The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. Ranked as Australia’s top think tank, the Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on the trends shaping Australia and the world and fresh policy options on these questions.
The Institute also hosts debates and discussions within Australia and internationally. The Institute’s vision is an open Australia, engaged with the world. Our work is inspired by the knowledge that Australia’s future depends on our capacity to understand, and respond to, a rapidly changing world. We know that Australian views and ideas can make a real contribution to dealing with global challenges.
Our role is to generate and disseminate those ideas widely. Our ambition is to be the premier think tank in Asia and the Pacific on international affairs and issues that affect Australia and the region, in the interests of greater security and prosperity. Our unique position in the Asia Pacific region supports our ability to interpret and influence the debate on the world’s most dynamic region and Australia’s role in it.
The Institute’s research and analysis is accessible to anyone seeking to better understand foreign policy challenges facing Australia within the Asia-Pacific, and the global implications of developments in the region. The Lowy Institute team of leading experts conducts research through eight primary research divisions: Australia and the World, East Asia, West Asia, Melanesia, International Security, International Economy, Global Issues, and Polling.
WHAT WE DELIVER:
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.
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.
This Institute has established a reputation for independent, robust and thoughtful analysis of our nation’s place in the world.
…it’s quite astounding when you look at the respect and admiration that Lowy has garnered in such a short time period.
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.
From the day of its founding in 2003, the Lowy Institute has been voice of independence, innovation and integrity for international affairs on the Asia-Pacific and world scene. As one of the few globally-recognized think tanks in this dynamic and increasingly important region, it plays a critical role to illuminate and inspire smart foreign policy on tough issues in Australia, in Asia, and around the world.
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.
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
What you get from Lowy is unique. It is unique within Australia, there’s no question.
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.
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.
As the first private think tank in Australia exclusively dedicated to international policy, it is helping Australians to engage with international policy dialogue and building strong links to the world’s leading think tanks. And it is fostering thoughtful, mature debate in Australia as we consider Australia’s place in the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.