Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison will attend the IMF-World Bank annual meetings that kick off today (Friday 7 October) in Washington. Should we expect 'big' outcomes from these meetings? On past form, no. The best we can hope is that finance ministers come away a little wiser and a little more
By Rachael Buckland, an intern with the Migration and Border Policy Project
An Amnesty International report shows 10 countries – Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad – which account for less than 2.5% of world GDP take
António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres is all but confirmed as the next secretary-general of the United Nations with the Security Council set to forward his nomination to the General Assembly. He will become the fourth Western European, the ninth man, and the first former head of government to
The last person to be elected governor of Jakarta ended up President of Indonesia after two years which helps explain why the country's elites have so much invested in next year's election.
The three pairs of candidates vying to be governor and deputy are all backed by prominent politicians and
ASEAN: not all at sea
With the Philippines mired in drug executions, Malaysia caught up in corruption allegations and a broader impasse over China's maritime boundary claims, Southeast Asia's plans for regional economic integration have been facing some new scepticism. Sanchita Basu Das at the
By Harriet Smith, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program.
Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato is in Canberra this week discussing the future of the Manus Island detention Centre. He spoke to the ABC about the agenda.
Minister Pato has also reiterated that PNG’
The indefatigable Kevin Rudd appeared in the news on the UN secretary-general (SG) race yet again in recent days. After denying that Rudd had sought out other countries to nominate him for SG, his spokesperson released a statement claiming that another government had approached Rudd about giving him
As the media becomes full with images of the bombing of Aleppo, calls for military action by Washington to stop civilian deaths become louder and louder. As a former military planner though, I side with President Obama when he says that he hasn’t seen a military option that stops the civil war
While Donald Trump plans to fix America’s economic malaise by blocking imports from Mexico and China, the latest IMF World Economic Outlook laments the slow growth of global trade. They can’t both be right.
It is almost exactly 200 years since David Ricardo set out the advantages of countries
A cardinal principle of diplomacy is never to allow frustration over failed negotiations to prevent their eventual resumption.
US Secretary of State John Kerry now appears to have done this overnight following collapse on 19 September of the Aleppo ceasefire he had painstakingly negotiated with
President Barack Obama made what is likely to be his final trip to the Middle East as president on Friday to deliver a eulogy for Shimon Peres. It was full of personal memories of his conversations with Peres, who for most of Obama's presidency was his protocol opposite in Israel and, perhaps more
President Obama had a line in his speech at Hiroshima earlier this year that really zeros in on one of the themes of the modern nuclear era.
After describing World War II and the destruction caused by the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagaskai, the President said: 'Science allows us to
This December will mark the 75th anniversary of one of the most momentous developments in Australian foreign policy, war-time Prime Minister John Curtin's famous turn to America.
As we relax after Christmas and tune in to the Boxing Day Test, it may be worth reflecting on Curtin's New Year's
By John Gooding, Digital Editor at the Lowy Institute and Associate Editor at The Interpreter.
After four years, this week the G20 Studies Centre drew to a close. Tristram Sainsbury, Project Director in the G20 Studies Centre, reflected on his two years in the program:
The G20 Studies Centre was
Readers, Monday is the Labour Day public holiday here in Australia, so normal publication resumes on Tuesday. But look out for our usual weekly wrap tomorrow morning, and then at noon, a special Saturday article by the Shadow Foreign Minister, Senator Penny Wong, in what will be her first
Earlier this week tech entrepreneur Elon Musk announced his company SpaceX's vision for human colonisation of Mars. Musk has been treated as something of a visionary in recent years for his leadership of the electric car company Tesla, but the company's planned takeover of SolarCity has been badly
By Rachael Buckland, an intern with the Migration and Border Policy Project, and Jiyoung Song, Director of the Migration and Border Policy Project.
Asia is home to the most refugees and displaced people of any region, including the world's largest-known stateless group, Myanmar's Rohingya. Although
By special arrangement, The Interpreter presents this obituary previously published by Haaretz.
Friedrich Nietzsche provided the formula that was the essence of Shimon Peres’s long and remarkable life. 'One is fruitful only at the cost of being rich in contradictions; one remains young only
By Rachael Buckland, an intern with the Migration and Border Policy Project.
François Crépeau, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, is scheduled to visit Australia in November. This follows written assurances from the Australian government addressing perceived
Tomorrow will be the final official day of the Lowy Institute for International Policy’s G20 Studies Centre.
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison will be speaking at the Lowy Institute tomorrow on the themes of trade, investment and immigration, all crucial dimensions to current discussions
It is rarely acknowledged that the list of Australian journalists working on China in recent times is pretty stellar. Just off the top of my head I can think of Jane Perlez (New York Times), John Garnaut (formerly Fairfax), Stephen McDonell (BBC), Chris Buckley (New York Times) and of course Richard
The Prime Minister of Fiji delivered a keynote address to the UN General Assembly, during which he stated Fiji will be 'more discerning' in its choice of friends, a marked change in rhetoric.The work behind the Lowy Institute’s mapping project ‘Chinese Aid in the Pacific’ is examined here,
Hammering out an international agreement on limiting carbon emissions is hard enough, as anyone who has attended the succession of conferences on such a treaty since the Copenhagen meeting in 2009 can testify. But as the subsequent history of both the extended Kyoto Protocol agreed at a meeting in
Two weeks on from the worst attack on Indian soldiers in Kashmir for decades, the dust is starting to settle. Many Indian politicians, press, and analysts had struck a relentlessly hostile note, demanding that New Delhi take (in their view) long overdue military action against the Pakistani
The issue of human rights in West Papua was high on the agenda at the recent Pacific Islands Forum in the Federated States of Micronesia. Despite the sensitivities for member countries like Australia and Papua New Guinea, leaders at the forum also agreed the issue should stay on the agenda for
China has now started to operate the world's largest radio telescope. The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) rests in a natural depression in Guizhou, and resembles the famous 300 metre Arecibo dish in Puerto Rico. Size alone does not speak of its power. The telescope's reflecting
Arguably the most important fact about contemporary Australian foreign policy is that, for the first time in our history, Australia's major trading partner is a peer competitor of our major ally. Previously the UK, then the US and in more recent times Japan were not only our chief foreign economic
By John Gooding, Digital Editor at the Lowy Institute and Associate Editor at The Interpreter.
This week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull flew to New York, where he sparred with former PM Kevin Rudd, met with the rapper Ludacris, and addressed two summits on refugees and immigration.
Two international summits held in New York this week were intended to generate fresh political will and substantial new pledges to bolster the international response to refugees. Australia's contribution to these summits was not only inadequate, it demonstrated a fundamental misconception of the
This week the polling company Essential Research dropped a bombshell of a result: 49% of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration (40% oppose, and 11% don't know). Split by the major parties, 60% of Liberal voters, 40% of Labor voters and 34% of Greens voters support a ban.
While none of
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has laid out some tough parameters for her newly commissioned White Paper. It will set out a 'philosophical framework to guide Australia's engagement, regardless of international events', have a 'global focus', and 'look at how to maximise our influence (and) shape the
In April last year, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were among eight people executed by firing squad in Indonesia. Their deaths brought the issue of capital punishment to the forefront of Australia’s consciousness and reignited debate over the practice on a global scale.
The relationship between the intelligence and strategic communities on the one hand, and economists on the other, has a rich and storied history. Nobel Laurette Thomas Schelling perhaps exemplifies the interactions at their best. Schelling’s work on game theory and strategy influenced US
Canberra’s own lame duck
The federal government’s lobbying of US politicians to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal this week may look a little hollow when the Americans see what is happening Down Under. No less than two committees in the new Federal Parliament have
Logically it's a direct line: as the US turns towards the Asia-Pacific, Europe will have to pick up the resulting slack in its defense, and will increasingly rely on its own devices to do so as the traditional English brake on any development of an European Army disappears. Is this theory borne
After years of refugee and migrant crises, for the first time in history this week 193 UN member states agreed to a unified approach. It was a consensus that was mostly talk with little action but it could yet be a platform for change.
The Summit's main achievement was to adopt the New York
Pacific nations stood together at the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants, calling for help addressing issues such as the detention centre on Nauru and climate refugees, while Australia defended its border protection policies.Connect Settlement Services has become the third major
If you have enjoyed the music of one-time diplomat turned musician and now author, Fred Smith, why not come and hear him in conversation with the Lowy Institute's research director Anthony Bubalo in Sydney tomorrow. Fred's acclaimed album Dust of Uruzgan evokes the two years he spent working
Last Friday, I joined a panel discussion at the Young Australians in International Affairs Future 21 conference. The YAIIA is a great organisation, and if you have any interest in international affairs, you should check it out. Future21 was its first national conference and had a stellar line up of
Yesterday Lowy Institute Research Fellow and resident Indonesia expert Aaron Connelly spoke to ANU's Eve Warburton on how Jokowi has managed to achieve something of a political comeback over the past year, what he plans to do with all this new power, and how Jokowi is managing resource nationalism
As planting season started in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan this spring, so did the fighting. One farmer, Ibrahim (he uses only one name), and his family had barely tilled their land when they had to leave. Fighting had been close by for most of the past year, but now it was in their
It has been five years since the release of the Independent Review of the Intelligence Community (or IRIC). Why do we need another review now?
The IRIC endorsed the work the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) had undertaken in response to the recommendations made by Philip Flood in his
Earlier this month, six Fijians were questioned and later detained by the Fiji Police at Suva’s Central Police Station. Three were leaders of prominent political parties and the group included two former prime ministers, a party member, an NGO leader, and a trade unionist. They were detained after
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
Australia ( the red line) has outperformed all the main advanced economies (which fall within the blue segments) for increase in GDP and per-capital GDP, is lower than almost all on unemployment (Japan is lowest, New Zealand a bit lower than
Nine candidates are still in the running for UN secretary-general (SG) as the UN general debate kicks off this week, the so-called 'high-level week' that may be a make or break moment for many of their candidacies. This critical lobbying opportunity comes after several twists in the race over the
A series of papers in the Lancet shows how maternal deaths worldwide have dropped by half since 1990. However, the current incidence still exceeds the UN target. and there are also vast imbalances across the world: a woman in sub-Saharan Africa is more than 130 times more likely to die in
Following today's eleventh annual Sydney Indonesia Update, Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Stephen Grenville sat down with former Indonesian Finance Minister and Thee Kian Wie Distinguished Visiting Professor at ANU M Chatib Basri to discuss all things Indonesia and economics, including where
A year ago I wrote about the rather facile argument the government ran when announcing its expansion of air operations inside Syria, which suggested it could somehow bomb IS targets in eastern Syria without becoming involved in the broader Syrian conflict.
As I explained then, that claim didn't
This time last year the tiny body of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach. The small vessel on which he and his family and other Syrian asylum seekers were travelling on in an attempt to reach the Greek island of Kos had capsized. Aylan and his family were attempting to enter