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Kevin Rudd's aspirations not meeting reality

Nicholas Stuart is a Canberra Times columnist and author of Kevin Rudd: An Unauthorised Political Biography, What Goes Up: Behind the 2007 Election and Rudd's Way: November 2007-June 2010. Every now and then there's a moment when everything suddenly seems to spring into focus. Literary types

Alan Dupont on Rudd's foreign policy speech

Lowy Institute Senior Nonresident Fellow Alan Dupont attended Prime Minister Rudd's speech today, and in this short interview Alan echoes some of James Brown's concerns about the cost of Rudd's proposal to move the navy's main east coast base from Sydney to Brisbane. Dupont has also detected what he

Rudd foreign policy speech: First impressions

Prime Minister Rudd has just left the Lowy Institute after making the first major foreign and national security policy speech of this campaign by either party. We'll post a transcript as soon as we get it (UPDATE: audio now available), but meantime, you might have heard already of one major

UN slams Australia's treatment of refugees

Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law at the University of NSW and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. In a damning indictment of Australia's treatment of refugees, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) has found 143 violations of international law by Australia. According to the

Trade priorities in the 2013 election

Shadow Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's outline of the Coalition's international policies emphasised the importance of trade in general and free trade agreements (FTAs) in particular. She singled out for special mention those countries which have gained advantage by signing bilateral treaties ahead

Reader riposte: WikiLeaks Party responds

Alison Broinowski, a Senate candidate for the WikiLeaks Party, responds to Raoul Heinrichs' profile piece of last week: Raoul Heinrichs and I had a comradely discussion before he posted this piece. I am surprised by what he has written, though I should have realised that nothing I said would

US reveals new Darwin Marines move

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

How the world looks from Eden-Monaro

Douglas Fry is a Fairfax Media writer. Eden-Monaro is the federal bellwether seat with an impeccable 40-year streak of electing the party that wins the election. It's a geographically diverse electorate, stretching from the southern NSW coastline through the capital country highlands to the Snowy

The foreign policy debate, storified

Stephanie Do Carmo is a multimedia intern at the Lowy Institute. On Wednesday 7 August the Lowy Institute hosted a foreign policy debate between Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Bob Carr and the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop. Below is a recap of the debate as it unfolded

Coalition shuffles foreign-policy deck

The campaign has provided very little news fodder for defence and foreign policy wonks (and no, last week's announcement from Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowden about improved health care for Defence families, while worthy, does not really count). This morning's news is a

The election, from overseas (part 2)

Marty Harris is an Assistant Digital Editor at the Lowy Institute. Part 1 in this series here. The New Zealand Herald's Canberra correspondent claims that the environment could be the sleeper issue in this election. How will uranium impact on post-election Australia-India relations? Geoff Hiscock

Solomons' gun amnesty: A stunning achievement

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

Tony Abbott and the US alliance

Hugh White's typically perceptive column on Tony Abbott argues that the old Howard slogan about Australia not having to choose between the US and China never really reflected Howard's diplomacy and has in any case been made redundant by the economic growth and growing assertiveness of China. Abbott

Julie Bishop: The WA connection

Andrew Pickford is a Perth-based security and energy analyst. Here's part 1 of his Julie Bishop profile. Western Australia's economic boom, arising from the sudden and massive expansion of China's economy and the export of iron-ore and natural gas to the Middle Kingdom, has seen WA adopt a

Free-riding may be selfish, but it works

Former US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage yesterday issued one of his periodic calls for Australia to stop free-riding off the US alliance and start spending more on defence: ...one of the many things America’s rebalancing in the Indo-Pacific is not an opportunity for countries

NZ wants a boring post-election Australia

Robert Ayson is a Visiting Fellow with the ANU's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, on research leave from the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. One of the delights of a sabbatical in Canberra as spring struggles to replace winter is the chance to watch a

Julie Bishop's lawyerly approach

Andrew Pickford is a Perth-based security and energy analyst. The former Mediterranean Restaurant in the leafy Perth suburb of Subiaco, a corporate deal-making hub during the 1980s, is now home to the electoral office of Julie Bishop and thus could soon become the Perth base of Australia's foreign

Australia as exemplar

OK, so the Australian election is not exactly capturing the world's imagination, but as Richard Green argued last week, 'Australia has done the most good in the world, and can continue to do so, simply by managing itself well, providing an example to learn from.' Fareed Zakaria's latest column

In 100 words: The most important issue of this campaign

Short posts from Lowy Institute experts on what they regard as the most important international policy issue of this campaign. See the Election Interpreter 2013 archive for the whole series. When it does emerge as a campaign issue, both parties compete to show who has more ownership of

The election, from overseas

Below, a collection of links to international coverage of the Australian elections. As you will see, most media outlets rely on news agencies like Reuters, AP and AFP to provide coverage, and the emphasis tends to be on scandals, gaffes and 'colour'. BBC Sydney correspondent Jon Donnison is

Ashes aint what they used to be

I have mixed feelings about Rodger Shanahan's piece on the Ashes and the way Australia views its Old Enemy, England. Maybe we do hate the England cricket team, but we seem to be disguising it pretty well. I haven't noticed any mass burnings of souvenir team shirts or mobs storming Cricket

Pacific leadership: PNG gets its chance

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

The Anglosphere and the Ashes

Much has been made of the defence and security aspects of the Anglosphere and the other commonalities that bind us together. But within the Anglosphere there is one aspect of the relationship that is both so endearingly anachronistic and so politically incorrect that it is interesting it has stood

First leaders' debate

The world outside Australia did not intrude much on last evening's Leaders' Debate at the National Press Club. And for Richard Green, who posted his version of our 'In 100 Words' feature (what's the most important international policy issue of the campaign, in 100 words?) on Club Troppo last Friday

Medcalf-Hutcheon on Carr-Bishop

The ABC's Jane Hutcheon, a former foreign correspondent and now host of ABC News 24's One Plus One, asked some probing questions of Foreign Minister Bob Carr and his shadow Julie Bishop during Wednesday night's foreign policy debate. Here she is with the Lowy Institute's Rory Medcalf, who was also a

In 100 words: The most important issue of this campaign

Hugh Jorgensen is a Research Associate in the Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre. See every short post from our experts on the most important international policy issue of this campaign.  Australia's G20 presidency commences 1 December, meaning the election winner has a unique opportunity to

The Pacific in the foreign policy debate

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

Carr and Bishop dodge the difficult questions on Indonesia

It was nice to see one of seven questions at last night's foreign policy debate focus on Indonesia, as a chance to draw out each party's plan to develop the relationship. Overall though, I thought each side's answers dodged some of the more difficult questions facing Australia-Indonesia ties.

If the G20 is so great, why isn't Rudd going?

Hugh Jorgensen is a Research Associate in the Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre. It took me three years of work to get us into the G20. We are hosting it next year. To have this jammed up against a federal election date is a problem and if I can overcome that problem I will. — Kevin

In 100 words: The most important issue of this campaign

See every short post from our experts on what they regard as the most important international policy issue of this campaign. Danielle Rajendram is a Lowy Institute research associate. Since a low point during the 2009-10 student crisis, Australia's relations with India have steadily improved.

In 100 words: The most important issue of this campaign

Short posts from Lowy Institute experts on what they regard as the most important international policy issue of this campaign. See the Election Interpreter 2013 archive for the whole series. How we plan to steer the Australian economy and the expectations that help shape it between the Scylla of

In 100 words: The most important issue of this campaign

Short posts from our experts on what they regard as the most important international policy issue of this campaign. Jack Georgieff is a research associate with the Lowy Institute's International Security program. Clearly the most important issue in the current campaign is how to simultaneously

In 100 words: The most important issue of this campaign

Short posts from Lowy Institute experts on what they regard as the most important international policy issue of this campaign. See the Election Interpreter 2013 archive for the whole series. Australia needs to get ready for the risks as well as the opportunities of an Asian Century: that should

In 100 words: The most important issue of this campaign

We kick off our election coverage with short posts from Lowy Institute experts on what they regard as the most important international policy issue of this campaign. Asylum seekers and people smuggling ought not to be the main international policy issues of the campaign, but each party has placed

In 100 words: The most important issue of this campaign

We kick off our election coverage with short posts from Lowy Institute experts on what they regard as the most important international policy issue of this campaign. The most important but least discussed issue of the campaign will be population policy. After the Asian Century White Paper

The EU's dysfunctional asylum system

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

TPP: The fight over investment rights

Amy Schwebel is a research officer for the Australian Council of Trade Unions. After three-and-a-half years of negotiation, the investment chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a regional trade agreement being negotiated by countries across Asia and the Pacific, remains hotly

Indonesia relations: Three lessons from Timor

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

G20 Brisbane: Can Australia do the 'vision thing'?

Mike Callaghan is Director of the Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre. Tax and trade will be two high profile issues on the G20 agenda when Australia chairs the forum in 2014. These two topics have a common driver: can policy keep up with a rapidly changing global production landscape? On trade,

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