About the Lowy Institute

The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. Ranked as Australia's leading think tank, it provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on the international trends shaping Australia and the world.

The Lowy Institute hosts speeches by leading national and international figures and holds conferences to discuss key global issues. It aims to deepen the international policy debate in Australia and to give Australia a greater voice on the international stage.


RESEARCH PROGRAMS: Distinctive research programs and publications with independent perspectives on Australian foreign policy options and ‘on the ground’ expertise for nations interacting with the Asia Pacific region.

EVENTS AND FORUMS: The Institute hosts national and international experts, leaders and policy advisers in politics, business, the media, other research institutions and the public to discuss ideas in an informal and stimulating environment.

LOWY ONLINE: Ranked in the top 30 think tanks worldwide for the best use of the internet or social media, the Institute is also home to the influential magazine ‘The Interpreter’.

COLLABORATIONS: The Institute has close relationships with leading international think tanks and foundations to support our research and policy ideas. Our expanding networks in Australia and internationally help support the delivery of an Asia-Pacific perspective on global issues.

PARTNERSHIPS: As an independent think tank the Lowy Institute relies on a diverse funding base. The Institute’s work is supported by sponsorships and grants from leading Australian and international companies; foundations and Australian and international government agencies; subscriptions and ticket sales for events, and philanthropic donations from private individuals.

The Institute was founded in April 2003 by Mr Frank Lowy AC, one of Australia’s leading businessmen. He continues to provide financial support to the Institute.

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"Let me at the outset commend the Lowy Institute for the contribution it makes to our understanding of Australia’s place in the world.  Lowy’s analysis, its outreach and its expertise places it in the front rank of Australian think tanks and its reputation has rightly spread well beyond Australia."

Peter Varghese AO, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, August 2015

"Research from the Lowy Institute plays a vital role in guiding and promoting Australia’s foreign policy priorities. The Institute is an independent and respected voice on many of the international challenges and opportunities that Australia faces in a dynamic and rapidly changing 21st century."

The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Foreign Affairs, February 2015

This Institute has established a reputation for independent, robust and thoughtful analysis of our nation’s place in the world.

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, 6 July 2010

…it’s quite astounding when you look at the respect and admiration that Lowy has garnered in such a short time period.


Vice Admiral Scott Swift, Commander, US 7th Fleet

The Lowy Institute has performed a vital service to Australian security and international participation by presenting rigorous evidence of this [the starvation of funding for diplomacy] and a strong case for greatly improving Australia’s international representation.

Professor John Langmore, former Director of the UN Division for Social Policy and Development in New York, 31 January 2012

I've got fond memories, discussing with Frank Lowy his conception of a think tank, of the Lowy Institute. And I never dreamt in those conversations – I couldn't have dreamt when we had those conversations about governance and aspirations that it would have developed – would ever have developed into being so formidable an institution.

Senator The Hon Bob Carr Minister for Foreign Affairs 27 July 2012

I value the writings of the Lowy Institute ……….the splendid paper by Rory Medcalf and Raoul Heinrichs which I actually took with me to Washington and recommended to people in the State Department.   Its bottom-line recommendation for confidence building measures – military cooperation – in the seas of East Asia, I thought a very serious and timely contribution to our debate

Senator The Hon Bob Carr Minister for Foreign Affairs 27 July 2012

What you get from Lowy is unique.  It is unique within Australia, there’s no question. 

Angus Armour, Managing Director, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC). July 2012

The Lowy Interpreter blog edited by the indefatigable Sam Roggeveen is the best of its kind across any academic discipline in Australia. Sam does an awesome job assembling a constellation of foreign affairs, defence and other related talent including his own, to participate in this real-time clearing house for policy innovation. 

Christopher Joye Aussie Macro Moments August 23, 2012

This is a very important institution.  We know the Lowy Institute is a world-class institution.  To have this G20 Studies Centre located here is going to be very important for our nation.

The Hon Wayne Swann, former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, 28 August 2012