Michael Wesley

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15 Nov 2012

Drawing an analogy between the specialist skills needed in fishing to that of strategic intelligence analysis, this paper revisits the selection criteria for analysts who focus on terrorism.

As the global terrorist environment has changed significantly in the post-2001 era, additional analytical capabilities need...

Research report

25 Jul 2012

The territorial disputes in the South China Sea get much less attention than other crisis points, in the Taiwan Straits and the Korean Peninsula, but are arguably more unpredictable and dangerous. It is in the South China Sea that the components of Asia’s changing power...

Audio program

13 Jun 2011

Traditionally Australia's political allegiances have been with the United States. More recently our economic fortunes have been tied to China, which is asserting itself as a global power and in the process perhaps challenging American hegemony. So do we have to choose where our primary...

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12 Aug 2010

Since the election was first called on July 17, there has been little from either major party concerning foreign policy or national security. This discussion addresses the foreign policy issues not being raised during this election campaign.

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22 Mar 2010

Liu Xiaobo, one of the most celebrated public intellectuals in China, was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison for incitement to subversion. Diplomats and human rights activists have joined in condemning the sentence on grounds both of its lack of legal validity and its...

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15 Mar 2010

On the occasion of the publication of his political memoirs, the Lowy Institute hosted former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser for a conversation on Australian foreign policy.

From the Vietnam War to the Afghanistan War, from international law to the treatment...

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21 Aug 2009

In this new Lowy Institute Policy Brief, Executive Director Michael Wesley analyses the multi-faceted international student debate. It canvasses the dynamics of the international student industry and the social, economic and criminal issues faced by international students during their time in Australia. Wesley scutinises the...

Audio program

3 Jul 2009

The world after the Global Financial Crisis will be a world which asks some very searching questions of Australia's foreign policy makers, businesspeople, and citizens.

How should Australia respond to the new position of China as a key power determining the future of collective...

Research report

10 Jun 2009

Australia needs half of the population to be fluent in an Asian language within 30 years or risk falling behind other countries, this report has found.

Australia must abandon its monolingual mindset to keep pace with economic and political power houses of China, India,...

Research report

21 Nov 2007

While our attention was turned inwards or focused on the Middle East and the threat of Islamic extremism, Australians have become comfortable with the neighbourhood. In this essay from the 'In the Neighbourhood edition' of the Griffith Review, Michael Wesley describes this as part of...

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