Free Trade

India’s trade policy needs to prioritise the region
India’s trade policy needs to prioritise the region
Over the last few months, India has signed two trade agreements – a comprehensive economic parternship agreement with the United Arab Emirates and an “early harvest” scheme with…
Australia sweeps the table in the UK trade deal
Australia sweeps the table in the UK trade deal
Australian trade negotiators often enter talks with difficult demands and a comparatively weak hand. Agriculture, where they seek concessions from the other side, is politically…
Commentary
Business, government must engage on international trade policy
Originally published in The Australian.
The World Trade Organization: An Optimistic Pre-mortem in Hopes of Resurrection
Analyses
The World Trade Organization: An Optimistic Pre-mortem in Hopes of Resurrection
At a time when stability and predictability are needed most, the body at the heart of the rules-based trading system — the World Trade Organization — is reeling from far more than…
The economics of national security in Hong Kong
The economics of national security in Hong Kong
In the late hours of Tuesday evening last week, China’s new national security law for Hong Kong came into force. Seen by many as a response to the pro-democracy protests that…
Policy Briefs
Emerging from COVID: Policy Responses to the Pandemic
Lowy Institute experts provide policy recommendations for Australia to address issues that are critical to our nation's — and the world's — successful emergence from the pandemic.
Trading our way out of the Covid-19 lockdown
Trading our way out of the Covid-19 lockdown
To emerge in the best way possible from the Covid-19 pandemic requires us to understand the nature of the economic crisis. Our slowdown has arisen from deliberately-introduced…
How China is changing the global balance of economic power
Interactives
How China is changing the global balance of economic power
China has displaced the United States from its traditional dominance as a major trading partner for most countries of the world.
Economic diplomacy: Free trade disputes, WTO appeals, DFAT on China
Economic diplomacy: Free trade disputes, WTO appeals, DFAT on China
Empty bench It has been one of the most forecast developments in geo-economics, but the World Trade Organisation is about to finally suffer the crippling blow of its appeals…
Multilateral trade versus self-interest
Multilateral trade versus self-interest
How should countries respond to President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminium? One response would be to retaliate. Another would be to emphasise the damage done to the…