There are so many strongly-held views, so many vested interests and lobbyists, so much political spin and such complexity in the energy/climate debate that it is not easy to find reliable forecasts and commentary. One of the more useful sources is the International Energy Agency – an autonomous
It has been a strange coup. First the army leadership held a press conference two days in advance to warn it might occur. Then when the troops did move, the main targets President Robert Mugabe and his hated and ambitious wife Grace were neither killed, nor held incommunicado, nor put on a
This working paper examines the implications of digitalisation for skilled migration in high-income countries such as Australia and outlines key areas for policymakers in relation to the future of work and migration policy
The Guardian's Ben Doherty has published a special report from inside the former processing centre on Manus Island. The Council on Foreign Relations has published an interview with Human Rights Watch's Skye Wheeler focusing on sexual violence perpetrated against Rohingya women. The
The strong expectation of the leaders of many countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, was that an agreement would be concluded in the margins of the APEC Summit at the weekend in Vietnam. This was to be a significant achievement given the
PNG's Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority has said it may use force if refugees and asylum seekers in the Manus Island processing centre fail to comply with relocation orders within two days. UNHCR has published a report examining experiences of discrimination, exclusion and
Before his fall from grace, former Democratic vice-presidential candidate John Edwards used to talk about 'the two Americas' to describe the gap between the poor and the wealthy. But the phrase earned an afterlife, not least to describe the philosophical chasm between the coastal areas that
As the situation on Manus Island deteriorates, the UNHCR Regional Representative in Canberra has reiterated its call for the Australian government to work with PNG leadership to end the humanitarian situation, take responsibility and find durable solutions for those detained.
President of Refugees International Eric P Schwartz discusses his recent visit to Bangladesh in a Council for Foreign Relations event focusing on the Rohingya crisis.
Stefanie Glinski reports on a growing sex industry in the Bangladesh's Rohingya refugee camps.
The role of the multilateral development banks (MDBs) and other international financial institutions (IFIs) is back in the policy spotlight.
The latest attention comes via the G20 Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Global Financial Governance, formed by G20 Finance Ministers at their meeting
The UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra has called on Australia's government and parliamentarians to take responsibility for the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Drawing on UNHCR visits to PNG in May and September this year, the statement flags the lack of services and
Following reports that over 11,000 Rohingya crossed the border into Bangladesh on Monday alone, reporters on the ground are sharing stories of extreme violence, mental health challenges, malnutrition and more. Authorities on the Manus Island detention centre have posted a notice inviting
Reflecting on the failures of offshore processing, UNHCR’s Regional Representative, Thomas Albrecht, urges the Australian government to step up, share responsibility and do its bit to create durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers. The ‘likelihood of successful assimilation and
The September meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York marked the halfway mark for the ambitious Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), intended to recommit the global community to refugee protection and assistance in the light of the large movements of refugees in recent years.
By the end of the
In his recent Interpreter post, Richard Moore provides a handy summary of the work of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) over the past 50 years. He also poses questions about the future of the Bank. Moore is a former ADB Board member, so he is thoroughly familiar with debates about the Bank's role in
One year on, Chatham House's Jeff Crisp analyses the progression of the UN's Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, set out in the New York Declaration. The International Organization for Migration has published a report on the movement of Rohingya across the Myanmar-
Thirteen post-war US presidents have addressed the UN General Assembly, from Truman to Obama, from Kennedy to Reagan, but Tuesday's address from Donald Trump will surely enter the history books as the most hard-hitting speech delivered by an occupant of the White House in front of this global body
Barry Sterland’s new Lowy Analysis explores the possibility of a future economic crisis in our region – this is not today’s problem, but something we should be prepared for. The paper benefits from his years of experience in the Australian Treasury and the International Monetary Fund. It sets
If Australia’s economic future lies in Asia, then managing the risk of financial crises in the region should be a top concern. Especially as any crisis could also have significant geopolitical consequences.
In an analysis for the Lowy Institute, Barry Sterland looks at what Australia can do
In May, the Asian Development Bank celebrated its 50th anniversary with a big bash in Yokohama. Senior ADB figures repeatedly pointed to the record crowd of more than 6000 attendees as evidence of the meeting's success and the ADB's enduring relevance. Not all of the 6000 were convinced.
With nearly 400,000 Rohingya crossing the border into Bangladesh, Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, has called on Myanmar’s authorities to cease acts of violence, uphold the rule of law and allow aid into the country. Domestically, the Rohingya community has urged the Australian
Shutting down the Manus Island detention centre by 31 October, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said, will represent 'the closure of a sad chapter'. Much remains unclear about this planned closure, but the eventual failure of offshore detention
Over 125,000 Rohingya refugees are estimated to be fleeing conflict and persecution in Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh. Meanwhile, reports indicate that the Indian government is preparing to deport the country’s undocumented Rohingya population. The European Court of Justice has dismissed
Globalisation has received a bad rap lately, being blamed for lost jobs, depressed wages, rising income inequality, Brexit, and the election of Donald Trump. As the European Central Bank's President Mario Draghi observed at this year’s gathering of central bankers at Jackson Hole, the social
The Kaldor Centre’s Dr Claire Higgins offers a critique of the Australian government’s decision to transfer a number of asylum seekers residing in the country to the ‘final departure Bridging E Visa’. The Saturday Paper’s Sean Kelly discusses the motivations behind keeping asylum
The UN Security Council has unequivocally failed the Syrian people: over 400,000 of whom have been killed, over 5 million of whom are refugees, and around 6.3 million of whom are internally displaced.
The recent resignation Carla del Ponte from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria is
Australia has a vested interest and particular experience and expertise to contribute to the Global Compact on Refugees in order to institute a more effective and equitable response to asylum seekers and refugees (Photo: Getty Images/SOPA Images
It has recently been revealed that a Greater London Authority charity map identifying the nationalities of people sleeping rough was used by the UK Home Office to carry out its deportation mandate. Writing for The Saturday Paper, Chris Woods considers the impact of climate change in the Pacific
Earlier today the Australian High Court rejected a claim that the Australian government can only exercise offshore powers consistently with the law of a foreign state. This means that Australia’s regional processing centre on Manus Island is legal despite the PNG Supreme Court ruling to the
The UNHCR has expressed growing concern about Australian immigration policy following the leaked Trump-Turnbull transcript and the death of asylum seeker Hamed Shamshiripour on Manus Island. The New York Times’ Roger Cohen has criticised Australia's 'desperate refugee obstinacy
There is a counter-narrative emerging in Europe’s approach to irregular migration, even as EU governments seek new ways to discourage desperate journeys across the Central Mediterranean route to Italy. Via the skies over Rome and Paris, other journeys are getting safer, as church groups fly asylum
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released a policy consultation paper on simplifying Australian visa arrangements. Almost 500 submissions were made to the Senate inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment Bill, drafted to strengthen the Australian
Greg Colton’s article on Talisman Sabre 2017 highlights Australia’s new amphibious assault capacity through the Landing Helicopter Class (LHD) ships HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Canberra. Colton states that 'for the first time in three decades, Australia now has the military capability to back up its
In a statement released this week UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi claims Australia reneged on a commitment to allow refugees with close family ties in Australia to be resettled here. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton disputed the claim. In the Washington Post, Isaac Stanley-Becker examines the human
In many ways, the city-state of Hamburg embodies the self-image that contemporary Germany likes to project. With sparkling new galleries and trendy cafés interspersed among rough-and-tumble beatnik quarters and burly workers' bars, it exudes an elegant but unpretentious charm. The gleaming new
Listen to the Kaldor Centre’s podcast on safezones featuring Professor Geoff Gilbert. EU leaders have pledged further support following threats from Italy to close its ports to NGO ships carrying rescued asylum seekers. Writing for the Guardian, Inna Lazareva outlines the
You have to hand it to Kim Jung Un. In politics, as in comedy, timing is everything. The launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile two days before the G20 summit ensures that North Korea jumps to the top of the Summit's agenda. With one push of the button - probably practically as well as
With assistance from Zixin Wang, an intern with the Lowy Institute's East Asia Program.
Following World Refugee Day on 20 June, Chinese netizens have been heatedly debating whether China should accept refugees.
'Debating' may be too strong a word – social media users are for the most part
Read Gareth Hutchens’ analysis of the Census 2016 results. The Australian’s David Uren argues migration policy alleviates ageing pressures. Leith van Onselen disagrees. Development Policy Institute’s Matthew Dornan reflects on findings from a recent Horticultural Innovation
Results from the 2017 Lowy Institute Poll reveal how Australians feel about refugees being settled in Australia. Almost half (48%) of the 1200 Australians surveyed believe that refugees currently in Nauru and Manus Island detention centres should never be settled in Australia (versus 45% who agree
The Australian Government this week introduced a new Bill into parliament to amend the Citizenship Act 2007. The move comes just two weeks after submissions to its discussion paper had closed – those submissions have not been made public.
In short, the proposed changes will require prospective
As the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union imploded, many attributed the change entirely to American power. The hubristic ‘unipolar moment’ claim was not only wrong as history, it proved disastrous as policy guidance, ultimately running aground in the sands of Iraq.
Today, that same
Much has been said about the global environmental, economic and leadership consequences of US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement but there is also a national security dimension. Trump’s decision ignores an important development in global security centred
It's been only a few days since US President Donald Trump announced the US will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. And it is already clear the greatest damage has been done not to global climate action, but to America’s influence and standing in the world - and its own economic trajectory
As the Trump administration in the United States announces its decision about the US participation in the Paris Agreement on climate change, findings from the 2017 Lowy Institute Poll show that the majority of Australians see global warming as a serious problem and a critical threat to
Whether or not US President Donald Trump withdraws the United States from the Paris Agreement is less important than how other countries respond to his decision. By dismantling Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Trump has made it clear that his government would put little to no effort into reducing the
The Kaldor Centre's Khanh Hoang unpacks Australia’s private sponsorship program for refugee and humanitarian entrants. On 6 June, The Ethics Centre is holding a debate in Sydney on the Refugee Convention. Grab your tickets here. Panellists include Jane McAdam, Erika Feller and Greg Sheridan.&
Next week the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of WHO, will appoint the new WHO Director-General. This poses a few interesting questions including: what will the incoming DG need to focus on; how were the candidates chosen; how might the voting system influence the decision; and,