International relations

Research report

25 Jul 2017

For Australia to successfully influence the Trump administration, Australian political leaders will need to invest more personal time in Washington with the figures that command the president’s attention. Critical in this allocation of effort is the need to focus on individuals likely to last...

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21 Jul 2017

The May 2017 takeover of the southern Philippine city of Marawi by an alliance of pro-ISIS militants will have ramifications for the region long after the Philippines military retakes the city. These could include a higher risk of violent attacks in other Philippine cities and in Indonesia and...

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Commentary

20 Jul 2017

When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the establishment of a Home Affairs portfolio this week, he described it as “similar to the Home Office of the United Kingdom”. Drawing inspiration from this British model is worrisome for the immigration portfolio.

Planning immigration has...

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19 Jul 2017

Support for protectionist trade policies flares up periodically, usually during periods of slow economic and income growth. Now is one of those periods.

The trend towards use of tariffs and other protectionist measures has lifted in G20 countries since the Global Financial Crisis and...

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Audio podcast

18 Jul 2017

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...

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Research report

11 Jul 2017

Whether in Mexico, the US or Australia, the image of the transnational serious and organised crime (OC) threat from ‘Mexican cartels’ used to construct policy doesn’t appear to engage with the reality that there’s no homogeneous Mexican cartel, cartels or OC group.

This report argues that...

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11 Jul 2017

King Vajiralongkorn’s elevation to the Chakri throne comes after decades of whispers that he is an unsuitable king for Thailand. Despite these concerns, the military leadership has swung behind their new monarch. But the potential for future turbulence under the government led by General Prayuth...

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Report

11 Jul 2017

This report outlines the horrifying scale of death, injury and suffering of civilians trapped in the battle for west Mosul. The report documents how the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) moved civilians from neighbouring villages into the zones of the battle in west Mosul, trapped them...

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Research report

10 Jul 2017

This report is the continuation of the Edmund Rice Centre’s determination to investigate Australia’s most recent deportations to Afghanistan by providing an overview of Afghanistan’s current security, political, and socio-economic situation, the drivers and trends of migration, and the returnees...

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Research report

06 Jul 2017

This strategy paper evaluates the prospects for the development of a strategic energy partnership between Australia and Germany based on the potential for Australia to emerge as Europe’s major supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

At first glance, Australia’s growing export capacity,...

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Briefing paper

30 Jun 2017

The South China Sea fishery is being depleted at an unsustainable rate and in a destructive manner.

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  • Twelve per cent of the global fish catch comes from the South China Sea, but that fishery is headed for collapse.
  • This will have important
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Research report

30 Jun 2017

The global system of alliances that the United States built after the Second World War underpinned the stability and prosperity of the postwar order. But during the 20th century, the multilateral NATO alliance system in Europe and the bilateral San Francisco alliance system in Asia rarely...

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Book

30 Jun 2017

Australia (together with New Zealand) is one of the few Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries with which the EU does not have a comprehensive trade agreement. Australia and the EU are entering a new phase in the bilateral relationship, and the push towards a...

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Research report

30 Jun 2017

Australia’s preoccupation with the US-China dynamic in recent years is unsurprising — given its historic relationship with America and the size of economic engagement with China. It is to be expected that some see a role for Australia in mediating the intensifying contest between these giants....

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Research report

30 Jun 2017

The two-decade period of United States post-Cold War predominance is now over, and an era of greater multipolarity has begun. Many fear that the rise of China and a resurgent Russia will bring marked decline in respect for rules and international law. Western policymakers are responding by...

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30 Jun 2017

The West is in deep trouble. As a geopolitical entity, a model of economic success, a cultural and moral ideal, and as a superior form of governance the West seems to have lost its way. The leadership of the free world by the United States is now fraught with uncertainty. In America, and much of...

Audio interview

22 Jun 2017

The destruction of Mosul's Al Nuri mosque is another reminder that Islamic State's main victims have been Muslims, according to Andrew Zammit, a terrorism researcher who's written papers for the Lowy Institute and the Institute for Regional Security. He says it shows ISIS has been prepared to...

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Report

21 Jun 2017

The 2017 Poll is the thirteenth annual Poll by the Lowy Institute. As always, the Poll has incorporated a broad range of questions about some of our most important relationships, including those with the United States and China, and asked Australians to consider how much they trust various...

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Journal article

19 Jun 2017

One of the most widely-endorsed norms in Australian politics is the requirement for bipartisanship in the management of defence and security policy. This norm is assumed to lead to good policy creation, foster political unity, and protect those who implement national policy (particularly the...

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Article

19 Jun 2017

The technical bastardry of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in degrading its shortwave broadcasts to the South Pacific has been starkly revealed. The bloody-mindedness helps explain the dumb decision to turn off Australia’s shortwave service that broadcasts to northern Australia and the...