• Australia, China and the fallout from the foreign influence debate

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/1/2018 6:00:00 PM5/1/2018 7:00:00 PM

    The Turnbull government has announced it will introduce legislation to combat foreign intervention in Australian politics. The government’s critics, in turn, say it has mishandled the issue, alienating Australia’s biggest trading partner, and unfairly targeting Chinese-Australians.   
     
    Join Richard McGregor, Lowy Institute’s Senior Fellow for East Asia, for a discussion on the debate about the Chinese party-state’s influence operations in Australia, and its fallout in domestic politics, regional diplomacy, and within the Chinese-Australian community.

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  • The North Korea threat – In conversation with Robert Kelly

    WHERE:   James O Fairfax Theatre

    WHEN:   5/2/2018 6:15:00 PM5/2/2018 7:15:00 PM

    There is no more urgent security issue for Australia than North Korea, a nuclear-armed power with a regime described by Professor Robert Kelly as a ‘mafia state’. Join us at Professor Kelly’s only public appearance in Canberra to discuss North Korea’s enigmatic regime, its confrontation with the United States, and the likelihood of war. The conversation will be moderated by Lowy Institute Senior Fellow Sam Roggeveen, and questions will also be taken from the audience.
     
    Robert Kelly is a professor of international relations in the Political Science and Diplomacy Department of Pusan National University in Busan, Korea. He is a regular contributor to The Interpreter and has written for The Diplomat, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
     

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  • Aus-PNG Network social evening

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/17/2018 6:00:00 PM5/17/2018 7:30:00 PM

    Join us on Thursday 17 May in Sydney for the Aus-PNG Network’s quarterly social event, designed to bring as many members of this diverse and talented group together as possible. This informal gathering is an excellent opportunity to make new connections with others interested in Papua New Guinea and the Australia–Papua New Guinea relationship.

    Leonard Blazeby, Head of Mission in Australia for the International Committee of the Red Cross, will speak about his organisation’s work with those affected by tribal violence in the PNG Highlands. Despite causing several deaths and leaving thousands displaced every year, these conflicts receive very little attention in Australia.

    Drinks and canapés will be served. All are welcome to come along to network and learn more about the relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea.
     

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  • A new politics? Discussing sectarianism and civil society in Indonesia (Sydney)

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/22/2018 12:45:00 PM5/22/2018 1:45:00 PM

    Please join the Lowy Institute and special guests Rahimah ‘Ima’ Abdulrahim, Executiive Director of The Habibie Centre, Jakarta, and Sandra Hamid, Indonesia Country Representative for The Asia Foundation, for a discussion about Indonesia in an era of vigorous electoral competition and growing sectarianism.
     
    In advance of more than 100 local elections in 2018 and presidential and legislative elections in 2019, now is an ideal time to take stock of the trajectory of politics in Indonesia. Should we expect a repeat of the religious and ethnic mobilisations deployed during the divisive 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election? How have other civil society groups responded to an injection of religious identity into the political sphere? Do these trends complement or threaten to undermine the consolidation of Indonesia’s democratic institutions on the 20-year anniversary of Reformasi?    

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  • A new politics? Discussing sectarianism and civil society in Indonesia (Melbourne)

    WHERE:   Clemenger BBDO Auditorium

    WHEN:   5/23/2018 6:15:00 PM5/23/2018 7:15:00 PM

    Please join the Lowy Institute and special guests Rahimah ‘Ima’ Abdulrahim, Executiive Director of The Habibie Centre, Jakarta, and Sandra Hamid, Indonesia Country Representative for The Asia Foundation, for a discussion about Indonesia in an era of vigorous electoral competition and growing sectarianism.
     
    In advance of more than 100 local elections in 2018 and presidential and legislative elections in 2019, now is an ideal time to take stock of the trajectory of politics in Indonesia. Should we expect a repeat of the religious and ethnic mobilisations deployed during the divisive 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election? How have other civil society groups responded to an injection of religious identity into the political sphere? Do these trends complement or threaten to undermine the consolidation of Indonesia’s democratic institutions on the 20-year anniversary of Reformasi?    

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  • A new politics? Discussing sectarianism and civil society in Indonesia (Canberra)

    WHERE:   James O Fairfax Theatre

    WHEN:   5/24/2018 6:15:00 PM5/24/2018 7:15:00 PM

    Please join the Lowy Institute and special guests Rahimah ‘Ima’ Abdulrahim, Executiive Director of The Habibie Centre, Jakarta, and Sandra Hamid, Indonesia Country Representative for The Asia Foundation, for a discussion about Indonesia in an era of vigorous electoral competition and growing sectarianism.
     

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  • Remaking the Middle East: How a Troubled Region May Save Itself (Canberra)

    WHERE:   James O Fairfax Theatre

    WHEN:   5/29/2018 6:15:00 PM5/29/2018 7:15:00 PM

    Join us for the launch of the latest Lowy Institute Paper published by Penguin Random House, Remaking the Middle East: How a Troubled Region May Save Itself, by Anthony Bubalo.
     
    The Middle East is experiencing a period of concentrated turmoil unlike anything since the end of the Second World War. Uprisings, coups, and wars have seen governments overthrown, hundreds of thousands killed, and millions displaced.

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  • Remaking the Middle East: How a Troubled Region May Save Itself (Melbourne)

    WHERE:   Garden Restaurant

    WHEN:   5/30/2018 6:15:00 PM5/30/2018 7:15:00 PM

    Join us for the launch of the latest Lowy Institute Paper published by Penguin Random House, Remaking the Middle East: How a Troubled Region May Save Itself, by Anthony Bubalo.
     
    The Middle East is experiencing a period of concentrated turmoil unlike anything since the end of the Second World War. Uprisings, coups, and wars have seen governments overthrown, hundreds of thousands killed, and millions displaced.

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  • Remaking the Middle East: How a Troubled Region May Save Itself (Sydney)

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/31/2018 12:45:00 PM5/31/2018 1:45:00 PM

    Join us for the launch of the latest Lowy Institute Paper published by Penguin Random House, Remaking the Middle East: How a Troubled Region May Save Itself, by Anthony Bubalo.
     
    The Middle East is experiencing a period of concentrated turmoil unlike anything since the end of the Second World War. Uprisings, coups, and wars have seen governments overthrown, hundreds of thousands killed, and millions displaced.

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  • Prosperity and promise: Xi Jinping and modern China

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   4/16/2018 12:45:00 PM4/16/2018 1:45:00 PM

    “Prosperity” has been a significant theme in several of President Xi Jinping’s major speeches over the past year, both at home and abroad. But what does he mean by prosperity? And what challenges does this nebulous concept create? Domestically, Xi’s promise to transform China into a “moderately prosperous society” by 2020 has been well-received. But does it have global resonance? 

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  • In conversation with Igor Yurgens

    WHERE:   James O Fairfax Theatre

    WHEN:   4/11/2018 6:15:00 PM4/11/2018 7:15:00 PM

    In recent years, Russia has asserted itself against neighbouring Ukraine, become a key player in the Syria conflict, allegedly interfered in US domestic politics, and been labelled by the US as a great-power competitor on the world stage. Join one of Russia’s finest political commentators, Igor Yurgens, to hear about these and other major developments in modern Russia, in a wide-ranging conversation with Lowy Institute Senior Fellow Sam Roggeveen. Yurgens will also take questions from the audience.

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  • Asian Development Outlook 2018: how technology impacts jobs

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   4/11/2018 12:45:00 PM4/11/2018 1:45:00 PM

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will launch its flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018, with its focus on “How Technology Impacts Jobs”. The report examines how, as increased automation displaces some tasks, new occupations emerge to take their place. The displacement of workers due to technology is real, but with the right skills, training, and regulation, Asia can overcome this challenge.

     

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  • What the West needs to understand about Russia’s politics and economy: an address by Igor Yurgens

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   4/10/2018 6:00:00 PM4/10/2018 7:00:00 PM

    As Russian president or prime minister, for the last 18 years Vladimir Putin has been one of the most prominent but enigmatic figures on the global stage. He has led Russia’s evolution from a deep post-Soviet torpor to an authoritarian power which asserts itself abroad, is a key player in the Syria conflict, and faces allegations of interfering in the US presidential elections. But in the West, Russia remains shrouded in myths and stereotypes, its behaviour often misdiagnosed. In this Lowy Institute address, one of Russia’s finest political commentators, Igor Yurgens, examines the West’s misunderstanding of Russia.

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  • South Korea at the crossroads: strategic choices and South Korean foreign policy

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   4/6/2018 12:45:00 PM4/6/2018 1:45:00 PM

    The Korean Peninsula has historically been a battleground for the major powers. But with successful economic modernisation and transition to democracy, South Korea has sought to navigate rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, and to strategically benefit from China’s economic growth while relying on the United States for security. Dr Snyder will discuss debates over South Korea’s strategic choices in the context of rising tensions in Northeast Asia and the wider Indo-Pacific, including in partnership with Australia.
     

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  • Debating China’s Belt and Road Initiative from European, Asia-Pacific, and Chinese perspectives

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/28/2018 12:45:00 PM3/28/2018 1:45:00 PM

    Announced in late 2013, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is both a colossal infrastructure development scheme and a grandly ambitious undertaking of geostrategic proportions. Mixed responses to the BRI are now emerging as it begins to reshape economic and political decisions across Eurasia. In Europe, Germany’s foreign minister recently stated his view that the BRI is designed to promote a value system different to that in the West. In response to the BRI, Australia, India, Japan, and the United States are reported to be considering an Asian infrastructure development plan of their own. Our panel will consider the BRI’s implications for China’s role in the region, and for Australia’s interests going forward.
     

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  • Japan’s evolving security role in the Indo-Pacific: address by Yukio Okamoto

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/12/2018 12:45:00 PM3/12/2018 1:45:00 PM

    Following a period spent in Japan developing its national security apparatus and international security cooperation with partners from Europe to the Indo-Pacific, Yukio Okamoto, Adjunct Professor at Ritsumeikan University and former Japanese diplomat, will address Japan’s evolving security role in the Indo-Pacific, with a focus on Japan–China relations. This will be followed by a discussion with the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program Director, Dr Euan Graham, about how Japan will adapt and respond to future regional security concerns.

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  • Aus-PNG Network social evening – Brisbane

    WHERE:   Level 7, Webb Centre

    WHEN:   3/6/2018 6:15:00 PM3/6/2018 7:15:00 PM

    Join us on Tuesday 6 March in Brisbane for the second quarterly Aus-PNG Network event aimed at bringing as many people from this diverse and talented group together as possible. This will be an informal gathering and an excellent opportunity to make new connections with people with an interest in Papua New Guinea and the Australia–PNG relationship.

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  • Iraq and Islamic State: in conversation with Hayder al-Khoei

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/5/2018 12:45:00 PM3/5/2018 1:45:00 PM

    Now that Islamic State has been defeated militarily, what does the future hold for Iraq? Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute Anthony Bubalo will discuss these and other issues, inlcuding Iraq’s forthcoming elections and evolving relations with its neighbours, in conversation with Hayder al-Khoei.

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  • New Zealand in the Pacific: a complex strategic environment

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/1/2018 6:00:00 PM3/1/2018 7:00:00 PM

    New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rt Hon Winston Peters, will address his governments's plans to work with its Pacific partners to meet the many strategic and development challenges facing the region.

    New Zealand’s place is in the Pacific. Culturally, geographically, and politically, New Zealand is a Pacific Islands country. But the Pacific is an increasingly complex strategic environment, with a broad range of external factors affecting its present and future. 
     

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  • Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/1/2018 12:45:00 PM3/1/2018 1:45:00 PM

    Join Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and Aaron Connelly, Research Fellow for the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, to discuss Alyssa’s latest book, Our Time Has Come: How India Is Making Its Place in the World. Dr Ayres will discuss how a fiercely independent India pursues its place as a leading power, and how the United States should respond.

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  • Can Singapore’s global hub model still work?

    WHERE:   Clemenger BBDO Auditorium

    WHEN:   2/28/2018 6:15:00 PM2/28/2018 7:15:00 PM

    Over the past fifty years, Singapore has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries and a dynamic node in the world economy. A new Lowy Analysis Paper examines not only what has driven Singapore’s success in establishing itself as a competitive base of high-value manufacturing and other value-added services, but also how the country, amid regional and global challenges, must adapt its model so as to retain its position at the centre of flows of trade, investment, and people.

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  • The year ahead

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   2/1/2018 12:45:00 PM2/1/2018 1:45:00 PM

    The Lowy Institute’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove will chair a discussion examining the key issues likely to dominate the international agenda in 2018.

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