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International Mother Language Day in Francophone Regions

February 21st is International Mother Language Day. Discussion of the origins of this celebration, and a brief review of current developments in French language and new technologies.

Republicans silent as Netanyahu disses Gen. Dempsey

Courtesy Paul Jamiol For background see this posting and Ian Master’s recent interview with me on this issue

John Tirman: Afghanistan: "A Deeply Violated Land"

For people who pay close attention to America's many military interventions, Afghanistan seems mostly opaque to understanding. Basically, we want it to end. For us. And so we let it slip away from our thoughts.

5-minute Lowy lunch: Jamie Briggs MP

For our latest 5-minute Lowy lunch, I interviewed one of Australia's newest and youngest MPs, the Liberal Member for Mayo, Jamie Briggs. Jamie won the by-election for Mayo in 2008 after the retirement of former Foreign Minister Alexander...Show More Summary

5-minute Lowy Lunch: Stop the boats

We've been getting inquiries from the media and the political world about yesterday's presentation by Dr Khalid Koser on Australia's unauthorised boat arrival problem, and for good reason. You can listen to the full presentation here. Koser is a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute who has written various publications for Lowy. Show More Summary

5-minute Lowy lunch: Nuclear genie

[vimeo:33012805] Leading nuclear expert Professor Scott Sagan, from Stanford University, gave lectures and interviews around Australia during his visit last week, and on Thursday he was at the Lowy Institute in Sydney to take part in...Show More Summary

5-minute Lowy lunch: Future aid

Last week's Wednesday Lowy Lecture guest was John McArthur, Senior Advisor and until recently CEO of Millennium Promise, the leading international NGO committed to supporting the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)....Show More Summary

Rafeef Ziadah: ‘I am an Arab woman of color and we come in all Shades of Anger, beware’

Rafeef Ziadah's Nov. 12th performance in London of her Palestinian anthem, Shades of Anger, has gone viral on-line

Interview: In the house with Obama

The Lowy Institute's Michael Fullilove was in the gallery of the House of Representatives chamber to hear President Obama's speech this morning. In this interview, Michael and I talk about about the policy goals of the speech, and I also draw on Michael's knowledge of speech-making to get his assessment of Obama's address as a piece of rhetoric. Show More Summary

Interview: FT editor Lionel Barber

Financial Times editor Lionel Barber is in Sydney to deliver the annual Lowy Lecture this evening. He dropped by the Lowy Institute this afternoon, and he was kind enough to sit for a short interview. The theme of Barber's speech isShow More Summary

5-minute Lowy Lunch: Special ops

Last Wednesday the Lowy Institute scored a bit of a coup, with Brigadier Roger Noble, Director General of Special Operations Capability for the Australian Army, dropping by to give a speech. This secretive part of the defence establishment...Show More Summary

On Slate: Palestinians have a ‘violent, vengeful’ culture (but some smart talk about Jews)

Writes my friend Rahim: Just wanted to chime in on the topic of journalistic racism against Palestinians. I thought you would appreciate hearing last week's Slate Political gabfest, a podcast where two of the panelists are left leaning--Slate editor David Plotz and writer/Yale Law School faculty member Emily Bazelon. They brought up the topic of [...]

The Obama visit: A picture is forming

We're starting to get an idea of the substance of President Obama's visit to Australia next week. One encouraging sign comes from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who says President Obama's speech to a joint sitting of parliament...Show More Summary

India, US, Australia: Stronger together

The term 'Indo-Pacific' has crept into the international relations vocabulary of late. Lowy Institute scholars have started adopting this term, and it appeared in Hillary Clinton's recent Foreign Policy essay on 'America's Pacific Century'. It's...Show More Summary

Kimberly Abbott: Guatemala: Drug Trafficking and Violence (AUDIO)

Positioned at the midpoint between narcotics producers in South America and U.S. consumers, Guatemala has become a major hub for overland drug trafficking.

Kimberly Abbott: Bosnia: What Does Republika Srpska Want? (AUDIO)

Post-war economic growth and reconstruction in Republika Srpska and the rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina mask a reality of lingering wartime trauma, which runs deep in the social psyches of both populations.

5-minute Lowy Lunch: Indonesia rising

Indonesia's democratisation and economic development have been tremendously beneficial developments for Australia. But Josh Frydenberg, former senior adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Prime Minister John Howard and now...Show More Summary

5-minute Lowy Lunch: The ASEAN way

Last Wednesday the Lowy Institute hosted distinguished historian Professor Nicholas Tarling, who spoke on the history of ASEAN. As you will hear from his full remarks, Professor Tarling takes his research all the way back to the pre-colonial...Show More Summary

Michael Kirby on the Commonwealth

Ahead of next week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, former High Court Justice Michael Kirby stopped by the Lowy Institute last week to explain his work as Australia's representative on the Commonwealth's Eminent Persons...Show More Summary

5-minute Lowy Lunch: AusAID today

AusAID Director-General Peter Baxter gave this week's Wednesday Lowy Lunch lecture, delivering a spirited defence of Australia's aid budget, which you can listen to here. While AusAID has endured criticism over inefficient use of costly...Show More Summary

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