• At a time of profound changes and unrivalled uncertainty in international relations, the Foreign Minister will present France’s outlook on global, regional and bilateral challenges, and its convergence with Australia's views and actions in this region and on the international stage.
     

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  • PROGRESS IN TURBULENT TIMES: THOUGHTS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMY, WITH THE HON CHRIS BOWEN MP, SHADOW TREASURER

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Tue, 07 Mar 2017 01:45:00 GMTTue, 07 Mar 2017 02:45:00 GMT

    With protectionist sentiment around the world, the Shadow Treasurer will reflect on the importance of growing trade pathways in our region and the continuing importance of trade for a small open economy like Australia.

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  • THE OUTLOOK FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP, WITH PROFESSOR HAROLD HONGJU KOH

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:45:00 GMTThu, 16 Mar 2017 02:45:00 GMT

    Professor Koh is an international lawyer and legal scholar. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the Legal Adviser to the State Department in the Obama administration, and was the most senior legal adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He also served as the Dean of Yale Law School, and returned there as a professor in international law following his departure from the State Department. Professor Koh will address the Lowy Institute on the future of international law under the Trump administration. 

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  • ADDRESS BY STEFANO MANSERVISI, DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT AT THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:45:00 GMTWed, 29 Mar 2017 02:45:00 GMT

    Development aid from donor countries amounts to more than USD$130 billion annually. More than half of that amount comes from countries within the European Union. However, sustainable development cannot be achieved through aid alone. The UN's 2030 Agenda has highlighted the importance of public and private investment for sustainable development. Major international agreements including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals will shape the EU’s development agenda for decades to come.

    The Director-General will discuss EU development policy in this context, paying particular attention to the Pacific region.

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  • THE FOREIGN POLICY WHITE PAPER EXPLAINED

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMTWed, 15 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

    At a time of significant uncertainty about the shape of the future global order, the Australian Government is preparing its first foreign policy white paper since 2003. Join former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese AO, in conversation with Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove and Director of Polling Alex Oliver for a timely discussion about the White Paper process and how Australia should position itself to advance its interests over the next decade.

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  • AN IN-CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL MORELL, FORMER ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE CIA

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMTTue, 14 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

    Intelligence agencies have never been more newsworthy than they are now. Developments in digital technology have made secrets less secure and leaks more common. In this new landscape, the barriers to disinformation and interference have been lowered. Join Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the CIA, for an inconversation on these issues.
     
    In a career spanning over thirty years, Michael Morell rose to the rank of Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and twice served as its Acting Director. He is a senior fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, a counsellor at Beacon Global Strategies, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

     

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  • REPORT LAUNCH: STRENGTHENING THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK IN 21ST CENTURY ASIA (Canberra)

    WHERE:   Canberra - Hotel Realm, National Ballroom 1

    WHEN:   Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMTMon, 13 Feb 2017 09:00:00 GMT

    The Asian Development Bank risks losing influence and relevance as the Asia-Pacific region is crowded with new actors and new ideas. Some even question whether an increasingly prosperous Asia needs a publically financed development bank.
     
    Australia is a founding member of the Asian Development Bank but has also joined China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
     
    The Lowy Institute is launching a major report Strengthening the Asian Development Bank in 21st Century Asia based on more than 60 interviews with key stakeholders.

    Join authors Annmaree O’Keeffe AM, Jonathan Pryke, and Hannah Wurf in a panel discussion moderated by Dr Merriden Varrall to discuss the key findings followed by Q&A and networking drinks.

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  • THE YEAR AHEAD (Melbourne)

    WHERE:   Clemenger Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria

    WHEN:   Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:15:00 GMTThu, 09 Feb 2017 08:15:00 GMT

    Lowy Institute Chief Operating Officer, Louisa Fitz Gerald will chair a panel of Institute experts to examine the key issues likely to dominate the international agenda in Asia, the United States and the international economy in 2017.

    Panellists include:

    Dr Euan Graham, Director of the International Security Program

    Mr Aaron Connelly, Research Fellow, East Asia

    Dr John Edwards, Nonresident Fellow

     

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  • FIGHTING ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ - AN UPDATE WITH MAJOR GENERAL ROGER NOBLE

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Wed, 08 Feb 2017 01:45:00 GMTWed, 08 Feb 2017 02:45:00 GMT

    Join us as Major General Roger Noble provides frontline insights into the war against Islamic State. In his role as Deputy Coalition Land Force Commander Iraq, he is effectively second-in-command in the international fight against IS in Iraq. Major General Noble will provide a unique and contemporary overview of the state of the anti-Islamic State campaign, the performance of the Iraqi forces, and likely challenges for the post-conflict future of Iraq. Based on the experience of 2016, he will offer some observations of enduring relevance to the conduct of 21st-century military operations.

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  • THE AUSTRALIA-JAPAN RELATIONSHIP IN AN INCREASINGLY INSECURE REGION, WITH PROFESSOR AKIKO FUKUSHIMA

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Tue, 07 Feb 2017 01:45:00 GMTTue, 07 Feb 2017 02:45:00 GMT

    Join Professor Akiko Fukushima of Aoyama Gakuin University and the Tokyo Foundation for a lecture on the future of the Australia-Japan security partnership. Her visit comes at a moment of high anxiety and uncertainty in alliance relations and regional security for the Asia-Pacific region. Changes of leadership in Washington and Manila, as well as China’s increasing presence in the South China Sea, are motivating US allies to consider new axes of stability to promote steady leadership, uphold a rules-based regional order, and reduce security concerns. Following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Australia, Professor Fukushima will examine how, as like-minded allies and bilateral partners, Australia and Japan can cooperate for peace and security in the Asia-Pacific.

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  • THE YEAR AHEAD (Sydney)

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Mon, 06 Feb 2017 01:45:00 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 02:45:00 GMT

    Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove  will chair a panel of Institute experts to examine the key issues likely to dominate the international agenda in Asia, the United States and the international economy in 2017.

    Panellists include: 

    Dr Euan Graham, Director of the International Security Program

    Dr Merriden Varrall, East Asia, Program Director

    Dr John Edwards, Nonresident Fellow

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  • AMERICA, ASIA, AND AUSTRALIA IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:45:00 GMTTue, 31 Jan 2017 02:45:00 GMT

    Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on 20 January. There is no question that his particular brand of populism has upended American politics, but we are only now beginning to understand what it might mean for Australia and our region. Join the Lowy Institute on the 31st January to discuss the implications this most improbable event for Australia, Asia, and US politics.

    Panellists: Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Alex Oliver, Director of the Polling Program, Aaron Connelly, East Asia Research Fellow and James Curran, Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney.

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  • AMERICA'S ENDURING INTERESTS IN THE INDO-ASIA-PACIFIC WITH ADMIRAL HARRY HARRIS, COMMANDER US PACIFIC COMMAND

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:45:00 GMTWed, 14 Dec 2016 02:30:00 GMT

    Admiral Harris visits Australia at an important juncture in alliance relations and regional security, as a new administration prepares to take over the reins in Washington. This year has seen a number of key regional developments, from the Arbitral Tribunal case in the South China Sea, to presidential elections in the Philippines and the United States. There were also a number of other key developments in Australia’s defence, including a new White Paper, a decision on future submarines, and agreement on the terms for hosting rotational US Marine deployments in the Northern Territory. Admiral Harris will highlight key enduring security interests for the US in this fast-moving regional and alliance context.

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  • WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY WITH FOREIGN MINISTER JULIE BISHOP

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Mon, 12 Dec 2016 01:45:00 GMTMon, 12 Dec 2016 02:45:00 GMT

    Australia has long been a proponent of international efforts to advance the cause of human rights. This is all the more important at a time when democracy and human rights have suffered serious setbacks in many parts of the world. 

    Australian Foreign Minister the Hon. Julie Bishop MP will visit the Lowy Institute for World Human Rights Day, which commemorates the date that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Minister will speak about Australia’s candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council in 2018-2020.

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  • LOWY INSTITUTE PAPER LAUNCH: FIGHTING WITH AMERICA BY PROF JAMES CURRAN

    WHERE:   National Press Club of Australia

    WHEN:   Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:00:00 GMTThu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

    Australia has long been a reliable ally of the United States. But has it become too reliable? Amid great strategic change caused by the rise of China, and in the aftermath of a US presidential election that will have enormous implications for the world, it is time for a fresh look at the Australian–American alliance.

    Join Prof James Curran, for the launch of his new Lowy Institute Paper, published by Penguin Australia. 

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  • ARE WE THERE YET? NATASHA STOTT DESPOJA AM

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:45:00 GMTTue, 06 Dec 2016 02:45:00 GMT

    Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, looks at destinations reached and travels still to be undertaken in the global journey towards gender equality. Drawing from her visits to 31 countries to promote Australia’s programs and policies to advance women’s empowerment, and her representation of Australia at 29 multilateral and regional gender equality conferences, Ambassador Stott Despoja will provide insights into progress towards “Planet 50:50”.  

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  • MELBOURNE: FOREIGN FIGHTERS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ: THE DAY AFTER

    WHERE:   National Gallery of Victoria

    WHEN:   Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:15:00 GMTTue, 29 Nov 2016 08:15:00 GMT

    Whatever form the resolution to the Syrian civil war takes, one of the by-products will be thousands of experienced, ideologically motivated foreign fighters who will remain an international security threat for years, if not decades, to come. This in-conversation event with Lowy Institute experts Dr Rodger Shanahan and Dr Lydia Khalil will examine the ways in which the foreign fighter threat may develop, and how Australia and the rest of the international security community can best prepare for the ‘day after’.

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