World politics

Discussion paper

30 Aug 2018

In this Centre of Gravity paper, Christopher B. Roberts, Director of the National Asian Studies Centre at the University of Canberra and a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, argues that Francis Fukuyama’s famous ‘end of history’ thesis is being challenged by...



21 Mar 2017

LAST week was not a great one for nativist populism. Coming off the high of Brexit and Trump, fellow travellers across the globe have been angling for their own successes, but these are proving elusive. In two distinct disappointments, Geert Wilders’s Party for Freedom, or...

Journal article

14 Feb 2017

The essence of global studies is to present the challenges facing humanity in the modern age, and the implications these hold for political and legal thought. This article explores these implications from a new perspective, a new world view which assumes the existence of a...


7 Dec 2016

This report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative in tone and extremely light on policy. The...


23 Nov 2016

The new millennium has seen the rise and rapid global spread of what can fairly be called a new democratic institution, the independent political fact-checker. The first organisations dedicated to publicly evaluating the truth of political claims appeared in the United States in the early...

Audio podcast

2 Nov 2016

Only 9% of the media coverage of the US election has been on policy issues. The public policy podcast, the Policy Shop, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Professor Glyn Davis, looks at the lack of policy discussion in the race for...

Briefing paper

16 Feb 2016

After a decade of discussions, China and Russia finally signed a $400 billion, 30 year gas deal in May 2014. But it was only a month later that world oil prices began a steady descent, reshaping China’s outlook towards energy security, and its viewpoint towards...


27 Jan 2016

World Report 2016 summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide.

It reflects investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2015, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in focus. In his keynote...

Discussion paper

1 Oct 2015

From its inception on 26 January 1950, the Republic of India has possessed the strategic vision of playing a major role in Asian and world affairs. During the Cold War period, it was a leading member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), but an extremely low...


7 Jul 2015

Provides a dashboard of key indicators assembled with the goal of contributing to the analysis and international comparison of public sector performance. Indicators on government revenues, expenditures, and employment are provided alongside key output and outcome data in the sectors of education, health and justice....

Literature review

17 Jul 2012

Fragile states are those characterised by problems of weak governance or of conflict, internal or cross-border. They are also described, less crisply but more carefully, as countries in fragile and conflict-affected situations – hence the acronym used in this paper, FCA countries. For about a...


1 May 2012

The 21 st century is a critical period for people and the planet. The global population reached 7 billion during 2011 and the United Nations projections indicate that it will reach between 8 and 11 billion by 2050.

Human impact on the Earth raises...

Discussion paper

29 Apr 2012

A key challenge for Australian policy makers is developing an understanding of the sorts of security threats likely to confront Australia in the years ahead. Typically, this cognitive process involves inferring from past and present trends to produce a prevailingly linear picture of future developments....


29 Feb 2012

Developing countries in Asia are growing steadily--in some cases rapidly--and becoming increasingly affluent.

China, India, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and Lao PDR, all of which were classified by the World Bank as 'low-income' countries (LICs) at some point in the late 1990s/early 2000s, have...

Working paper

29 Feb 2012

Developing countries in Asia are growing steadily--in some cases rapidly--and becoming increasingly affluent. The big challenge for Australian aid policy-makers during the Asian Century will thus be to manage these contradictions emerging from a more affluent Asia.

China, India, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and...


29 Sep 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the commissioning of a White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century, at a luncheon hosted by Asialink and the Asia Society AustralAsia Centre.

"Asia has never been of greater global significance and as global economic and...


28 Sep 2011

Outlines some of the challenges faced by Asia's economic and political rise and shifts.

On 8 July 2011, the Lowy Institute for International Policy hosted its eighth annual New Voices conference. The 2011 conference ‘Dynamic Asia’ adopted an Indo-Pacific regional focus. Never before in...


19 Sep 2011

Non-profit organisations have been identified as potentially significant contributors to terroism financing. This paper explores how terrorist groups take advantage of these organisations and the evidence available for the misuse of funds. The manner in which terrorist organisations finance their activities became a policy focal...

Discussion paper

16 Jun 2011

Over the past two decades the increase in global research output has been driven largely by an increase in international research collaborations (highlighted by the need to solve major global problems, for example in medicine and the environment). It is evidenced in increasing rates of...


13 May 2011

Global poverty has complex causes and wide-ranging effects. In this essay Michelle Sowey examines the scale of the problem together with its impacts.

It also considers a range of approaches to reducing poverty, and reviews the status of global action aimed at achieving the...



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