Report

Lebanon: a fractured nation with a chequered history and a troubled future

This paper argues that Lebanon has stumbled from one political crisis into another in recent times, and is in danger of becoming a victim of power-hungry foreign actors who seek economic, strategic and political gains by controlling the country.
Report

How to fail (forward): a framework for fostering innovation in the public sector

The work in this report was conducted prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. But if ever there was a time when the public sector needed to foster innovation, it is now. As we have seen first-hand, governments must serve proactively and more nimbly...
Guide

Biden vs Trump: an Australian guide to the issues

In this collection of essays, United States Studies Centre experts cover the broad array of policy positions a Biden or Trump Administration could take, and the impact for Australia.
Book

A populist exception?

The ‘spectre of populism’ might be an apt description for what is happening in different parts of the world, but does it apply to New Zealand? This book draws on the 2017 New Zealand Election Study to uncover New Zealanders’ political attitudes and preferences post-election.
Report

A force for good in the world: placing democratic values at the heart of the UK’s international strategy

As the United Kingdom looks outward as post-Brexit ‘Global Britain’, the world is facing both rising authoritarianism and democratic decline. This policy paper argues that the UK should issue a new integrated cross-Whitehall strategy to defend established democracies and institutions, support emerging or struggling democracies...
Report

Political trust and democracy in times of coronavirus: is Australia still the lucky country?

Public trust as a political resource is particularly important in times of coronavirus. This report presents findings from a survey of a representative sample of 1059 Australians aged between 18 and 75 years. The survey was conducted between May and June 2020 in Australia, Italy...
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...
Discussion paper

The reconstruction memorandum: building back better or just bigger?

This discussion paper from the Australia Institute outlines how Australia could emerge from the COVID-19 crisis as one of the richest countries in the world, while gaining long-lasting benefits from economic stimulus projects and a renewed faith in the effectiveness of democratic governance.
Report

Lowy Institute poll 2020

The 2020 Lowy Institute Poll records unprecedented shifts in public opinion. Only half the country reports feeling safe — a record low for Australians. Our concern about a global economic downturn has skyrocketed. Optimism about our economic prospects has sunk to an historic low.