Denis Fitzgerald is a freelance journalist covering the United Nations in New York. He blogs at UN Tribune.
For the first two weeks of Australia’s presidency, the UN Security Council has not met formally to discuss the situation in Syria (though there’s been plenty of informal discussion
Although still not a democracy, Myanmar has been the standout case of political change in Southeast Asia over the past two years. In this new video, the third in the 'Views Across the Pacific' series with the Washington, DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, I discuss with Ernie
Chris Rahman is a Senior Research Fellow in Maritime Strategy and Security at the University of Wollongong.
The hoary question of whether Asia is experiencing a naval arms race has been a persistent topic of strategic debate for the best part of two decades. This is perhaps understandable given the
Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Dave McRae, in an opinion piece for the Media Indonesia newspaper, explains that the newly-elected Coalition have maintained Indonesia as a priority, but that certain of their policies could cause tension. He argues that both the Australian and Indonesian
In this article in The Wall Street Journal Asia Edition, Rory Medcalf argues the need for Australia's new Coalition government to bring steadiness to matters of security and diplomacy, which will be particularly critical in a changing Indo-Pacific Asia
To say that Saturday's White House decision to delay a military strike on Syrian targets in order to seek Congressional approval was unexpected would be an understatement. But when you are the commander-in-chief of a very powerful military and the political leader of a democratic country that is
This news comes as a bit of a surprise: Indonesia's Defence Ministry has concluded a deal with the US for the purchase of eight AH-64 Apache helicopter gunships.
The Australian Government will probably look kindly on this*. For one thing, as the ABC points out, it suggests US-Indonesia military
Rod Barton was a senior UN weapons inspector in Iraq. He is the author of The Weapons Detective: The Inside Story of Australia's Top Weapons Inspector.
It is difficult from media reporting to sort fact from fiction about allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria. The chaos of war and the desire
Even with Syria's overnight decision to allow weapons inspectors access to the site of the recent chemical weapons attack, events in Syria appear to be sliding inexorably to some form of US military response.
The emphasis on the Mediterranean-based US Sixth Fleet appears to suggest that ship-
Cameron Stewart writes in The Australian today about the announcement by the US Chief of Naval Operations (from his Navigation Plan 2014-2018) that he aims to 'provide amphibious lift for US marines operating out of Australia by establishing a fifth amphibious readiness group in the Pacific by
Following claims of an Assad regime chemical weapons attack in Syria, calls are intensifying (particularly in France) for something to be done in response.
Certainly US social media is intimating that moves are afoot to take some form of limited military action. There is of course the small
Nick Warner, now the Director-General of ASIS, was the first Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (2003-2004). This post is drawn from a speech he made in Honiara on 25 July for the 10th anniversary of RAMSI.
Nick Warner (right) briefs media in Honiara in
Solahudin's book, The Roots of Terrorism in Indonesia (trans. Dave McRae) has just been published by UNSW Press in association with the Lowy Institute.
In the eyes of Indonesian terrorists, it appears that targeting the 'far enemy', such as America and its allies such as Australia, is increasingly
The Wind Rises has been a box office sensation in Japan, and this new trailer with English subtitles has just appeared.
The politics of this movie are fascinating. The Wind Rises is, in the words of the Wall Street Journal, 'a fictional take on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed
According to Paul Kennedy, China and the other great powers already form a kind of concert of powers.
When the label reads 'Made in China', what does that actually mean?
Richard Armitage says Australia has 'chosen to trim her sails simply because China was grumpy after the publication of the
Bob Bowker is a former Australian ambassador to Jordan and Egypt. He is now an Adjunct Professor at the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies.
In the aftermath of the bloodbath of 14 August, the question of whether US military assistance (around US$1.3 billion per annum) should continue to be
Douglas Fry is a Fairfax Media writer.
'Were it not for drones, the United States would probably have had to have invade Pakistan.' So declared Dr John Nagl at a public lecture hosted by the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre in Canberra on Tuesday, 13 August.
It's a bold – and alarming
Two weeks ago we shared with you the first video from the Lowy Institute—Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Views Across the Pacific video partnership. The series features real-time conversations between fellows from both organisations on topical foreign policy issues,
For the latest, just follow the #Egypt hashtag on Twitter.
'Reconciliation now seems hopeless; Egypt is shattered'. The US is complicit, says Ali Gharib, so it's time to cut Egypt loose. Marc Lynch agrees.
Tarek Radwan: 'Unfortunately, too many parties in the standoff had too much to gain in
Former US Army colonel and now visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Gian Gentile tells it like it is in the LA Times:
Many years ago the British historian and strategist B.H. Liddell Hart pointed out that the object of war should be to produce a "better state of peace." If
Competing claims for leadership of the Pacific Islands region are reinforcing doubts about the efficacy of regional architecture in the lead-up to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' summit in Majuro in the Marshall Islands in the first week of September.
The Fiji Government hosted the Pacific
RBC Global Asset Management says China headed for a severe slowdown, despite strong trade figures.
Nothing new here, but it's a brilliant summary: an Economist video which looks at whether China can curb its carbon emissions.
Also on pollution: business magazine Caixin looks at China's urban
Danielle Rajendram is a Lowy Institute research associate. Her work focuses on Indian foreign and domestic policy, India-China relations and Asian security.
On Tuesday, five Indian soldiers were killed along the border in Kashmir by a group of Pakistani militants. Why nationalistic clamour
A quick update on the regional boom in 'flat-tops'; that is true aircraft carriers for fast-jet operations and also amphibious ships with large flight decks designed to carry helicopters and maybe drones and jump jets.
There's been something of a boom in this type of vessel in the region, though I
It was great to see Australia's relations with Pacific Islands feature in last night's foreign policy debate and particularly pleasing to see this issue raised outside of the inevitable focus on the PNG asylum seeker deal. Overall, I thought Ms Bishop demonstrated greater commitment to enhancing
The Attack is a Lebanese (and French, Qatari and Belgian) production about an Israeli surgeon of Palestinian descent who discovers that his wife was a suicide bomber. Powerful stuff:
The film recently premiered in Jerusalem but apparently there is little interest from Arab-world distributors
Much of the external commentary on the Cambodian election results has had a distinct character of schadenfreude, with the Economist's take a typical example.
I have no doubt that Hun Sen and his Cambodian People's Party colleagues were surprised by the results, as I readily admit I was. I
Actually, that headline's a little unfair. It's Mentos that's responsible for this weird four-minute ad to mark Singapore's National Day (9 August). Last year Mentos produced a racy (by Singapore standards) ad encouraging couples to procreate on National Day. Evidently it worked so well that this
Dina Esfandiary is an Iran specialist and a Research Associate in the Non-proliferation and Disarmament programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, was sworn in last Sunday. To slogans of 'Ahmadi Bye-Bye', President Ahmadinejad stepped down
Dr Daniel Woker is the former Swiss Ambassador to Australia and now a Senior Lecturer at the University of St Gallen.
It took the presidential elections of 28 July in Mali (now entering a run-off phase) to bring the western frontier of the Islamic world to the attention of the world's media
Photos emerge of components that could be for China's first home-built aircraft carrier. Naval experts I'm talking to say there's too little to go on from these pictures alone.
China sending 140 riot police to Liberia, all of them women. (Thanks Dirk.)
A hacking group accused of being operated
Over the weekend the US closed many of its embassies in the Middle East and North Africa as a result of what was described as a serious al Qaeda threat.
Given the number of times US embassies have come under attack in the last decade or so, and certainly in the post-Benghazi era, it would seem hard
Danielle Rajendram is a Lowy Institute research associate.
India has a new state, Telangana. Louise Tillen asks what this means for India (thanks Amy), and R Uma Maheshwari argues Telangana will have meaning only if it creates a new language of inclusive politics.
Why it's time for India to
Benedict Coleridge recently worked as a policy researcher for Jesuit Refugee Service Europe. He will soon begin graduate study at the University of Oxford.
I recently returned from Brussels, where I researched and wrote a report on the Balkans as a transit route for forced migrants attempting to
Iain Henry is a Fulbright Scholar and PhD Candidate at ANU's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. He tweets at @IainDHenry.
Recent events have thrust the Australia-Indonesia relationship back into the spotlight. Managing this relationship will be one of the next Government's highest
The Lowy Institute and leading US think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) present a new video discussion series called 'Views Across the Pacific'. These real-time conversations will feature Fellows from both organisations discussing topical foreign policy issues,
Marty Harris is an Assistant Digital Editor at the Lowy Institute. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Middle East and Central Asian Studies from ANU.
Secretary of State Kerry today formally appointed Ambassador Martin Indyk as US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations. Ambassador Indyk
There must be days when the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary of Defence pine for the creation of an Australian Coast Guard, just so they can prise the Australian Defence Force away from the toxic debate on Australia's asylum seeker policy. Labor's PNG solution will rely on the ADF to
Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party remains firmly in power following Sunday's elections, but with a substantially reduced majority.
With an officially announced 68 seats won to the opposition's 55, the Government has a comfortable working majority. Nevertheless, the contrast with the previous
Ever since the 2008 financial crisis left many advanced economies in disarray, global growth has been sustained only through the continued spectacular performance of the emerging countries, especially China.
But a wave of gloom has now spread concerning their prospects and the knock-on
Asahi Shimbun has published part 1 of a new series on the inner workings of China's communist party.
How to survive dinner with a China expert. (Thanks Dirk.)
Most Chinese activists don't want radical political upheaval. At least, not yet.
Last year, China's clean energy investment was double
Compared with the Rudd Government's 2009 Defence White Paper, which was criticised for what many viewed as its alarmist treatment of China's rise, the most recent White Paper, released in April this year, has become known for its considerably more relaxed take on the issue.
Andrew Selth is a Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute. Part 1 of this post here.
The initiatives for closer ties between the West and Burma's police and armed forces summarised in the previous post have aroused the ire of the activist community, which has been quick to remind everyone
In the current climate of electoral desperation in Australia, it is difficult to get a true picture of the reality of Australia's aid program in PNG because it's so misunderstood even when the spotlight isn't shining on it. Very few people actually understand that there is a genuine effort on the
Part 1 of this post here.
The debate Joe Studwell has advanced in How Asia Works (see Sam Roggeveen's three-part interview here) is, in fact, not that novel.
Studwell is not alone in advocating industrial policy: Justin Lin, former World Bank chief economist, makes the same argument in his
Andrew Selth is a Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute.
One of the most striking aspects of Burma's re-emergence as an international actor has been the readiness of Western democracies to renew or strengthen ties with the country's armed forces and police. Before the advent of President
OK, so China has yet to produce a Steve Jobs, but if there's hope for China moving up the manufacturing value chain, it might lie in its Pizza Hut outlets.
My colleague Dirk alerts me to the Chinese phenomenon of strategically loading the bowl to make the fullest possible use of Pizza Hut's