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  • 28 Apr 2017 14:13

    Why Ivanka Trump was the least newsworthy aspect of the Women20 Summit

    The combined power of beauty, politics and celebrity is extraordinary, if utterly depressing to witness firsthand. Will that exposure translate to more support for the W20 agenda?

  • 28 Apr 2017 14:01

    100 days of Trump

    To mark 100 days of the Trump presidency, we've updated our timeline of all Lowy Institute research papers, opinion pieces, media interviews and Interpreter posts.

  • 28 Apr 2017 13:19

    What’s next for Nauru?

    The economic uncertainty that faces Nauru when offshore detention inevitably ceases again is another chapter in an unfolding experiment of statehood.

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The Lowy Institute is an Australian think tank with a global outlook. Our research interests are as broad as Australia’s interests, and we host distinguished speakers from around the globe on foreign policy, defence, politics, aid and development, journalism, sport, science and the arts.

As an Australian think tank, Asia touches everything the Lowy Institute does. Our research and events calendar have a special Asia focus, and our experts produce commentary for the world’s leading news outlets on events in the region.

The Lowy Institute is at the centre of Australia’s foreign policy and national security debates. Every prime minister and foreign minister since 2003, when the Institute was founded, has spoken at the Lowy Institute. Our annual poll of Australian public opinion is cited around the world, our experts are sought out by the Australian media for commentary on breaking events, and our research - including our flagship Lowy Institute Papers, published by Penguin - helps set the national agenda.

The Lowy Institute aims to be a world-leading online think tank. Our digital magazine, The Interpreter, was the first of its kind among foreign-policy think tanks, and we publish ground-breaking interactive research such as the Global Diplomacy Index and the Chinese Aid in the Pacific map.

Among the many events we host, the annual Lowy Lecture is the Lowy Institute's signature event, at which a prominent individual reflects on Australia’s role in the world and the world’s influence on Australia. Past Lowy Lecturers have included Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; H.E. Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; General David Petraeus AO, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Rupert Murdoch AC, Executive Chairman of News Corp; Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times; and Prime Minister John Howard OM AC, who delivered the inaugural Lowy Lecture in 2005.

Other Lowy Institute speakers of global stature include US Vice-President Joe Biden, Burmese Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, then-London Mayor Boris Johnson, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and former US National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.