Anthony Bubalo


Anthony Bubalo is the Research Director at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He has produced research on a variety of Middle Eastern issues, including Middle East - Asia linkages,  Islamism, democratisation, terrorism and energy security. He comments on Middle Eastern politics for the Australian and international media outlets. He has written for The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Financial Times, Ha'aretz and Asahi Shimbun newspapers as well as The American Interest and  Before joining the Lowy Institute Anthony was an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He served in Australian diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia and Israel and was Middle East Analyst with the Office of National Assessments from 1996 to 1998. 

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15 Apr 2016

Examines the effect of the current turmoil in the Middle East on Indonesian students studying in Egypt and Turkey.

Summary In this Lowy Institute Report, Lowy Institute Deputy Director, Anthony Bubalo, together with Sidney Jones and Navhat Nuraniyah from the Institute for Policy...

Audio interview

12 Mar 2015

Few countries around the world have been untouched by the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and Indonesia is no exception. Extremists groups in Indonesia have pledged allegiance to Islamic State and a small but significant number of Indonesians have joined the ranks...


8 May 2014

What are the foreign policies and relationships that will matter the most to Australia in 2014? And how might the new Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop make her mark at home and abroad? This year we’ll once again take stock, looking at the challenges, relationships...


31 Mar 2014

Current turmoil in the Middle East is incubating a new generation of jihadists, and represents a serious threat to Australia’s security, argues this report.

Executive summary

The current turmoil in the Middle East is incubating a new generation of jihadists. Syria has...


30 Sep 2013

This report examines the trajectory of the Syrian conflict in the wake of the Russian and US agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.

It argues that while that agreement, enshrined in Security Council Resolution 2118, may remove a pernicious class of weapons from the...

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