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Category: Policy

Capacity development in economic policy agencies

The Australian Treasury has been heavily involved, and accumulated considerable experience, in the provision of ‘capacity development services’ since the early 2000s, deploying over 100 Treasury officials as capacity development advisers to economic policy...

Pooling and sharing that works: the Heavy Airlift Wing at five

Without much fanfare, the Heavy Airlift Wing of the independent multinational Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) Programme turned five years old in the autumn of 2014. There was a low-key ‘birthday celebration’ on 29 August...

The world’s digital future

When the members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) gathered in Seattle in 1999 to launch the new round of global trade negotiations, over 40,000 people representing civil society, trade unions and environmental interests...

Property: How Beijing has captured China’s middle-class

In The China Fantasy (2007), James Mann debunked the hopeful delusion of Western liberals: that a Chinese ‘middle class’ would emerge to countervail centralised state power. Mann instead argued that China’s development model had...

North Korea Releases Jeffrey Fowle

On October 21, the U.S. State Department confirmed North Korea’s release of Jeffrey Fowle, one of the three Americans who have been detained in the country. Mr. Fowle has been charged for “acting in...

Gough’s remaking of Defence policy

Gough Whitlam was a physical giant with an intellect to match. His flaws were pretty sizeable, too, and the pygmies who beset him were often from his own party. His self-mocking humour was immensely...

Reflections on Whitlam

In memory of Gough Whitlam (1916–2014) and his contribution to Australian foreign policy, we republish here a brief excerpt from Ross Terrill’s ASPI Strategy paper, Facing the dragon, on Whitlam’s 1971 visit to China:...

Jokowi’s maritime inaugural address

The inauguration speech of Indonesia’s 7th President, Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, was powerful despite its brevity, or perhaps because of it. It contained a striking blend of personal humility, national pride and an ethos of...

No to backburner, yes to a two-track strategy

Iran’s securing nuclear weapons would destabilise a region already suffering from mass upheaval, in addition to having dire security implications for the rest of the world. Multilateral efforts to deter the sadistic actions of...

Gough Whitlam’s China legacy

Gough Whitlam with Hu Jintao in September 2007. (REUTERS/Will Burgess.) Lowy Institute Non-Resident Fellow Murray McLean began his association with Asia in the early 1970s when he was a language student in Hong Kong,...

Welcoming #PresidenJokowi

The hashtag #presidenjokowi was a worldwide trending topic on social media yesterday as Indonesia welcomed its new president, Joko Widodo, who is better known as Jokowi. Driving this trend were the enthusiastic netizens of...

Can Coastal Artillery Backstop the Navy?

Yes, but there are hard ways and easy ways for an army to stand up new capabilities. The question of coastal artillery was all over the trade press last week, starting with a speech...

NGOs, climate aid, and China’s change of heart

In what is becoming an all too regular scene, the recent UN Climate Summit saw impassioned pleas by the leaders of developing countries calling for stronger climate action. The President of the Seychelles, one...

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