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
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
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
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 [...]
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
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
Positioned at the midpoint between narcotics producers in South America and U.S. consumers, Guatemala has become a major hub for overland drug trafficking.
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.
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
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
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
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
Clashes between the Turkish government and the Kurdish insurgent group PKK have killed more than 150 people since Turkey's mid-June elections, and this new cycle of tension and violence shows signs of spiraling out of control.
Historian Keith Jeffery was given access to the holy grail of British archives, those of the Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6. In this Lowy presentation he talks entertainingly about how he went about writing his new book, MI6:...Show More Summary
In my interview by podcast for Truthdig this week, I discuss Palestinian statehood and how foolish the US government is in sptopping this movement. I also describe the demonstrations at Wall Street
Nicholas Kulish has a New York Times front-pager on the rise of networked protest movements in consolidated democracies like India, Israel, and Greece. I hereby officially accuse Anne-Marie Slaughter of hacking into the NYT website and...Show More Summary
That headline was also the title of former BBC Sydney correspondent Nick Bryant's last post on his widely read blog. Nick's posting with the BBC has now ended, but he's staying in Australia and is busy promoting a book, Adventures in...Show More Summary
On social media websites Zambian voters revealed delays of opening of polling stations, late-coming presiding officers, change of polling stations and even a shortage of ballot papers.
Earlier I linked to economist Tyler Cowen's list of reasons why a carbon tax might not be a good idea. Here's reason 1: Other countries won’t follow suit and then we are doing something with almost zero effectiveness. The Australia-India...Show More Summary
Every holiday season since 1971 when I hear John and Yoko Lennon and those adorable children's voices from the Harlem Community Choir singing Happy Xmas...