• 2017 Lowy Lecture: UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

    WHERE:   Sydney CBD

    WHEN:   7/27/2017 6:30:00 PM7/27/2017 10:00:00 PM

    The Lowy Institute is delighted to invite you to the 2017 Lowy Lecture, to be delivered by the United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP.

    Boris Johnson is a leading British politician, historian and journalist. He has served as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015, and as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since 2016. He served as Mayor of London for two terms from 2008 to 2016, overseeing the 2012 London Olympics. He was MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008. Prior to his political career, he worked as a journalist at The Times and The Daily Telegraph, and as editor of The Spectator. He is one of Britain’s most interesting politicians.

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  • Globalisation and the future of the Pacific: What role for the EU?

    WHERE:   Level 3, 1 Bligh Street

    WHEN:   8/3/2017 12:45:00 PM8/3/2017 1:45:00 PM

    Pascal Lamy, former head of the World Trade Organization, will deliver an address on globalisation and the future of the European Union’s relationship with the Pacific.

    Mr Lamy will discuss how the Pacific may evolve in the new era of Trumponomics, the end of Trans-Pacific Partnership, the rise of China, and new international trade agreements.

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  • Australia’s role in the fight against modern slavery

    WHERE:   The National Press Club

    WHEN:   8/15/2017 6:00:00 PM8/15/2017 7:00:00 PM

    Nearly 46 million people are estimated to be held in some form of modern slavery today, trapped in fishing fleets and sweatshops, in mines and brothels, and in the fields and plantations of countries across the world. Modern slavery taints the global supply chains of businesses all over the globe, including in Australia, where investigative journalism has uncovered severe exploitation in the supply chains of major retailers. What is Australia’s role in the fight against modern slavery?
     
    Join CEO of the Freedom Fund, Nick Grono, Senator Linda Reynolds, and Shadow Minister for Justice Clare O’Neil MP for a panel discussion on modern slavery in South and Southeast Asia, its implications for businesses, and how Australia can play a leading role in ending this gross violation of human dignity.
     

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  • Pragmatic but wary globalists: Australians and the 2017 Lowy Institute Poll

    WHERE:   Clemenger Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria

    WHEN:   8/29/2017 6:15:00 PM8/29/2017 7:15:00 PM

    After a remarkable year in world affairs, the 2017 Lowy Institute Poll has uncovered some fascinating findings on how Australians have reacted to the latest world events.

    Join Alex Oliver, author of the last five annual Lowy Institute Polls, together with a distinguished panel including award-winning journalist and author Stan Grant, in a discussion of some of the most interesting results from this year’s Lowy Institute Poll.
     

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  • In conversation with Dennis Richardson AO

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   7/18/2017 12:45:00 PM7/18/2017 1:45:00 PM

    The Lowy Institute is pleased to invite you to an in conversation with Dr Michael Fullilove and Dennis Richardson AO, who until his recent retirement was one of Australia’s most experienced and respected public servants.

    On 12 May 2017, Dennis Richardson retired as the Secretary of the Department of Defence, ending a storied public service career that began in 1969. In that time, he served as the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as Australian Ambassador to the United States and as Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. He was also Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1990 to 1991.

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  • An address by Senator the Hon Penny Wong Australia's national interests in a time of disruption

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   7/6/2017 12:45:00 PM7/6/2017 1:45:00 PM

    The Lowy Institute is delighted to host Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, for an address on Australia's national interests in a time of disruption.
     
     

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  • AMP China Lecture: China and the global economic order

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   7/5/2017 12:45:00 PM7/5/2017 1:45:00 PM

    In 2001, China entered the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a watershed in the history of globalisation. Fully integrating China into the global economy had profound consequences, both positive and disruptive. Domestically, Beijing applied WTO rules to promote far-reaching market-based economic reforms. Internationally, China’s strong export industry has led to the decline of old-line industries in advanced economies. Recently China has adopted a number of technological and economic policies and practices which will have new implications for international markets.
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    Join journalist and author Paul Blustein and East Asia Program Director Dr Merriden Varrall to discuss China’s changing engagement with the global economy and the dangers facing the trading system. A Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Paul has written widely on economic issues for more than 35 years, including for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and is the author of five books on international economic institutions.

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  • Two decades after the Asian Financial Crisis: Have the world's financial firefighters learned anything?

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   7/4/2017 6:00:00 PM7/4/2017 7:00:00 PM

    The Asian Financial Crisis erupted 20 years ago with the crash of the Thai baht on 2 July 1997. What did the guardians of the global financial system, in particular the International Monetary Fund (IMF) learn from that experience, and how well have they done in the period since then? Nonresident Fellow and former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia Stephen Grenville will discuss these questions with Paul Blustein, a former Washington Post reporter and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and author of The Chastening, a compelling account of the series of economic crises that rocked the world and the IMF's response.

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  • The view from Beijing with New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief Jane Perlez

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   7/3/2017 12:45:00 PM7/3/2017 1:45:00 PM

    China’s continuously growing role in world affairs can’t help but capture our imaginations — but how does the world look from Beijing? Is President Xi navigating global affairs with a skilful coherent strategy, or are the Chinese elite opportunistically grabbing on to whatever they can catch? Join Jane Perlez, Beijing Bureau Chief of The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, for a discussion of politics in the Chinese capital with East Asia Program Director, Dr Merriden Varrall.

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  • Thailand's triple threat: Culture, politics, and security

    WHERE:   Garden Restaurant, National Gallery of Victoria

    WHEN:   6/28/2017 6:15:00 PM6/28/2017 7:15:00 PM

    Following the passing of King Rama IX, Thailand is going through a period of significant political and social upheaval. Join us for a panel discussion on how Thailand will fare with its ‘triple threat’ of a royal transition, the entrenchment of military rule, and the potential escalation of separatist violence in its southern provinces. The discussion will feature Nicholas Farrelly, the author of a forthcoming Lowy Institute Analysis of the situation. He will be joined by three other leading experts on Thai politics, security, and human rights. 

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  • In conversation with Jake Sullivan

    WHERE:   The National Press Club

    WHEN:   6/19/2017 6:00:00 PM6/19/2017 7:00:00 PM

    Jake Sullivan, former senior foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton, describes the post-World War II order as “like the Parthenon” - with columns that included the United Nations, NATO, and the various Bretton Woods institutions. Now, in the age of Trump, Brexit, and China’s rise, we are entering a phase with fewer clean lines. “It’s surprising, it’s sometimes formal and sometimes informal, sometimes linear and sometimes ad hoc, sometimes shiny and sometimes not.”

    Join Lowy Institute Director of Digital and Senior Fellow, Sam Roggeveen for a conversation with Hillary Clinton’s closest foreign policy confidant, Jake Sullivan, with the chance to ask your questions.

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  • American foreign policy in an age of populism with Jake Sullivan

    WHERE:   Clemenger Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria

    WHEN:   6/15/2017 6:15:00 PM6/15/2017 7:15:00 PM

    US President Donald Trump dismisses decades-old alliances; the UK turns its back on a European project that brought peace and prosperity to a war-wracked continent; President Duterte overturns Filipino foreign policy to adopt a pro-Beijing line. Populist political forces are on the rise in some of the world’s great democracies, including in the US, India, the UK and other parts of Europe. What does the age of populism mean for American foreign policy and for the global order? On 15 June, hear from a campaigner on the front line against the darker impulses of populism - Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton’s closest foreign policy confidant.

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  • 2017 Owen Harries Lecture - American strategy in the Asia Pacific: President Trump and beyond with Jake Sullivan

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   6/13/2017 6:00:00 PM6/13/2017 7:00:00 PM

    As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton led one of the Obama Administration’s signature foreign policy initiatives, the ‘pivot’ to Asia. On 13 June, hear from Hillary Clinton’s closest foreign policy confidant, Jake Sullivan, about what motivated the pivot and what US Asia policy will look like under President Trump and beyond. A rising China, a belligerent North Korea and an unruly ASEAN are among the many challenges facing the US in the Asia-Pacific. Can this still be ‘America’s Pacific Century’, as Clinton promised when she first described the pivot in 2011?

    The annual Owen Harries Lecture honours the enormous contribution Mr Harries, a Nonresident Fellow of the Lowy Institute, has made to the international policy debate in Australia.

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  • Understanding the UK election

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   6/9/2017 12:45:00 PM6/9/2017 1:45:00 PM

    British Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap election – the first early election in the UK since 1974. Opinion polls indicate her Conservative government is in for a thumping victory, but in an era of voter volatility, is this an unnecessary gamble? Or will May get the mandate she wants to negotiate the UK’s exit from the European Union on the best terms?
     
    Join us at the Lowy Institute on 9 June, the day after UK polling day, for a panel discussion about what the results mean for the UK, EU and the world.

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  • Mr Hyland is the United Kingdom’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. The Commissioner’s role is to lead the UK’s efforts to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. Mr Hyland will address the Lowy Institute on what is one of the most significant global human rights issues of the modern day, and the domestic and international actions countries can take to tackle it.
     
    Kevin Hyland was head of the London Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, and has over 30 years’ experience of investigating serious and organised crime. Mr Hyland was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for "services to Combating Human Trafficking" in the 2015 New Year Honours. While in Australia, Mr Hyland will participate in a public hearing at the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade parliamentary inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.

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  • North Korea in crisis (again): Is it really different this time?

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/30/2017 12:45:00 PM5/30/2017 1:45:00 PM

    North Korea is moving closer to its cherished strategic goal: the possession of a functioning nuclear missile capable of hitting the United States. The regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests have gathered pace, creating a momentum which US and regional policy makers are struggling to control. Sanctions have failed to halt the development of the North’s nuclear program. The recent, brazen assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother by an outlawed chemical weapon in Malaysia’s main airport is also widely believed to have been carried out at Pyongyang’s direction, although no North Korean suspects have been brought to justice.
     
    While South Korea has lived with North Korea’s provocative behaviour for decades, how will other neighbours and the Trump administration deal with the looming threat? Is there a US-China “grand bargain” on the cards? Will the United States pursue unilateral counter-measures? Or does the solution lie elsewhere – with the possibility that a new South Korean president will pursue a pro-engagement strategy?
     
    Join Dr Euan Graham, Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute and Korean foreign policy expert, Dr Jiyoung Song for a discussion on the future of North Korea and how it will shape regional security.

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  • AMP China Series - Growing old: Population challenges for the Chinese economy 

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/22/2017 12:45:00 PM5/22/2017 1:45:00 PM

    China is a rapidly ageing country. According to the World Bank, the working age population is predicted to fall by 10% by 2040. While the size of the workforce is falling, the pool of over 65s are rising, predicted to reach 350 million by the same year.

    What are the economic effects of a shrinking labour pool and rising number of aged dependents, and how will the two-child policy limit these effects? Join Dr Merriden Varrall, Director of the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, Dr Jane Golley, Associate Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University and Dr John Edwards, Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, to explore how population dynamics will shape China’s economy and what it means for our economic future at large.

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  • Iran’s presidential elections

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/10/2017 12:45:00 PM5/10/2017 1:45:00 PM

    The race for Iran’s presidency is heating up as more hardline candidates join the contest. Join Lowy Institute Deputy Director Anthony Bubalo and a panel of experts to preview Iran’s crucial presidential elections on 19 May. Joining Anthony will be Dr Rodger Shanahan, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, Dr Naser Ghobadzadeh, from the Australian Catholic University and Alice Drury, who lived and studied in Iran between 2014 and 2016.

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  • PAUL KEATING AND ALLAN GYNGELL - THE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD NOW

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   4/26/2017 12:45:00 PM4/26/2017 1:45:00 PM

    Allan Gyngell's new book Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World since 1942 is a gripping and authoritative account of the way Australians and their governments have helped create the world we now inhabit. 

    Join Allan Gyngell, former Executive Director of the Lowy Institute and former Prime Minister Paul Keating for a discussion of the history of Australian foreign affairs and its impact on our place in the world now.

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