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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

Reading China’s White Paper

In an opinion piece in the Indian Express, Sam Roggeveen says China’s newly released Defence White Paper is nobody’s idea of light reading. But examined closely, it reveals some important truths about China and its place in the world

Australia, America's too-frugal ally

In this opinion article in the Wall Street Journal (Asia), International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf and Military Fellow James Brown argue that the 2013 Australian defence white paper needs a budget to back it up, otherwise Australia risks losing the capability edge it would need to help

Sweet and sour in defence take on China

In an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review, Rory Medcalf, Director of the International Security Program, writes that the 2013 Australian Defence White Paper takes a more balanced and defensive approach towards China than its diplomatic packaging would suggest

Indonesian ties much tighter

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Alan Dupont, Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Lowy Institute, comments on the remarkable recovery in Australia's strategic relationship with Indonesia in the last decade

Tweets and tanks

In this opinion piece in American Review magazine, Rory Medcalf explores the effect that social media has had on interstate tensions in Indo-Pacific Asia and beyond

Foreign service remains vastly underfunded

In an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Dr Michael Fullilove and Alex Oliver argue that as Australians look ahead to a federal election in September, they should be asking tough questions of both major parties about the funding of their foreign policies

Dilema Hukuman Mati (Death penalty dilemma)

Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Dave McRae, in an opinion piece for Indonesian daily Kompas, outlines three reasons why executions are not the solution to narcotics crime. He argues that Indonesia can seek effective measures against narcotics and abolish the death penalty. The full text appears

Asian century is marked by rising conflict

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Rory Medcalf argues that the Asian Century is increasingly being marked by inter-state tensions and strategic mistrust. This reality runs counter to the government’s perceptions of the Asian Century as outlined in its 2012 White Paper, and as a result, it

G20 needs sharp focus

Mike Callaghan, Director of the G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute, writes in an opinion piece in The Australian Financial Review on the challenges for Australia as it takes over as chair of the G20 in December 2013

Australia's security challenge

In this article on The Diplomat’s Flashpoints blog, Rory Medcalf looks at the Gillard government’s National Security Strategy in the context of recent cuts to defence spending, and the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper

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