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26 March 2012 16:21

In case you missed it, last week the Lowy Institute released its second Indonesia Poll. The results showed that Indonesians had markedly warmed towards Australians, moving from a lukewarm 51° recorded in the Institute’s 2006 Indonesia Poll to a warm 62°. The poll was immediately welcomed by Australia's Foreign Minister, who issued a media release commenting that 'the survey showed Indonesians see Australia as a trustworthy country, reflecting the strength of relations between our countries'.

Watch this space for Lowy Institute polling from India and China.

At last week's Wednesday Lowy Lunch we hosted Australia's High Commissioner to PNG, Ian Kemish, who made the case for Australia's role in unlocking PNG's potential. For those who missed the event, you can catch up here. A month ago, Mr Kemish spoke candidly with the Lowy Institute's Jenny Hayward Jones about the ramifications of the constitutional crisis, interesting viewing considering the crisis again flared up last week in Port Moresby.

This week promises to be busy, beginning with Fellow Fergus Hanson releasing a new paper looking at the widening gap between Australian and US foreign affairs departments on the uptake of ediplomacy tools. Fellow Professor Allan Dupont launches his new policy brief, 'The Australian Defence Force After Afghanistan' at the Wednesday Lowy Lunch (limited seats available, please email kweston@lowyinstitute.org), and on Friday we launch another policy brief (by Scott Flower & Jim Lehy) looking at how violence can be averted in the lead-up to the forthcoming PNG elections. 

Finally, the Lowy Institute was honoured to join as a founding member the 'Council of Councils' – a Council on Foreign Relations initiative to link leading think tanks from around the world.

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