Programs & Projects

The West Asia Program

The West Asia Program

The West Asia program provides original research on developments in the Middle East and Central and Southwest Asia, including as they impact on Australia. Central research issues include relations between West Asia and East Asia, the Arab uprisings and geo-political change in the Middle East and Australia’s relations with the Gulf.

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Latest publications
News and media
Research Fellow, Transnational Challenges
Nonresident Fellow, West Asia Program
After The Fall: Fawzia Koofi on Afghanistan's future
Podcasts
After The Fall: Fawzia Koofi on Afghanistan's future
In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, former member of the Afghan parliament and its first female deputy speaker Fawzia Koofi joins Lowy Institute Research…
Did 9/11 change our world?
Interactives
Did 9/11 change our world?
We asked six experts, “Did 9/11 define our world? If so, how? If not, what did?” After each of their responses to these questions, editor Lydia Khalil challenges the experts…
Commentary
New man in Tehran aims for supreme power
Originally published in The Australian.
Podcasts
Lowy Institute Conversations: Stan Grant on identity, liberalism and the future of democracy
In this episode of Conversations, Lydia Khalil talks with Stan Grant on the tensions between identity and liberalism and what that means for the future of democracy
Reports
Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security: Inquiry into extremist movements and radicalism in Australia
On 19 February, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Lydia Khalil made a submission to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security inquiry into extremist movements…
Commentary
The Pastoral Populism of Pope Francis and Sayed Sistani
Originally published by the European Center for Populism Studies.
Islamic State’s new battleground – the courts
Islamic State’s new battleground – the courts
In the aftermath of Islamic State’s defeat, it was anticipated that fighters and other members of the group would appeal to the very court system of a liberal democracy whose laws…
Analyses
The World After COVID
How will the COVID-19 pandemic change the world? Lowy Institute experts provide their analysis.
The Australian
4 October 2022
Inside Story
27 September 2022
ABC Radio National Drive
27 September 2022
ABC The World Today
17 August 2022
The Australian
28 January 2022
ABC Radio National Saturday Extra
4 September 2021
ABC Radio National Breakfast
3 September 2021
Australian Financial Review
17 April 2021
The Sydney Morning Herald
31 October 2020