Fergus Hanson

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22 February 2015

This paper discusses the Islamic State's success in using social media and other communications technologies to recruit fighters from Southeast Asia and Australia.

5 June 2012

The 2012 Lowy Institute Poll reports the results of a nationally representative opinion survey of 1,005 Australian adults conducted in Australia between 26 March and 10 April 2012 using mobile and landline telephones.

It also reports the results of a parallel survey...

27 March 2012

This report maps the US State Department's rapidly growing ediplomacy effort.

It reveals State now employs over 150 full-time ediplomacy personnel working in 25 different nodes at Headquarters. More than 900 people use ediplomacy at US missions abroad.


20 March 2012

The findings of the latest Lowy Institute Indonesia Poll challenge many assumptions about Indonesia.

The Lowy Institute Indonesia Poll reports the results of the Institute’s second opinion poll in Indonesia. The findings challenge many assumptions about Indonesia on...

28 June 2011

New questions this year cover attitudes towards the US alliance and the war in Afghanistan, opinions on basing US forces in Australia, WikiLeaks, foreign aid and the intervention in Libya.

The Poll also repeated questions asked in previous years, revealing trends in...

7 April 2011

In light of the continued diplomatic truce with Taiwan, this paper reassesses the drivers of China’s engagement in the Pacific, examines trends in China’s aid giving and associated concerns, as well as survey results of China’s follow-through on aid delivery since 2005.


30 November 2010

E-diplomacy is disrupting old ways of achieving foreign policy goals, writes Fergus Hanson for the Australian, and DFAT needs to catch up.

Last week Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd set out his vision for the future of the Department of Foreign Affairs and...

29 October 2010

Does Australia understand the leaders of our region? This paper presents the results of a major empirical study of nearly 100 senior leaders in Timor-Leste and Samoa, from the President and Prime Minister down.

There is good reason to believe that leaders matter, and that...

31 May 2010

The sixth annual Lowy Institute poll surveys Australian public opinion on a range of foreign policy issues, including the Rudd Government’s handling of foreign policy issues, whether Australia should develop nuclear weapons, attitudes towards Indonesia and US power, sanctions against Fiji and more.

8 March 2010

The relationship with Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important but it is still not on a firm footing, argues Fergus Hanson.

Government-to-government ties have been strengthening but relations are focused around a mostly negative set of...