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Marty Harris

Until September 2014, Marty Harris was a Lowy Institute Research Associate, working to the Executive Director and Blog Editor. Prior to joining the Institute, Marty worked as a researcher in the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security section of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library. He holds a Bachelor of International Relations (first class honours) from La Trobe University and a Master of Arts (first class honours; Middle East and Central Asian Studies) from ANU.

Articles by Marty Harris (28)

  • Australia: The safest place for nuclear material

    The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)* and Economist Intelligence Unit have released the second edition of the Nuclear Materials Security Index. The index assesses security in the 25 countries with more than one kilogram of weapon-usable nuclear material.  Australia was again ranked first; North Korea was again ranked last:
  • Ranking countries by materialism and optimism

    According to a new survey published by Ipsos MORI, 71% of people in China measure success by the things they own:  The Global Trends Survey — 16,000 people in 20 countries, conducted online between 3 and 17 September 2013 — found optimism for the year ahead highest in India, Canada, Australia and China.
  • Child poverty in New Zealand

    Purportedly, 25% of New Zealand's children live in poverty. A new report from across the ditch also found that 'around 30% of Maori and 30% of Pacific children lived in poor households, as compared to 15% of European children'. The first annual Child Poverty Monitor defines any households with less than 60% of median income as being in poverty, taking housing costs into consideration. This is the same relative poverty line used by the European Union.
  • World AIDS Day graphs

    On World AIDS Day, yesterday, the UN reported that between 2001 and 2012 there was a 33% reduction in new HIV infections worldwide. The following graphs, from the UNAIDS 2013 Global Report, illustrate this decline, as well as the decrease in the number of HIV/AIDS-related deaths since the mid 2000s. The Global Report also tracks the increasing use of antiretroviral therapy, which not only limits the progression of the HIV disease in individuals but also reduces the risk of HIV transmission and
  • Israel-Palestine: Australia changes government, changes UN vote

    The Abbott Government has, as predicted, changed some votes on recurring Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolutions at the UN General Assembly.   Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has indicated that Australia has switched votes from 'in favour' to 'abstain' on two resolutions — one calls for an end to all Israeli settlement activity in the territory it occupied in June 1967, and the other affirms that the Fourth Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War is applicable to t
  • The infectious disease threat in Syria

    Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the presence of wild poliovirus type one (WPV1) in 10 children under two years old in Deir al-Zour province in the Syria's east. These are the first reported cases of polio in the country since 1999. This is another sign of the collapse of state institutions in Syria, all these children being born after the outbreak of civil war.
  • How far East Asia has come, in one graph

    Marty Harris is an assistant digital editor at the Lowy Institute. The following graph is from the UN's 2013 Millennium Development Goals Report:  Little comment is needed on this, except to say that despite rising income and urban-rural inequality in China, the number of people living in extreme poverty there declined from 60% of the population in 1990 to 12% in 2010.