Tuesday 22 Aug 2017 | 17:25 | SYDNEY
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Incoming Government Brief

Australia's relations with India

From: Rory Medcalf, International Security Program Director, Lowy Institute for International Policy To: Hon. Stephen Smith, Minister for Foreign Affairs Your Government needs to seize the moment with Asia’s other waking giant, India.  I was struck by your attention to India as a priority for

A fresh look at the Pacific

From: Fergus Hanson, Research Associate, Lowy Institute  To: Hon. Stephen Smith, Minister for Foreign Affairs Before you have too much time to settle into the new job, you can be almost certain a crisis will erupt in the neighbourhood. Will Fiji’s Commodore start backtracking on

A 'Brisbane Commission' on Asia's strategic order

FROM: Hugh White, Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute and Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University TO: Hon. Kevin Rudd,  Prime Minister At your campaign launch you listed the rise of China and India among the biggest challenges Australia faces over

The Defence White Paper

FROM:  Hugh White, Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute and Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University TO: Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon, Minister for Defence Once the introductory briefings are out of the way, your first priority in Defence will be to commission a

East Asian regionalism

FROM: Malcolm Cook, Asia and the Pacific Program Director, Lowy Institute TO: Hon. Stephen Smith, Minister for Foreign Affairs Congratulations on becoming Australia’s new Foreign Minister, especially during such an exciting and challenging period when the contours and power