian National University Kyle Wilson is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. From 2004-2013 he was Senior Analyst for Russia and Central Asia at the Office of National Assessments. From 1981-2004 he was an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and served in Australian missions in Warsaw, Moscow and Beijing. He was educated at the Australian National University, Moscow State University and Leningrad State University.
Jun 28, 2016
Indonesia's foreign policy: In conversation with Dewi Fortuna Anwar
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It has been nearly two years since Joko Widodo was elected president of Indonesia. Though he has launched an ambitious domestic reform agenda, critics claim that Jokowi has overseen an erosion of Indonesia's international influence, and has strained relations with its neighbours through nationalist policies on drug trafficking and illegal fishing. Others argue that Jokowi is merely seeking to put Indonesia first after 10 years under SBY, a period during which Indonesia focused more on its image abroad than reform at home. On 21 June, the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with Lowy Institute Research Fellow Aaron Connelly and Dewi Fortuna Anwar. Professor Anwar is among Indonesia's leading scholars and practitioners of foreign policy. She has served as the chief foreign policy advisor to both the current vice president and his predecessor. Professor Anwar previously served as a top foreign policy advisor to President BJ Habibie, and as the first director of the Habibie Center in Jakarta. She is a professor of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), and completed doctoral studies at Monash.
Jun 24, 2016
The Hon. Julie Bishop MP on Australia's foreign policy and economic diplomacy
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On Monday, 20 June the Lowy Institute hosted the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, as part of a series of lectures by political leaders in the lead-up to the 2016 federal election.
Jun 20, 2016
The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP on how Australia can be a better international citizen
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On 31 May the Institute hosted the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, who spoke on how Australia can be a better international citizen. Elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Sydney in 1998, Ms Plibersek’s ministerial appointments have included Minister for Health, Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister for Human Services, Minister for the Status of Women, and Minister for Housing.
May 31, 2016
AMP China Series: Grant Dooley on One Belt and One Road
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In 2013, Chinese president Xi Jinping put forward the proposal to boost Eurasian economic integration and infrastructure building through its ambitious “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” initiatives. It is widely regarded as President Xi’s signature economic as well as foreign policy undertaking. The project could involve trillions of dollars of potential investment across many continents including Australia’s immediate neighbouring region: Southeast Asia. On 30 May the Lowy Institute’s Peter Cai spoke to one of Australia’s leading experts on Chinese infrastructure investment, Grant Dooley, the head of Hastings Infrastructure Fund Asia’s practice and the former Australian Consul-General in Guangzhou, China. The Lowy Institute is grateful for the support of our event partner, AMP.
May 30, 2016
Quick comment: Michael Fullilove on the US election
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Emma Connors talks to Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove about how the rise of Donald Trump has affected the political mood in America, and what his candidacy (and prospective presidency) would mean for Australia.
May 25, 2016
Panel discussion: New approaches to tackling gender-based violence in PNG
01:06:58
Rates of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea are among the highest in the world, with 70% of women experiencing some degree of physical or sexual assault in their lifetime. Children are also significantly affected. While much is said about the levels of violence, less is heard about important work being done in all sectors of Papua New Guinea to address this pervasive issue. The new approaches being taken warrant broader attention both within and outside of Papua New Guinea. On 20 May, the Lowy Institute hosted a panel of exceptional leaders from Papua New Guinea’s government, civil society and private sector to discuss these approaches. Anna Solomon is the Secretary for Papua New Guinea’s Department for Community Development and Religion and is leading the government’s response. Denga Ilave is the Operations Manager for Femili PNG, the Papua New Guinean NGO that runs the innovative Lae Case Management Centre. Kymberley Kepore is CEO of the Oil Search Foundation, which has made gender-based violence one of its top priorities. Kevin Byrne is the Deputy Chair of the Business Coalition for Women, a group of companies and corporate leaders who are working together to drive positive change for women and businesses in Papua New Guinea.
May 24, 2016
Robin Niblett on Britain's uncertain future
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On 19 May, the Lowy Institute hosted an address from Dr Robin Niblett, the director of Chatham House in London. Dr Niblett assessed the state of the UK's EU debate, the risks and opportunities that either outcome could entail for Britain, and the ways in which Britain's decision could influence the future evolution of the EU as well as its external relations.
May 23, 2016
In conversation: Martin Wolf on the global economy
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On 19 May, the Lowy Institute's International Economy Program Director Dr Leon Berkelmans hosted Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, for an in-conversation event. Dr Berkelmans and Mr Wolf discussed the challenges the world economy faces, including the Chinese slowdown, Brexit, and inequality.
May 20, 2016
Quick comment: Martin Wolf on #Brexit
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Leon Berkelmans talks to Financial Times chief economics commentator Martin Wolf on the vote for Britain to leave the EU.
May 19, 2016
Quick comment: Robin Niblett on #Brexit
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Emma Connors talks to Chatham House's Robin Niblett on the vote for Britain to leave the EU.
May 19, 2016
Senator Richard Di Natale on building a confident Australia for a changing world
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On 17 May, Senator Richard Di Natale, leader of the Greens, addressed the Lowy Institute on the 21st century's biggest challenges, and how to build a confident Australia to face them.
May 17, 2016
Quick comment: Euan Graham on the Australia-Singapore strategic relationship
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Sam Roggeveen talks to Euan Graham about his new paper, 'The Lion and the Kangaroo: Australia's strategic partnership with Singapore'.
May 16, 2016
Event: James Fallows on the race for the White House – Has America reached 'peak crazy'?
00:57:48
On May 4, the Lowy Institute hosted a lecture from Nonresident Fellow and National correspondent for The Atlantic James Fallows. Fallows discussed the ascent of Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, what this means for the GOP, how a Clinton-Trump contest would play out, and the state of politics in America.
May 04, 2016
Quick comment: James Fallows on whether America has reached 'peak crazy'
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National correspondent for The Atlantic and Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow James Fallows speaks with Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove on what Trump's presumptive claim to the Republican presidential nomination means for America.
May 04, 2016
Quick comment: Ashley Townshend on China's maritime security conduct
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Ashley Townshend talks to the Lowy Institute's Sam Roggeveen on China's new tactical approach to maritime security, and what implications it has for the region. Townshend also discusses the upcoming UNCLOS arbitration case on China's 'nine-dash line' territorial claim in the South China Sea, and what China might do should the ruling go against it.
Apr 28, 2016
In conversation: Kenneth Roth and Michael Fullilove on the politics of fear in 2015
00:49:24
On 26 April the Lowy Institute hosted Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth. He and Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove discussed how the politics of fear drove global developments of 2015.
Apr 26, 2016
In conversation: Hayder al-Khoei and Rodger Shanahan on Iraq after Islamic State
00:59:43
How will Islamic State likely meet its demise, and what are the prospects for stability in Iraq after this occurs? On 21 April, the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation between Hayder al-Khoei and Rodger Shanahan on Iraq after Islamic State. Hayder is a Lowy Institute Middle East Visiting Fellow, supported by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Apr 21, 2016
Quick comment: Navhat Nuraniyah and Sidney Jones on Indonesian students in Egypt and Turkey
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Lowy Institute Research Director Anthony Bubalo speaks to IPAC's Navhat Nuraniyah and Sidney Jones on their newly released joint paper, 'Indonesian students in Egypt and Turkey'.
Apr 18, 2016
In conversation: Indonesian students in the Middle East
00:56:32
On 15 April, Lowy Institute Deputy Director Anthony Bubalo hosted Sidney Jones and Nava Nuraniyah from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict in Jakarta to discuss a new Lowy Institute Report on Indonesian students in Egypt and Turkey. Based on extensive interviews, the report examines the impact on these students of regional events, from the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to the rise of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Apr 15, 2016
Arancha González on women's economic empowerment
00:43:58
While the slowing global economy has pushed countries to explore a new cadre of sometimes unproven policies in the quest for growth, many have not yet fully committed to the full participation of women as economic actors. On 6 April, the Lowy Institute hosted an address from Arancha González, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, who spoke on women’s empowerment, the power of women as economic actors and the importance of investment in women.
Apr 06, 2016
Quick comment: Aaron Connelly on Myanmar's change of government
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Emma Connors talks to Aaron Connelly about Myanmar under Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy, and what to expect from the new civilian government.
Mar 31, 2016
The 2016 Lowy Lecture: The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull
00:51:26
The 2016 Lowy Lecture, delivered on 23 March by Malcolm Turnbull, was the Prime Minister’s first major address on Australia’s role in the world.
Mar 23, 2016
Quick comment: Sean Dorney on Australia's ambivalent approach to Papua New Guinea
00:19:08
Jonathan Pryke speaks to Sean Dorney about his recent Lowy Institute Paper, 'The Embarrassed Colonialist', and how Australia views contemporary Papua New Guinea.
Mar 22, 2016
In conversation: Jenny Hayward-Jones and Sean Dorney on the challenges facing PNG's future leaders
00:49:55
After 40 years of independence, there are good reasons to be optimistic about the future of Papua New Guinea. The country is endowed with vast natural resources, a capacity to feed itself, and a young population. Papua New Guinea also benefits from its proximity to the global centre of economic gravity in East Asia. But negative trends — in the economy, law and order, health and education — do not augur well for progress in raising living standards. The next generation of leaders in Papua New Guinea will need to be innovative if they are to turn these trends around and implement policies that deliver rather than promise long-term sustainable development. On 17 March the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with Sean Dorney and Jenny Hayward-Jones, who discussed Jenny’s research on the challenges the next generation of leaders in Papua New Guinea will face.
Mar 18, 2016
Quick comment: Jenny-Hayward Jones on PNG's future leaders and the Pacific's past eight years
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Sam Roggeveen talks to Melanesia Program Director Jenny Hayward-Jones about her final research paper on Papua New Guinea’s next generation of leaders and what's changed in the Pacific Islands region in Jenny's time as Program Director.
Mar 17, 2016
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully on NZ's international agenda for 2016
00:47:24
On 15 March, NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully delivered an address at the Lowy Institute outlining New Zealand's international agenda for 2016, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific and New Zealand’s final year on the United Nations Security Council.
Mar 15, 2016
In conversation: Rising parliamentarians on Australia's place in the world
00:56:12
On 8 March, Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove hosted a conversation with rising parliamentarians Dr Jim Chalmers MP and Senator Linda Reynolds CSC on Australia's place in the world.
Mar 08, 2016
Quick comment: The Defence White Paper dissected
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Euan Graham, Sam Roggeveen and Michael Fullilove discuss the Australian Government's new Defence White Paper.
Feb 25, 2016
In conversation: Justin Wolfers and Betsy Stevenson
00:55:54
On 17 February, International Economy Program Director Leon Berkelmans hosted a conversation with one of the most high profile power couples in economics, Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson. The discussion covered Betsey’s time as a member of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, the current state of the US economy, the gender problem economics has, economics in pop culture, and Justin's work with the New York Times.
Feb 19, 2016
Panel discussion: The year ahead (Melbourne event)
01:00:19
On 11 February at the National Gallery of Victoria, Research Director Anthony Bubalo, International Security Program Director Dr Euan Graham, Polling Program Director Alex Oliver and Melanesia Research Fellow Jonathan Pryke discussed the big issues that are likely to dominate the international policy agenda in 2016.
Feb 18, 2016
Panel discussion: The political selfie, soft power and the art of digital diplomacy
00:59:10
How has the digital era affected diplomacy and how we measure soft power? On 15 February Alex Oliver, Director of the Lowy Institute’s Polling Program, hosted a panel consisting of Portland Communications' Jonathan McClory, British High Commissioner Menna Rawlings and Rob Tranter, First Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy and Communications Division for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Feb 16, 2016
Quick Comment: David Dollar on the yuan
00:09:03
Leon Berkelmans talks with Visiting G20 Studies Centre Fellow and Brookings Senior Fellow David Dollar on the state of the yuan. China’s foreign reserves depleted less in January than December but still fell by $99.5 billion. David addresses concerns about the accuracy of the Chinese data, capital flight, and the possibility of a significant yuan devaluation.
Feb 09, 2016
China's economic outlook and economic governance, with David Dollar
00:59:14
The Chinese economy is going through an uncertain transition, while at the same time Beijing has assumed the presidency of the G20. On 8 February the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation on China’s economy and China's future in the governance architecture with long-time China scholar and economist David Dollar and Lowy Institute International Economy Program Director Leon Berkelmans.
Feb 08, 2016
In conversation: Russia's Asian Rebalance?
00:57:13
Russia under President Vladimir Putin is reasserting its role in international politics everywhere from the Middle East to East Asia. On 5 February the Lowy Institute's Anthony Bubalo hosted a discussion on Moscow's global ambitions with our leading Russia expert, Dr Matthew Sussex.
Feb 05, 2016
Panel discussion: The year ahead
01:00:30
On 2 February, Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove chaired a panel of Institute experts who examined the key issues likely to dominate the international agenda in Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.
Feb 02, 2016
Lowy Institute interview with Superforecasting co-author Dan Gardner
00:18:48
As part of the Lowy Institute's Books of the Year 2015 series, we speak with Dan Gardner, co-author, with Philip Tetlock, of Superforecasting.
Dec 14, 2015
A Larger Australia: Panel Discussion with Michael Fullilove, Anna Funder and Tom Switzer
01:00:26
On Tuesday 8 December, the Lowy Institute held a panel discussion on the themes of Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove's ABC 2015 Boyer Lectures. Joining Dr Fullilove on the panel were novelist Anna Funder and broadcaster Tom Switzer. This wide-ranging and spirited discussion covered Australia's evolving place in the world, various aspects of our national culture, and heard both sides of the republic debate.
Dec 08, 2015
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO Lowy address
00:56:10
In an address to the Lowy Institute, the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO CSC RAN, discussed the interconnected nature of naval power in the twenty first century, and how it provides greater military weight and agility to the Australian government in meeting the demands of national security.
Dec 07, 2015
Quick Comment: John Connor on Bill Shorten's climate policy address
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John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute, speaks with John Gooding about his reaction to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's address to the Lowy Institute on Labor's climate policy.
Nov 27, 2015
The Hon. Bill Shorten MP on climate policy
00:57:39
In the lead up to the 2015 Paris climate change negotiations, the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, gave a major policy address at the Lowy Institute for International Policy outlining the Opposition’s position on international action on climate change.
Nov 27, 2015
Free Trade Agreements: Transformative, terrible, or tedious?
00:51:23
After a flurry of activity, Australia has signed free trade agreements with many of its trade partners, and there could be more coming down the pipeline. Are these agreements transformative, are they job destroying, do they sign over too much sovereignty, or are they much ado about nothing? On 26 November, the Lowy Institute hosted a panel discussion chaired by Lowy Nonresident Fellow Stephen Grenville, with panellists Leon Berkelmans, Director of the International Economy Program, Jessica Irvine, from the Sydney Morning Herald, and Professor Luke Nottage from the University of Sydney Law School.
Nov 26, 2015
The 2015 Owen Harries Lecture – India: Navigating a contested geopolitical landscape
00:55:41
As the post-World War II international order undergoes an uncertain transformation, how will India position itself in Asia and beyond as an emerging and aspiring power? On 11 November, former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran delivered the 2015 Owen Harries Lecture on India's role in this new global order. The annual Owen Harries Lecture honours the enormous contribution Mr Harries, a Nonresident Fellow of the Lowy Institute, has made to the international policy debate in Australia.
Nov 11, 2015
Quick Comment: India's place in the region and in the world, with Shyam Saran
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Former Indian Foreign Secretary and 2015 Telstra Distinguished International Fellow Shyam Saran speaks with Sam Roggeveen about the challenges and opportunities facing India today.
Nov 10, 2015
Glenn Stevens at the launch of 'The G20 and the Future of International Economic Governance'
00:36:57
On November 4 the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Glenn Stevens, officially launched 'The G20 and the Future of International Economic Governance'. Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Mike Callaghan and G20 Research Fellow Tristram Sainsbury have brought together an impressive collection of expert contributors to assess the impact of the Australian 2014 summit in the context of the year’s broader geopolitical challenges.
Nov 04, 2015
The Middle East in flux
01:02:02
On Tuesday 27 October, the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with two of Australia’s leading Middle East experts, Dr Rodger Shanahan and Dr Sarah Phillips. Chaired by the Lowy Institute’s Research Director, Anthony Bubalo, the conversation explored the region’s ongoing instability, from Yemen and the horn or Africa to Iraq and Syria, and how regional states in particular are responding.
Oct 29, 2015
Papua New Guinea – Pathways to gender parity
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The Lowy Institute, together with the Asia Pacific Professionals Association Ltd, hosted a panel discussion exploring gender parity issues in Papua New Guinea, where women face many significant challenges. High-profile speakers from Papua New Guinea and Australia discussed how the private sector can increase the diversity of the work force and expand the opportunities available to women within the changing commercial and social environment of Papua New Guinea – the fastest growing economy in the world in 2015. International evidence shows that investing in women and girls produces higher economic growth and better living standards in developing countries. The panel speakers provided perspectives from their specific industry sector and identify the steps that have been taken to address gender parity issues, as well as what more could be done. The sectors represented include law, education, energy and resources, banking and commerce. The Lowy Institute’s Melanesia Program Director, Jenny Hayward-Jones, chaired the discussion. Photo: Flickr/DFAT
Oct 15, 2015
How foreign policy has helped shape two generations of Australian politicians, with Greg Sheridan
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On 8 October the Lowy Institute hosted Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of The Australian. Drawing on his recently published memoir, When We Were Young and Foolish, Sheridan and Lowy Institute Research Director Anthony Bubalo explored the critical and unrecognised role that foreign policy has played in forming the hearts and minds of two generations of Australian political leaders, including Tony Abbott, Bob Carr, Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Costello. Photo: Flickr/Kyle Taylor
Oct 08, 2015
US foreign policy and the next American president, with Ambassador Martin Indyk
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In a little over a year’s time, Americans will elect a new president. What are the key foreign policy challenges from Europe and the Middle East to Asia that President Obama will bequeath to his successor? On 24 September the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with Ambassador Martin Indyk, one of America’s leading foreign policy thinkers, on the international issues that are likely to figure in the presidential election campaign and that will confront the new president in his or her first year in office. Ambassador Martin S. Indyk is executive vice president of the Brookings Institution. From 2013 to 2014 he served as the U.S. special envoy for the Israeli Palestinian negotiations. Previously, Ambassador Indyk was vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program and a senior fellow and the founding director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 1995 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2001. Ambassador Indyk is a member of the Lowy Institute Board.
Sep 24, 2015
Quick Comment: Anthony Bubalo and Dan Flitton on the Turnbull era
00:20:53
Interpreter editor Sam Roggeveen talks with Lowy Institute Research Director Anthony Bubalo and senior correspondent for The Age Daniel Flitton on what the ascent of Malcolm Turnbull means for Australia's foreign and national security policies.
Sep 21, 2015
Celebrating 40 years of Papua New Guinea's independence
01:09:44
In this landmark year for Papua New Guinea, the Lowy Institute convened a panel of three of Papua New Guinea’s prominent emerging leaders to discuss the future of their country and the likely challenges that their generation will face. The panel included Allan Bird, agribusiness expert and host of Tanim Graun – Papua New Guinea’s answer to Q&A; Serena Sumanop, Executive Director of The Voice Inc, a non-government organisation which fosters leadership skills amongst Papua New Guinea’s university students and Jeffry Feeger, a popular Papua New Guinean artist. Their discussion was moderated by Sean Dorney, former long-serving ABC correspondent in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific and Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow. Photo: Flickr/Steve Shattuck
Sep 11, 2015
2015 Lowy Lecture - General (Ret.) David Petraeus AO
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2015's Lowy Lecture was delivered by General (Ret.) David Petraeus AO on Tuesday 2 September. General Petraeus is one of the most outstanding US generals of recent times. He commanded coalition forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq with great success. He also served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency until 2012. He holds a PhD in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. General Petraeus remains an influential adviser to US policymakers and, as Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, one of the leading thinkers about geopolitical developments and America’s role in the world. The annual Lowy Lecture is the Lowy Institute's signature event each year, at which a prominent individual reflects on Australia’s role in the world and the world’s influence on Australia. Past Lowy Lecturers have included H.E. Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; Rupert Murdoch AC, Executive Chairman of News Corp; Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times; and Prime Minister John Howard OM AC, who delivered the inaugural Lowy Lecture in 2005.
Sep 02, 2015
Quick comment: P. W. Singer on the fog of war, the use (and misuse) of technology, and more
00:16:47
Lowy Institute Research Associate Brendan Noone-Thomas interviews US strategist P.W Singer about a range of topics explored in his new book, 'Ghost Fleet'. More details on 'Ghost Fleet' can be found at www.ghostfleetbook.com
Aug 27, 2015
The future of war, with P. W. Singer
00:57:20
On August 26, Dr Michael Fulliove, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, conducted a conversation with leading US strategist (and now novelist) P.W. Singer on the future of war. You can find details on P.W. Singer's book 'Ghost Fleet' here: http://www.ghostfleetbook.com
Aug 26, 2015
An Australian world view: A practitioner's perspective, with Peter Varghese AO
01:02:44
On 20 August 2015, the Lowy Institute hosted an address from Peter Varghese AO, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mr Varghese presented his perspective on key themes in Australia’s Foreign Policy.
Aug 20, 2015
The 2015 Lowy Institute Media Award - Keynote address and acceptance speech
00:42:25
The keynote address at the 2015 Lowy Institute Media Award dinner was delivered by Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp. Thomson has served as editor-in-chief of Dow Jones, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal and editor of The Times. He has held several posts at the Financial Times, including Editor of the US edition, Editor of the Weekend FT and Assistant Editor. He has also been a correspondent himself in Tokyo and in Beijing. Following the address, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove announced that Paul Maley of The Australian had won this year's award for his work on Australian foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria.
Aug 14, 2015
After Obama: What's next for US foreign policy, with David Rothkopf
00:54:54
On Tuesday 4 August the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with one of America’s most insightful foreign policy analysts. David J. Rothkopf, CEO and Editor of the FP Group, spoke with the Lowy Institute’s Executive Director, Dr Michael Fullilove, on the topic of US foreign policy after the Obama administration.
Aug 04, 2015
Australia's counter-terrorism strategy, with the Hon Michael Keenan MP
00:47:49
The Hon Michael Keenan MP, the Minister for Justice and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism, addressed the Lowy Institute on 24 July 2015 to discuss Australia’s counter-terrorism strategy. The address focused on the new wave of terrorism facing Australia, and the steps the Australian Government is taking to counter it, particularly through the Countering Violent Extremism program.
Jul 24, 2015
In conversation with Jim Lindsay
00:55:42
On 21 July, James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President and Director of Studies at the US Council on Foreign Relations, spoke with Anthony Bubalo on the future of US leadership in the world. The conversation addressed US leadership challenges in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and preview the 2016 presidential election. James M. Lindsay is Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and the Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was previously the inaugural director of the University of Texas at Austin's Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Dr. Lindsay also served as professor of political science at the University of Iowa and Director for Global Issues and Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council staff. He is coauthor, with Ivo H. Daalder, of America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy. Dr. Lindsay holds an AB in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and an MA, an MPhil, and a PhD from Yale University.
Jul 21, 2015
The impact of speeches on foreign policy
00:59:21
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of one of Australia’s best-remembered foreign policy speeches – Opposition Leader Arthur Calwell’s 1965 parliamentary statement of opposition to Australia’s participation in the Vietnam war. In honour of this anniversary the Lowy Institute for International Policy hosted Graham Freudenberg AM, the principal author of Calwell's speech, for a discussion on the role of foreign policy speeches, and how that role has changed in the last half-century. Mr Freudenberg is the dean of Australian speechwriters, having worked for no fewer than six Labor leaders and written many of Australia’s most celebrated political speeches. He has also authored a number of books including Churchill and Australia (2008) and his memoir, A Figure of Speech (2005). Joining Mr Freudenberg on the panel was Michael Cooney, speechwriter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and author of The Gillard Project (2015).
Jul 07, 2015
Leon Berkelmans on the Greek economic crisis
00:06:53
Director of the Lowy Institute's International Economy Program Leon Berkelmans describes the latest developments in Europe, and possible implications for Asia.
Jul 02, 2015
Leon Berkelmans on negative interest rates
00:38:19
On Tuesday 30 June, Lowy Institute International Economy Program Director Leon Berkelmans spoke to the Economics Society of Australia on negative interest rates.
Jun 30, 2015
China’s new role in global economic governance – Leon Berkelmans in conversation with Yu Ye
01:04:43
On Monday 22 June, the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation between Lowy Institute International Economy and G20 Studies Centre Program Director Dr Leon Berkelmans and Lowy Institute visiting scholar Dr Yu Ye. Dr Ye is a political economist and Associate Professor at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS), one of China’s leading think tanks.
Jun 22, 2015
Sol Lebovic on the 2015 Lowy Institute Poll
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As the Lowy Institute releases its eleventh annual Lowy Institute Poll, Alex Oliver speaks with Sol Lebovic, who has provided independent advice and technical support to the Lowy Institute on our polling program for several years. Sol is one of Australia’s most distinguished pollsters, founding Newspoll in 1985 and directing it for more than two decades.
Jun 16, 2015
Distinguished Speaker Series: The Hon. Julie Bishop MP
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On 11 June the Lowy Institute was pleased to host a special event with Australian Foreign Minister The Hon Julie Bishop MP. The Minister outlined her vision for Australian foreign policy in an evolving strategic and economic global environment, and how the expansion of Australia’s diplomatic network – the largest single increase in 40 years – will support the Australian Government’s efforts to make Australia a safe and more prosperous nation.
Jun 11, 2015
In conversation with Peter Greste
00:56:02
Peter Greste is an award-winning journalist and correspondent. He has worked for a number of news organisations including Reuters and the BBC before joining Al-Jazeera's English news channel. In December 2013 Greste and two Al-Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were arrested in Cairo on charges that included aiding a terrorist group. Greste was deported after spending 400 days in an Egyptian jail but is still facing criminal charges, alongside Fahmy and Mohamed, in an ongoing trial. On 10 June, Greste joined Lowy Institute Research Director Anthony Bubalo for a conversation on his time in jail, the prospects for Fahmy and Mohamed, Al-Jazeera as a news organisation, and what his experience means for press freedom in Egypt and around the world.
Jun 10, 2015
Anne Aly on Australia's Regional Summit to Counter Violent Extremism
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Later this week Australia is due to host a regional summit on countering violent extremism. In this podcast Anthony Bubalo talks to Dr Anne Aly about this summit and a previous summit on the topic held by the US in February 2015.
Jun 09, 2015
Demystifying radicalisation – what makes a terrorist?
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What makes a young man or woman want to travel to Iraq to join Islamic State? What motivates so-called 'lone wolves' to plan acts of terrorist violence in Australia? The Lowy Institute was pleased to host distinguished Australian academic Dr Anne Aly to explore these and other questions as she examined why some individuals and groups transition from radical thought to violent extremism.
Jun 09, 2015
In conversation with Xinran Xue
00:59:42
Enacted in 1980, the one child policy was designed to allow China's development to forge ahead. Demographers estimate that at between 100 and 400 million births were averted as a direct result of this policy, and some Chinese argue that this has helped China achieve the momentous task of lifting over 550 million people out of poverty. However, the policy has been controversial, with accusations of human rights abuses in implementation, unusually high sex ratios at birth, as well as concerns about the social implications of a generation of single children. On Monday 25 May, acclaimed journalist and novelist Ms Xue Xinran joined Lowy Institute East Asia program Director Merriden Varrall in a conversation about how the one child policy, introduced in 1978, is affecting the Chinese social, economic, and political landscape.
May 29, 2015
AMP China Series: Intentions behind China's foreign policy
00:53:53
For Australia, China's foreign policy, particularly in the Asian region, is of critical importance. To respond effectively to China's activities in a way that protects Australia's interests, we need to know not only what China is doing, but why. There appears to be a contradiction in Chinese foreign policy that Xi Jinping is prioritising good relations with countries on the periphery, however at the same time, insists China will not compromise on any issue pertaining to its territorial sovereignty. How can this apparent tension be resolved, particularly when China blames tensions around its periphery on the U.S. Rebalance to Asia, not on its own policies. The U.S. says China is intimidating its neighbours and not abiding by international law. Who is right? On 21 May, John Garnaut and Bonnie Glaser discussed China's regional policy with Lowy Institute East Asia Program Director Merriden Varrall.
May 26, 2015
Session 1: The evolving climate of economic governance
01:56:56
On 20-21 May 2015 the G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute for International Policy hosted a conference on international economic governance. This introductory session featured Reserve Bank Deputy Governer Philip Lowe and Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove. The session outlined the state of international governance in 2015, with an overview of the G20's history, tracing its development into a premier forum for managing the global economy and the implications of recent geopolitical developments. There were also reflections on Australia’s G20 presidency and on China’s future presidency in 2016.
May 25, 2015
Session 4: Will the international community respond to key challenges?
01:22:42
Energy and climate change have been hotly contested on the G20 agenda. The 2015 Leaders’ Summit will be two weeks before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP21 meeting in December 2015. This session of the G20 Studies Centre international economic governance conference delved into questions of how to transform the international energy architecture and what the G20 could achieve with regards to climate change. Michelle Grattan concluded the session with a broader conversation about G20 communications.
May 22, 2015
Chinese and US perspectives on maritime security in Asia
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On the 8 May, the Lowy Institute hosted its twelfth annual New Voices conference on the theme “Is Geopolitics Returning to Asia?” After the conference, convenor Ashley Townshend caught up with New Voices panellists Dr Cui Lei, Research Fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, and Michael Mazza, Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, to discuss Chinese and U.S. views on island-building and maritime security in the South China Sea.
May 21, 2015
China in the South and East China Seas
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The intentions behind China's activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea are the source of considerable debate in Australia, in the region, and around the world. China asserts it is peacefully protecting its historic sovereignty. Many Western analysts fear that China is aggressively attempting to become the predominant power in the region. However, despite heated discussion, it is difficult to say with certainty what China is aiming to achieve, or what the implications and unintended consequences might be. On 19 May Lowy Nonresident Fellows Bonnie Glaser and Linda Jakobson and East Asia Program Director Merriden Varrall examined of the motivations behind China's activities in the maritime arena, drawing on their many years of experience working on China's foreign policy.
May 19, 2015
An address by the Hon Peter O'Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
00:54:21
On Thursday 14 May the Lowy Institute hosted the Hon Peter O’Neill, MP CMG, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea 2015 is a defining year for Papua New Guinea. The country will record the highest GDP growth rate in the world this year. Papua New Guinea faces serious development challenges but is making progress with the introduction of free education and healthcare and the expected completion of major infrastructure projects. The Papua New Guinea government will host the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit and the Pacific Games in 2015. In his address, Prime Minister O’Neill will reflect on Papua New Guinea’s place in the world as it celebrates 40 years of independence from Australia this year.
May 14, 2015
Post-Courier editor Alex Rheeney on politics in PNG
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We talk to the editor of one of Papua New Guinea's major newspapers.
Apr 29, 2015
Reporting the Middle East - Hayden Cooper and Anthony Bubalo
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On 29 April, Hayden Cooper, winner of the 2014 Lowy Institute Media Award, discussed his time reporting for the ABC on the Middle East, including some of the big stories he covered, from the Peter Greste trial in Egypt to the 2014 war in Gaza.
Apr 29, 2015
Rodger Shanahan on Julie Bishop's historic Tehran visit
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Australian Foreign Julie Bishop is about to visit Tehran. Middle East expert Rodger Shanahan discusses her agenda.
Apr 16, 2015
Role of the media in Australia-Indonesia relations
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Australians and Indonesians learn much of what they know about each other through the media. Yet polling shows neither side has a deep understanding of the other. On Monday 13 April, Lowy Institute Indonesia expert Aaron Connelly moderated a panel discussion with Andini Effendi, Senior International Correspondent of Metro TV, based in Jakarta, and ABC Senior reporter and former Jakarta correspondent Helen Brown, where they discussed the shared challenges facing the press in both countries. The event also featured other participants from the day's inaugural Lowy Institute Media Dialogue, as well as questions from audience attendees including Tom Switzer, Geraldine Doogue, and Stephen Grenville.
Apr 14, 2015
Is an Iranian nuclear deal good for the world?
01:02:47
On 2 April the United States and Iran announced that they had agreed parameters for a comprehensive nuclear agreement to be concluded by the end of June 2015. On 9 April the Lowy Institute convened a distinguished panel chaired by Lowy Institute Executive Director, Dr Michael Fullilove, to discuss the outcome of these high-stakes negotiations. Anthony Bubalo, Research Director at the Lowy Institute, John Carlson AM, former Director General, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office and Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor with The Australian, considered and discussed the implications of any nuclear agreement on security and proliferation in the Middle East and the wider world.
Apr 09, 2015
Cheng Li On China's foreign policy
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Professor Cheng Li from the Brookings Institution speaks with the Lowy Institute's Dr Merriden Varrall regarding China's foreign policy under Xi Jinping.
Apr 07, 2015
AMP China Lecture: Professor Cheng Li
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China's role in international affairs is growing rapidly, but how much do we really understand about who is making decisions in China, and why? In the Lowy Institute's annual China lecture, Professor Cheng Li, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, examined how the current Chinese leadership under Xi Jinping sees the connection between the international and China's domestic situation, and analysed what implications these views have for Chinese foreign policy. Professor Li discussed how the Xi leadership sees China's relationship with existing norms and institutions, and the rationale behind creating new institutions such as the AIIB and the 'One Belt One Road'. He also looked at what Chinese leaders want to achieve when they head up the G20 in 2016. The Lowy Institute is grateful to AMP for their kind support of this event series.
Mar 31, 2015
Milton Osborne on the legacy of Lee Kuan Yew
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Distinguished historian of Southeast Asia Milton Osborne discusses the achievements of Lee Kuan Yew, who died earlier this week.
Mar 24, 2015
Rory Medcalf on Australia's security challenges
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The new head of ANU’s National Security College and Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow, Professor Rory Medcalf, discusses his views that Australia needs to rethink how it approaches and considers national security and defence. The interviewer is Lowy Institute Research Director Anthony Bubalo. Professor Medcalf outlines what new security risks Australia faces, and why he believes this security rethink is necessary. Anthony also asks Rory which nations he thinks are key strategic partners for Australia in the region:
Mar 17, 2015
Bernard Haykel on the threat of returning ISIS fighters
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Prof Bernard Haykel says the threat of returning fighters has been overstated. Most go to Syria and Iraq with no ambition of returning.
Mar 15, 2015
Women In Foreign Policy
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To commemorate International Women’s Day 2015, the Lowy Institute for International Policy hosted a special ‘Women in Foreign Policy’ panel. Jenny Hayward-Jones, Lauren Williams, Elaine Pearson and Geraldine Doogue discussed the gender challenges faced by women in Melanesia, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, as well as their personal experiences perusing careers that research, report and advocate gender issues in foreign policy.
Mar 13, 2015
Indonesia and the Islamic State - Sidney Jones
00:58:42
Few countries around the world have been untouched by the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and Indonesia is no exception. Extremists groups in Indonesia have pledged allegiance to Islamic State and a small but significant number of Indonesians have joined the ranks of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq. On 10 March, the Lowy Institute was pleased to host a conversation with one of the world’s leading experts on Islamist and extremist groups in Indonesia, Sidney Jones. From 2002 to 2013, Sidney worked with the International Crisis Group, first as Southeast Asia project director, then from 2007 as senior adviser to the Asia program.
Mar 10, 2015
Lowy Lecture Series: Andrew Colvin
00:57:59
On Thursday 5 March new AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin outlined his vision for the AFP’s future, in particular highlighting how a new approach to the AFP's longstanding engagement with international and national partners will help Australia’s law enforcement agencies protect Australia from a range of criminal and other threats. He also addressed questions from the audience regarding the prospect of the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia, foreign fighters, and working with state police forces.
Mar 05, 2015
Philippa Brant on Chinese aid to the Pacific
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Dr Philippa Brant's first-of-its-kind research tracks all China's foreign aid in the Pacific Islands region. In this interview she discusses her findings.
Mar 04, 2015
AMP China Series: The Economics of China
00:58:47
The slowdown in China's economic growth is making headlines around the world, raising a number of important questions. Given that the Chinese Party-state’s political legitimacy is to some extent based on improving economic well-being, to what extent will the slowdown in GDP affect political and social stability in China? What ramifications will it have for the Australian and global economies? At a more fundamental level, how do we reconcile the apparently deepening contradictions between Mao-era ideology and market-oriented reform? Join John Garnaut, Angus Bell and Merriden Varrall in an in-depth discussion of these issues, drawing on their many years of experience working on China.
Feb 27, 2015
Leon Berkelmans on the latest Greece-EU deal
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Greece has bought itself four more months. What needs to happen in that time? Lowy Institute economist Leon Berkelmans explains.
Feb 26, 2015
Jean-Marie Guéhenno on security and the tectonic shifts in Asian geopolitics
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Although the recent peaceful democratic transitions in Indonesia and Sri Lanka point to the very real progress towards more inclusive politics in Asia, the counter-currents in places like Thailand and Bangladesh show that the international community would be unwise to become complacent. The increasing power and reach of radical movements in the Middle East show how easily conflicts like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ukraine can metastasise across vulnerable and excluded communities. The growing power and confidence of China and India is ushering a new era of geopolitical competition in Asia and the world, but they also bring new resources and new thinking to the fight for global and regional security.
Feb 20, 2015
Aligned Allies: The Australia-Japan strategic partnership
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Despite much fretting from the Australian strategic commentariat, over the last decade Japan and Australia have developed a security partnership second only in depth to their respective alliance relationships with the United States. Under Prime Minister Abbott and Prime Minister Abe, the partnership has and likely will continue to deepen and broaden.
Feb 19, 2015
Indonesia expert Aaron Connelly on the Chan-Sukumaran case
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Sam Roggeveen talks with Aaron Connelly about last-minute diplomatic efforts to save Chan and Sukumaran from execution, and whether the death penalty will ever be abolished in Indonesia.
Feb 18, 2015
Michael Fullilove on Australia's dysfunctional politics
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Michael Fullilove discusses his Financial Times opinion piece on Australia's political leadership malaise.
Feb 11, 2015
Lowy Lecture Series - The year ahead in 2015
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Lowy Lecture Series - The year ahead in 2015 by Lowy Institute
Feb 10, 2015
Sir Simon Fraser on AUKMIN, ISIS and UK-Russia relations
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Sir Simon Fraser is Permanent Undersecretary of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the senior policy adviser to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
Feb 03, 2015
Terrorism expert Andrew Zammit on the Charlie Hebdo attack
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Terrorism expert Andrew Zammit on the Charlie Hebdo attack by Lowy Institute
Jan 14, 2015
2014 Year in Review: Aaron L. Connelly on Indonesia
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2014 Year in Review: Aaron L. Connelly on Indonesia by Lowy Institute
Dec 17, 2014
2014 Year in Review: Jenny Hayward-Jones and Mark Tamsitt on the Pacific Islands
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2014 Year in Review: Jenny Hayward-Jones and Mark Tamsitt on the Pacific Islands by Lowy Institute
Dec 17, 2014
2014 Year in Review: Leon Berkelmans and Stephen Grenville on the global economy
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2014 Year in Review: Leon Berkelmans and Stephen Grenville on the global economy by Lowy Institute
Dec 17, 2014
2014 Year in Review: Merriden Varrall and Rory Medcalf on security issues in Asia
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2014 Year in Review: Merriden Varrall and Rory Medcalf on security issues in Asia by Lowy Institute
Dec 17, 2014
Terrorism expert Adam Dolnik on the Martin Place siege
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Terrorism expert Adam Dolnik on the Martin Place siege by Lowy Institute
Dec 15, 2014
Address by Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine
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Address by Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine by Lowy Institute
Dec 12, 2014
Quick Comment: Sean Dorney on Australia-PNG relations
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Quick Comment: Sean Dorney on Australia-PNG relations by Lowy Institute
Dec 03, 2014
Australia and the 1951 Refugee Convention - Dr Khalid Koser
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On 27 November 2014, migration and refugee expert Dr Khalid Koser addressed the Lowy Institute on why the 1951 UN Refugee Convention needs to be reformed.
Nov 27, 2014
Quick Comment: Iran nuclear negotiations - Anthony Bubalo and Rodger Shanahan
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Lowy Institute Middle East experts Anthony Bubalo and Rodger Shanahan discuss the extension of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, and what this means for the process.
Nov 26, 2014
2014 Lowy Lecture: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
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On 17 November 2014, Her Excellency Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, delivered the 2014 Lowy Lecture at the Westin Sydney. Chancellor Merkel's address begins at 6:50. The Q&A session with Lowy Institute Executive Director begins at 31:29.
Nov 17, 2014
2014 Owen Harries Lecture by Stephen J. Hadley
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This year's Owen Harries Lecture was delivered by 2014 Telstra Distinguished International Fellow Stephen J. Hadley. Mr Hadley's speech discusses a 'new model' of power relations between the US and China, and what both sides can do to achieve it.
Nov 05, 2014
Quick Comment: Aaron L. Connelly on Jokowi's inauguration
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Lowy Institute Indonesia Fellow, Aaron L. Connelly discusses the inauguration of new Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo
Oct 21, 2014
Murray McLean on Gough Whitlam's China legacy
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Murray McLean on Gough Whitlam's China legacy by Lowy Institute
Oct 21, 2014
Quick Comment: 'Shirtfronting Putin' - Mike Callaghan on the G20 Brisbane summit
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This week Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised to 'shirtfront' Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Brisbane G20 Summit. The Interpreter's Sam Roggeveen spoke to Mike Callaghan, head of the Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre, about this recent verbal fussilade, and what it means for November's G20 summit in Brisbane.
Oct 15, 2014
'Corruption in China today' - John Garnaut and Merriden Varrall
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On 9 October 2014, Lowy Institute East Asia Program Director Merriden Varrall and Fairfax Media's Asia Pacific editor John Garnaut discussed what corruption means in China today, drawing on their experiences living and working in Beijing.
Oct 09, 2014
Quick Comment: Dr Merriden Varrall and Stephanie Dunstan discuss Hong Kong's Umbrella Protests
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Director of the East Asia Program, Dr Merriden Varrall discusses Hong Kong's umbrella protests.
Oct 07, 2014
'Order out of chaos? How to treat the Middle East's conflicts' - Martin S. Indyk
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On 24 September 2014 US Ambassador Martin Indyk, one of America’s foremost experts on the region and a Director of the Lowy Institute’s Board, addressed the Lowy Institute on the current turmoil in the Middle East.
Sep 24, 2014
Quick Comment: Anthony Bubalo and Sidney Jones discuss Indonesia and the fight against IS
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Lowy Institute Research Director Anthony Bubalo speaks with Sidney Jones, Director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict about Indonesia and the fight against the Islamic State (IS).
Sep 23, 2014
Chris Uhlmann & Steve Lewis on 'The Mandarin Code'
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An interview with the authors of a new Canberra-based political thriller, 'The Mandarin Code'.
Sep 21, 2014
'Fiji’s elections and transition to democracy'- Panel Event
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On 16 September 2014, the eve of Fiji’s first general elections since the 2006 military coup, the Lowy Institute held panel discussion on Fiji’s transition to democracy. The panel featured Jenny Hayward-Jones, Satish Chand, Ciaran O'Toole and Mereoni Chung.
Sep 16, 2014
Quick Comment: Rory Medcalf & Danielle Rajendram on PM Abbott's visit to India
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International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf and Research Associate Danielle Rajendram discuss Prime Minister Tony Abbott's recent visit to India. The visit marked an acceleration of Australia-India’s bilateral relationship with a deal for Australia to sell India uranium and a pledge of closer strategic and economic ties.
Sep 09, 2014
Australia and the fight against ISIS: Sam Roggeveen talks with James Brown
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Australia and the fight against ISIS: Sam Roggeveen talks with James Brown by Lowy Institute
Sep 04, 2014
'Extreme challenges facing women in PNG and the Pacific'- Natasha Stott Despoja & Jo Chandler
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Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja AM and award-winning journalist Jo Chandler spoke to the Lowy Institute’s Jenny Hayward-Jones to explore the very serious problems facing women in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Ambassador Stott Despoja outlined the work Australia is doing to promote gender equality in the international arena particularly in the Pacific. Jo Chandler spoke on the significant obstacles for women seeking justice in Papua New Guinea.
Aug 25, 2014
'Keogh Oration- The Strategic Utlity of Land Power' - Eliot Cohen
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On 13 August 2014, Eliot A. Cohen, a leading expert on strategic studies and former US foreign policy advisor under the Bush Administration, addressed the Lowy Institute about the evolving utility of strategic land power. Dr Cohen was introduced by the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison.
Aug 22, 2014
Launch of the Australian Government's economic diplomacy agenda - Julie Bishop and Andrew Robb
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On 18 August 2014, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP and Trade Minister Andrew Robb MP addressed the Lowy Institute to launch the Australian government's economic diplomacy agenda.
Aug 18, 2014
Quick Comment: Jenny Hayward-Jones & Tess Newton Cain on the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
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Quick Comment: Jenny Hayward-Jones & Tess Newton Cain on the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat by Lowy Institute
Aug 15, 2014