Diplomacy

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Briefing paper

Post-pandemic governance in the Indo-Pacific

COVID-19 presents new challenges to the existing governance objectives of USAID’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, especially as great power competitors, like China, use the pandemic as a vehicle to further exacerbate existing democratic backsliding, corruption and disinformation.
Policy report

The Chinese Communist Party’s coercive diplomacy

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is increasingly deploying coercive diplomacy against foreign governments and companies. This report tracks the CCP’s use of coercive diplomacy over the past 10 years, recording 152 cases of coercive diplomacy affecting 27 countries, as well as the European Union.
Report

Canadian views on China: from ambivalence to distrust

Canadian attitudes towards China have undergone a dramatic shift – from ambivalence to distrust – since the two countries became locked in a diplomatic dispute in late 2018. This paper argues that these hardened sentiments are unlikely to dissipate and Canada–China relations seem to have...
Report

Historical tensions and contemporary governance challenges in Southeast Asia: the case of Indonesia

In this report, published by the Brookings Institution, Ben Bland explains why Western nations need to engage with Indonesia in its own right, not as a part of plan to counterbalance China. To do so successfully, they need to develop a much better understanding of...
Discussion paper

National mobilisation during war: past insights, future possibilities

Wars often arrive unexpectedly, and their nature and scope are rarely understood before they start. This paper aims to provide a structured way of thinking about mobilisation policymaking and planning that takes this inherent uncertainty into account.
Report

Next generation perspectives on the US-Australia alliance

The five essays in this publication are a window to the views of young Australians on how they view the future of the US-Australia alliance. The arguments presented by the authors demonstrate that young people have an appreciation for the rich history of the alliance...
Transcript

Australia's role in human rights in a changing world

The 2019 Whitlam Oration was delivered by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, at the Seymour Centre (Sydney) on October 9, 2019.
Discussion paper

Trump or Biden? The potential impact of the US election on India

India cannot afford to adopt a simplistic approach to foreign policy issues and must realise that absolute convergence is impossible with any country. It is important to realise that ties between India and the US are driven by mutual economic and strategic interests and the...
Interactive resource

Emerging from COVID, securing Australia’s future: policy responses to the pandemic

Through this interactive resource, Lowy Institute experts provide policy recommendations for Australia to address issues that are critical to our nation’s — and the world’s — successful emergence from the pandemic.
Discussion paper

How good is the Australia-China relationship?

In a disrupted world, how Australia manages its relationship with the dominant regional, and potentially global, power matters. China is here to stay, and no amount of Australian stridency changes that fact.
Policy report

Strengthening Australia's relationships with countries in the Pacific islands region

Australia’s relationships with the countries of the Pacific islands region are many and varied. This policy brief focuses on how Australia can further develop and strengthen its relationships with Pacific island countries and with the Pacific islands region more generally.
Policy report

The Minsk Conundrum: Western policy and Russia’s war in Eastern Ukraine

The Minsk agreements rest on two irreconcilable interpretations of Ukraine’s sovereignty: is Ukraine sovereign, as Ukrainians insist, or should its sovereignty be limited, as Russia demands? Instead of trying to resolve an unresolvable contradiction, Western policymakers should acknowledge the starkness of the Minsk conundrum.
Report

India and the United States: a bi-polar bilateral relationship?

In a post-Covid-19 world, the India-US relationship is likely to be important, not just in the context of South Asia, but also for the Indo-Pacific region as well as globally. In recent months, Washington and Delhi have signalled that they will strengthen defence co-operation.
Policy report

Winning hearts and likes

This report highlights and recognises the value of social media for the defence community — especially as a means of providing information and support for currently serving personnel and their families—by supporting the use of Facebook for those purposes by all defence units.
Report

Will China’s ‘COVID-aid’ offensive reshape ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific outlook?

Southeast Asian governments – which are badly affected by the pandemic – have been the leading recipients of Chinese aid. It comes at a time when ASEAN is attempting to reappraise its position with respect to the US and China, given accelerating competition between the...
Briefing paper

China’s coronavirus ‘COVID-19 diplomacy’ in the Pacific

As the largest new player in the region, this paper briefly examines China’s ‘COVID-19 diplomacy’ and argues that the pandemic may have geopolitical consequences.
Discussion paper

Demonising China during COVID-19

This papers argues that much of the corona virus ‘blame game’, including the Australian government’s call for an international independent inquiry into China’s actions, is misguided and self-interested.
Report

Eyes wide open: managing the Australia-China Antarctic relationship

The recommendations in the report are designed to maximise the value and mitigate the downside risks of China engagement for Australia's Antarctic and broader national interests.
Briefing paper

COVID-19 and conflict: seven trends to watch

The COVID-19 pandemic unquestionably presents an era-defining challenge to public health and the global economy. Its political consequences, both short- and long-term, are less well understood.
Report

Influencing the EU after Brexit

As the UK government attempts to negotiate a new partnership with the European Union (EU) it will have to rebuild its influence in Brussels. This report sets out how the UK can ensure it remains an influential voice in the EU once it no longer...