Books | 21 August 2013

Reports from a Turbulent Decade

Throughout a decade of remarkable change and upheaval, the Lowy Institute has discussed, dissected and analysed the big issues shaping global politics, and provided fresh policy ideas for Australian decision-makers.

Ranked as Australia's leading think tank, the Lowy Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on the trends affecting Australia and the world. This anthology features some of the best and most insightful papers, speeches and op-eds from the Lowy Institute's first decade. Included here are works by Lowy Institute researchers, Australian prime ministers and leading international scholars on diverse topics – from America's 'Seinfeld' strategy in Iraq, to building trust with China and Australia's place in the world.


Reports from a Turbulent Decade is available to purchase from all good bookstores ($29.99) and online. An e-book version ($19.99) is also available.  The Lowy Institute's Bligh Street headquarters has a limited number of copies available for purchase at our reception. 

 

  • Michael Fullilove
  • Anthony Bubalo

Throughout a decade of remarkable change and upheaval, the Lowy Institute has discussed, dissected and analysed the big issues shaping global politics, and provided fresh policy ideas for Australian decision-makers.

Ranked as Australia's leading think tank, the Lowy Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on the trends affecting Australia and the world. This anthology features some of the best and most insightful papers, speeches and op-eds from the Lowy Institute's first decade. Included here are works by Lowy Institute researchers, Australian prime ministers and leading international scholars on diverse topics – from America's 'Seinfeld' strategy in Iraq, to building trust with China and Australia's place in the world.


Reports from a Turbulent Decade is available to purchase from all good bookstores ($29.99) and online. An e-book version ($19.99) is also available.  The Lowy Institute's Bligh Street headquarters has a limited number of copies available for purchase at our reception. 

 

  • Michael Fullilove
  • Anthony Bubalo
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Executive Summary

Reports from a Turbulent Decade available from all good book stores and online.

 

CONTENTS

Foreword Frank Lowy, AC

ix

Introduction Michael Fullilove and Anthony Bubalo

xi

Acknowledgements

xvii

 

 

Australia and the World

1

Wasting our time up a diplomatic dead end Allan Gyngell

3

Australia in the world John Howard

7

Howard’s decade: an Australian foreign policy reappraisal

    Paul Kelly

12

Let’s show the world what we’re made of Allan Gyngell

21

Problems to partnership: a plan for Australia–India strategic ties

    Rory Medcalf

24

Troops should be kept in Middle East Rodger Shanahan

33

Diplomatic disrepair: rebuilding Australia’s diplomatic infrastructure

    Alex Oliver and Andrew Shearer

36

Sceptics may scoff, but building trust with China is crucial

    Linda Jakobson

42

The 2012 Vernon Parker Oration Michael Wesley

45

History asks great nations great questions Julia Gillard

56

Consular conundrum: the rising demands and diminishing means for assisting Australians overseas     Alex Oliver

65

The Lowy Institute Poll on Australia and the world: public opinion and foreign policy     Fergus Hanson and Alex Oliver

72

 

 

Beyond States

81

Parallel worlds Allan Gyngell

83

Heating up the planet: climate change and security

    Alan Dupont and Graeme Pearman

92

The end of the Vasco da Gama era Coral Bell

97

Relations among nations on a finite planet Bob May

102

World wide webs: diasporas and the international system

    Michael Fullilove

110

Australia, the region and the world: the challenges ahead

    Kevin Rudd

120

Mekong: river under threat Milton Osborne

124

 

 

Changing Asia

129

India: the next economic giant Mark Thirlwell

131

Regional tensions awaken Alan Dupont

137

A focused force: Australia’s defence priorities in the Asian century

    Hugh White

140

Asia reconnected Malcolm Cook and Anthony Bubalo

147

Behold the Asian age Michael Wesley

151

Indo-Pacific: what’s in a name? Rory Medcalf

154

China’s foreign policy dilemma Linda Jakobson

157

 

 

Australia’s Near Neighbours

163

Indonesia must break with past Stephen Grenville

165

The big clumsy Panda in the Pacific Fergus Hanson

170

Policy overboard: Australia’s increasingly costly Fiji drift

    Jenny Hayward-Jones

173

Freedom of speech in Fiji Jenny Hayward-Jones

177

Put zest back in our PNG affairs Annmaree O’Keeffe

181

Digital islands: how the Pacific’s ICT revolution is transforming the region     Danielle Cave

184

Staying the executioners’ guns? Dave McRae

189

 

 

Reflections on America

195

In praise of hypocrisy: the role of ‘values’ in foreign policy

    James Fallows

197

After Iraq Owen Harries

207

America’s ‘Seinfeld ’ strategy in Iraq Michael Fullilove

214

Obama ought to take up cricket Michael Fullilove

217

Dear Mr President, we beg to differ over the future of Asia

    Hugh White

220

Revolution @State: the spread of ediplomacy Fergus Hanson

224

The audacity of reasonableness: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, US foreign policy and Australia Michael Fullilove

230

 

 

It’s the Economy, Stupid

237

Sovereign remedies for the modern monarchist Mark Thirlwell

239

Quest for a sensible climate policy Warwick McKibbin

242

Global macroeconomic consequences of pandemic influenza

    Warwick McKibbin and Alexandra Sidorenko

244

Geeing up the G20 Mark Thirlwell and Malcolm Cook

247

The Euro: chronicle of a death foretold? Mark Thirlwell

254

Bankers hold Europe to ransom Stephen Grenville

256

Relaunching the G20 Mike Callaghan

259

 

 

War, Peace and Revolution

267

Anzac, our achilles heel? Hugh White

269

Lawrence of Arabia is out of place in Iraq Anthony Bubalo

272

Australia’s role in China’s naval expansion Sam Roggeveen

275

Obama legacy must rewrite the terms of success Sam Roggeveen

278

One reason you shouldn’t go to Afghanistan with a beard

    Anthony Bubalo and Susanne Schmeidl

281

Power and choice: Asian security futures Malcolm Cook,

    Raoul Heinrichs, Rory Medcalf and Andrew Shearer

284

On the 11th, remember the living James Brown

290

Two Afghan views of Australia from Uruzgan Omaid Khpalwak

294

Choice between kings and countries Rodger Shanahan

302

 

 

Notes

305

 

 

Contributor biographies

325