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What did we learn from the war in Afghanistan?

Australia, unlike other countries, has not publicly reviewed its military mission. It's time to ask critical questions about how we fought the war. The learning really starts when the war is over. As Australia's 12-year-long Afghan campaign draws to a close there are still big questions to be answered.

New Delhi enters the Indo-Pacific

In an essay that arose out of a blogpost, Rory Medcalf, the Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, argues that the region can't be confined to the land-and-ocean-oriented 'Asia-Pacific.'

Hope for Geneva peace talks over Syria

With the Syrian conflict in its second year, there is finally hope of some real progress from a peace conference in Geneva next month. Jim Middleton, ABC Newsline, speaks with Anthony Bubalo, Research Director at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

India seizes US mercenary ship

The detention by Indian authorities of a private US anti-piracy ship crewed by armed mercenaries has highlighted a burgeoning private security industry in the Indian Ocean.

Pivot to Asia has not fallen off its axis

Barack Obama's absence from East Asia's two seminal economic and political meetings last week has triggered another bout of declinist commentary and regional hand wringing about the loss of US power and credibility which, if accurate, has serious implications for Australia's alliance with the US.

Alex Oliver discusses consular levy

SBS World News Australia interviewed Alex Oliver on the demands Australian travellers are making at the highest levels of government, and the impact this has on an already over-stretched Department of Foreign Affairs. 

Water supply in Cook Islands to get an upgrade

A $US50 million project to upgrade Rarotonga's water supply will begin construction in the coming weeks.The aid project is the first joint aid venture involving a traditional western donor and China.A group of workers from China will head over to Rarotonga to lay 26 kilometres of pipes while workers from New Zealand install water treatment facilities.Dr Philippa Brant has been in the Cook Islands studying the project and says it will have an effect on the supply and quality of the water in Raratonga.

Lowy Institute's Philippa Brant on potentials of Australia/China cooperation in South Pacific

In recent times China has increased its presence in the South Pacific region, especially in terms of aid and development assistance, but also its levels of investment. This has caused some anxiety in Australia over how it will impact on Australia's standing and influence in the region. Dr. Philippa Brant, a research associate at the Lowy Institute with an interest in China, and its relations with Australia, published a piece on the Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog a little while ago about how China's rise in the region presents opportunities rather than threats, and she joined Albion Harrison-Naish to discuss it.

Australia's defense capacities remain underfunded: institute

Australia's defense capacities remain underfunded and this will have serious consequences for both the nation's strategic edge in the Indo-Pacific and the U.S. alliance, a new study from the Lowy Institute for International Policy said on Wednesday.

Chance to gain wisdom on Asia

People of Australia, you're stuck in the past. This is the Indonesia message from Tony Abbott, a politician who knows what it's like to be dismissed as a throwback.

Obama Absence Gives China Opening

President Barack Obama's decision to skip a series of Asia and Pacific summits to tackle the partial government shutdown in Washington strips the U.S. of some of its recent diplomatic momentum in the region and could leave the door open for China to expand its influence.

PM disappointed as US crisis grounds Obama

Tony Abbott has expressed disappointment at Barack Obama's decision not to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation leaders' summit in Bali next week because of the US government shutdown.

Fleet review good start, now for Defence

With a glittering international fleet review, the Royal Australian Navy is marking 100 years since it first steamed into Sydney Harbour, reminding the nation we need it more than ever.

The clock is ticking on G20 preparations

In 13 months the Prime Minister will welcome world leaders to Brisbane for the G20 summit. Surely this is not something the new government needs to worry about now when it has so many other pressing issues?

Treasury prospect sees trade deal limits

A leading candidate to take the reins at Treasury when Secretary Martin Parkinson leaves next June has a different slant on trade talks from that outlined by the Abbott government.

Tony Abbott is going to have to think "Geneva" as well as Jakarta

Tony Abbott says his foreign policy emphasis is “Jakarta not Geneva” and indeed he will be in Jakarta next week, which will be the first test of his diplomatic skills as he seeks to smooth the asylum seeker issue and emphasise the importance and depth of the bilateral relationship.

Expectations Modest Ahead of Obama-Singh Talks

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh travels to Washington on Friday for a working visit with U.S. President Barack Obama, capping a year full of high-profile exchanges between two of the world's largest democracies.

End Jakarta asylum row, Tony Abbott told by Alexander Downer

The nation's longest-serving foreign minister, Alexander Downer, has urged Tony Abbott to quickly resolve the asylum-seeker dispute with Indonesia rather than "sweeping it elegantly under a diplomatic carpet" amid signs the Prime Minister wants trade and investment to dominate his visit to Jakarta.

Bishop joins ranks of the few

There has been a lot of discussion this week - some quite witty - about the lack of women in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's cabinet, and rightly so.

Sanctions no solution to DPRK issue

While sanctions continue to heap upon the "hermit state" of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), an Australian expert has questioned their efficacy in the face of ongoing human rights abuses, warning that sanctions "only breed hatred."

Workboats conference to assess piracy

A Middle East workboats conference is set to evaluate success of security measures as Somali piracy attacks fall to the lowest level since 2006, in Abu Dhabi from September 30.

Plea to fix mixed mine tax messages

MMG chief executive Andrew Michelmore has warned that Australia needs to remain open and attractive to foreign investment, especially China, to fund the nation's growth prospects. 

More than a friendly visit

Tony Abbott's first intense test as Prime Minister is, appropriately, Indonesia. - See more at:

Fed's dovish bond plan rattles Jakarta

Indonesian financial markets are, like much of the developing-country markets, on edge ahead of this week's US Fed meeting fearing the end of the Fed's bond purchases will result in a massive withdrawal of funds.

Beef accord may be boats payback

Lowy Institute Indonesia analyst Dave McRae said the Coalition had "strong government-to-government relations to build on'' although people and business ties were still lagging.

Indonesia a Priority for Australia, but...

In an interview for Media Indonesia's International Focus page, the Lowy Institute's Dr Dave McRae discusses the implications of the Australian election for Australia-Indonesia relations. 

'Morning Kevin ... a phone call would have been helpful'

Kevin Rudd is a man who likes to make big calls. Big calls, he argues, saved the country from the economic outhouse during the global financial crisis. And big calls got Australia a hot seat with the cool kids on the United Nations Security Council.

Australia PM says warships could be moved north

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday that key naval assets could be relocated north to adapt to a changing security landscape and put personnel nearer to their fields of operation.