• Foreign policy, defence and the federal election

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   4/30/2019 12:30:00 PM4/30/2019 1:45:00 PM

    This event will now be held on Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

     

    The economy, tax, debt and health are the issues that are most likely to dominate the federal election campaign. But there are other matters of importance to Australians that should be debated. Which party is best able to balance our delicate relationships with Washington and Beijing? Both parties have promised to give a higher priority to our relationships in the Pacific but whose plans are most likely to succeed? Both parties are committed to increasing defence spending but will this fall victim to the competition to cut income taxes and achieve sustainable budget surpluses? Will spending on foreign aid also be sacrificed because of budgetary pressures? What do the findings of the Lowy Institute Poll tell us about voters’ attitudes?

    Join us as distinguished Lowy Institute experts Alex Oliver, Richard McGregor, Annmaree O’Keeffe, and Sam Roggeveen discuss these and other important foreign policy and defence issues during the federal election campaign, moderated by Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove.

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  • Indonesia’s elections: The aftermath

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/2/2019 12:30:00 PM5/2/2019 1:45:00 PM

    On 17 April, Indonesians voted for their president and parliament in the world’s most complicated single-day election. Incumbent President Joko Widodo is predicted to be re-elected, according to unofficial vote tallies, although official results will not be released until mid-to-late May. Rival Prabowo Subianto has claimed victory, despite the polling evidence, and warned of irregularities in the election – taking a similar approach to 2014 when he lost to Jokowi, as the president is known.
     
    Will Prabowo’s stance deepen the social rifts that divided Indonesia during the long and bitter election campaign? Will Islamic identity politics become further embedded into the system? What can we expect from a second-term Jokowi, if he is indeed re-elected? 

    Join us for a panel discussion on the aftermath of the Indonesian election and Indonesia’s future trajectory on everything from the economy to foreign policy.
     
    The panel will feature:
    Michele Ford, Professor at the University of Sydney and Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre
    Melissa Crouch, Associate Professor at the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales
    Ben Bland, Director of the Southeast Asia Project, Lowy Institute

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  • How religious are jihadis? Australian terrorists’ views of the world

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/8/2019 5:45:00 PM5/8/2019 7:00:00 PM

    Since the start of the Syrian civil war, up to 200 Australians have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with jihadist groups, and dozens more have been charged with terrorism offences in Australia. The legal process against jihadists in Australia and those returning from overseas will continue for years to come. Foreign fighters claim that they simply provided humanitarian assistance or did not fight, and domestic terrorists often blame mental health issues for their acts. Yet little is known publicly about their true motivations, how they organised themselves, what role mental health has really played in their actions, how contrite they have been, and how likely they are to be rehabilitated.
     
    Research Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan has written widely on foreign fighters and has been an expert witness in more than two dozen terrorism cases in Australia. He will attempt to shed light on the often darkened world of the Australian jihadist, using their own words and those of the courts to try to explain the motivations and worldview of Australian terrorists.

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  • From coups to crises: where next for Thailand? (Sydney)

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/14/2019 12:30:00 PM5/14/2019 1:45:00 PM

    After a coup, a new constitution and a controversial election, Thailand’s political future remains as uncertain as ever. The general election in March, the first since the 2014 coup, was marred by allegations of irregularities and the election commission will not announce the final results until May. In the meantime, the commission has brought sedition charges against the leader of a pro-democracy party that did better than expected in the election.

    Thailand is stuck in a protracted seesaw between democracy and military rule. How will the final election results affect this balance? What role, if any, will King Vajiralongkorn play in determining Thailand’s future trajectory after his coronation in May? And how will the political impasse impact Thailand’s chairmanship of AEAN this year?

    Join leading Thai political scientist Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak and Director of Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Project Ben Bland for a discussion on what happens next in one of Southeast Asia’s most volatile nations.

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak is Director of the Institute of Security and International Studies and Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

    Thitinan’s visit to Australia is part of the ASEANAustralia Visiting Fellows Program at the Lowy Institute, which is supported by the Australian Government through the AustraliaASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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  • The global challenge of far-right extremism: What we’ve learned from Christchurch

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/15/2019 5:45:00 PM5/15/2019 7:00:00 PM

    The attacks on Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, in which 50 people lost their lives, represent the deadliest mass killing in New Zealand’s modern history and the worst terrorist attacks ever carried out by an Australian. The events of 15 March have already prompted large-scale gun reform in New Zealand as well as a Royal Commission into the attacks. More broadly, the attacks have prompted reflection on violent extremism in all its forms – including the kind perpetrated by the far right – and on the nature of far-right extremism as a global movement.

    Join us for a panel discussion in which we will look at what changes are required at the policy and law enforcement levels to reduce the risk of extremist attacks; whether the Christchurch attack is linked to other far-right and white supremacist movements around the world; the nature of reciprocal extremism and how jihadism and far-right extremism may amplify each other; how online environments contribute to radicalisation; and how the Australian far right fits into the global picture. 

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  • From coups to crises: where next for Thailand? Lowy Institute at NGV (Melbourne)

    WHERE:   National Gallery of Victoria

    WHEN:   5/16/2019 6:00:00 PM5/16/2019 7:15:00 PM

    After a coup, a new constitution and a controversial election, Thailand’s political future remains as uncertain as ever. The general election in March, the first since the 2014 coup, was marred by allegations of irregularities and the election commission will not announce the final results until May. In the meantime, the commission has brought sedition charges against the leader of a pro-democracy party that did better than expected in the election.

    Thailand is stuck in a protracted seesaw between democracy and military rule. How will the final election results affect this balance? What role, if any, will King Vajiralongkorn play in determining Thailand’s future trajectory after his coronation in May? And how will the political impasse impact Thailand’s chairmanship of AEAN this year?

    Join leading Thai political scientist Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak and Director of Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Project Ben Bland for a discussion on what happens next in one of Southeast Asia’s most volatile nations.
     

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  • Managing the next global economic crisis: New thinking in macroeconomics

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/22/2019 5:45:00 PM5/22/2019 7:00:00 PM

    More than a decade since the global financial crisis, economic thinking has continued to evolve, shaped by the harsh realities of recent experience. With global economic governance also under pressure and potentially fraying, the kind of cooperation needed to contain potential crises and sustain global economic prosperity is vastly more difficult and uncertain. What are the key lessons from the 2008 crisis and what does this mean for managing future economic crises?

    Join Lowy Institute International Economy Program Director Roland Rajah and Professor Maurice Obstfeld, former Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund and Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, for a discussion about the latest economic thinking on the future of the global economy and where policymaking is headed.

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  • The state strikes back: The end of economic reform in China?

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/23/2019 12:30:00 PM5/23/2019 1:45:00 PM

    China’s economic future is more uncertain than ever. Challenges have mounted on multiple fronts, including slowing growth, rising financial risks, and increasingly difficult external relations, not least with the United States.

    Join Lowy Institute International Economy Program Director Roland Rajah in conversation with one of the world’s foremost experts on the Chinese economy, Dr Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

    Dr Lardy will present the findings from his latest book, arguing that China’s future growth prospects could remain as bright as they were in the past, but are overshadowed by the spectre of resurgent state dominance.

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  • Aus-PNG Network social evening

    WHERE:   State Library of Victoria

    WHEN:   5/29/2019 6:00:00 PM5/29/2019 8:00:00 PM

    Join us at the State Library of Victoria for our Aus–PNG Network Melbourne social evening. We’re hosting a panel with three experienced Pacific journalists – Caroline Tiriman, Mary-Louise O’Callaghan and Catherine Graue – on the challenges and opportunities of covering news in Australia’s nearest neighbour. We’ll be talking about how technology is changing the way Papua New Guinea gets its news and how Australians can better engage with emerging issues in PNG. Join us afterwards for drinks and a bite to eat, and the opportunity to chat to our panellists. 

    The Aus–PNG Network is a Lowy Institute project aimed at strengthening people-to-people links between Australia and Papua New Guinea. We host professional workshops, public events and an annual Emerging Leaders Dialogue to connect the next generation of leaders in Australia and PNG. Find out more about our work at our website: auspng.lowyinstitute.org. The Lowy Institute acknowledges the ongoing support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Aus–PNG Network.

     

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  • Remaking the Middle East: One year on

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   5/30/2019 12:30:00 PM5/30/2019 1:45:00 PM

    In Remaking the Middle East, Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Anthony Bubalo argued that despite continuing turmoil in the region the future of the Middle East was not inevitably bleak. Amid the ferment the region has experienced over the past decade and a half he also pointed to ‘green shoots’ of change: from new forms of ‘uncivil’ society driving social and political change to ‘impious’ politics, making societies more tolerant and pluralist.
     
    But one year on, are these green shoots maturing into more sturdy features of the region? Or are they being killed and uprooted by the region’s revived authoritarianism? Join us as Lowy Institute Research Fellow Lydia Khalil discusses these and other questions with the author.

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  • Atrocities as the new normal

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   4/9/2019 12:30:00 PM4/9/2019 1:45:00 PM

    Following a succession of severe conflicts that have caused massive loss of life, dislocation and grave human rights violations, the task of the human rights movement today is a daunting one. Has the international community become resigned to irresolvable conflicts and human rights atrocities? Join Philippe Bolopion, Human Rights Watch’s Deputy Director for Global Advocacy, together with ABC foreign correspondent Sophie McNeill and human rights expert and legal advocate Chris Sidoti for a discussion about the challenges of working against atrocities in countries such as Syria, Yemen, and Myanmar, and how United Nations advocacy can be effective.
     
    The discussion will be moderated by Lowy Institute Director of Research, Alex Oliver.
     

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  • Washington’s China realignment: In-conversation with Laura Rosenberger

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   4/3/2019 12:30:00 PM4/3/2019 1:45:00 PM

    The relationship between Washington and Beijing is increasingly competitive. The economic interdependence that once underwrote the relationship now undermines it. The two militaries are testing the other’s resolve in the Pacific Ocean. A new “space race” in technology – 5G, artificial intelligence, and fintech – is fuelling mistrust. Why has Washington’s view of Beijing darkened? Is the US developing a coherent strategy on China? How is Beijing responding?
     
    Join Lowy Institute Senior Fellow Richard McGregor and Laura Rosenberger for a discussion on the state of relations between the two global superpowers.

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  • Indonesia’s elections: democracy on trial - Lowy Institute at NGV (Melbourne)

    WHERE:   Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter North Foyer via Arts Centre forecourt)

    WHEN:   3/28/2019 6:00:00 PM3/28/2019 7:15:00 PM

    Next month, 190 million Indonesians will vote for their president and parliament in one of the largest single-day elections the world has ever seen. Incumbent President Joko Widodo and rival Prabowo Subianto are facing off in a replay of the bitterly-fought 2014 campaign.

    Indonesia has become a vibrant and competitive democracy. But human rights activists are worried about the government’s use of legal tools against its opponents and the exploitation of heated religious rhetoric as a campaign tool. Meanwhile, vested interests in the armed forces, bureaucracy, and established political parties are stymying much-needed reforms.

    Join eminent Indonesian political expert Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, and Director of Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Project Ben Bland, for a discussion on the elections, the state of democracy in Indonesia, and the implications for Indonesia’s international relations.

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  • Former National Security Adviser to George W. Bush - Stephen J. Hadley

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/28/2019 5:45:00 PM3/28/2019 7:00:00 PM

    Please join Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove for a conversation about global issues with Stephen J. Hadley, former National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush.

    Stephen Hadley is one of the most respected foreign policy makers in Washington, DC. He served for four years as the Assistant to President George W. Bush for National Security Affairs from 2005 to 2009. From 2001 to 2005, Mr Hadley was the Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser, serving under then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. Mr Hadley had previously served on the National Security Council staff and in the Defense Department including as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. Mr Hadley now serves as a Principal at RiceHadleyGates LLC and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace.

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  • Indonesia’s elections: democracy on trial - Lowy Institute at NGA (Canberra)

    WHERE:   James O Fairfax Theatre

    WHEN:   3/27/2019 6:00:00 PM3/27/2019 7:15:00 PM

    Next month, 190 million Indonesians will vote for their president and parliament in one of the largest single-day elections the world has ever seen. Incumbent President Joko Widodo and rival Prabowo Subianto are facing off in a replay of the bitterly-fought 2014 campaign.

    Indonesia has become a vibrant and competitive democracy. But human rights activists are worried about the government’s use of legal tools against its opponents and the exploitation of heated religious rhetoric as a campaign tool. Meanwhile, vested interests in the armed forces, bureaucracy, and established political parties are stymying much-needed reforms.

    Join eminent Indonesian political expert Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, and Director of Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Project Ben Bland, for a discussion on the elections, the state of democracy in Indonesia, and the implications for Indonesia’s international relations.
     

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  • Offensive cyber and the people who do it: an address by ASD Director-General, Mike Burgess

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/27/2019 12:30:00 PM3/27/2019 1:45:00 PM

    The Lowy Institute is pleased to host Mr Mike Burgess, director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), for an address on ASD’s offensive cyber capabilities.
     
    Mr Burgess has served as the head of ASD since 4 January 2018, becoming the first director-general of ASD on 1 July 2018. He has worked as an intelligence official, consultant, and private-sector chief information security officer. He has served on the Federal Government’s naval shipbuilding advisory board, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network board, and as a non-executive director of SC8 Limited. Mr Burgess holds a degree in electronics engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology.

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  • Indonesia’s elections: democracy on trial

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/26/2019 12:30:00 PM3/26/2019 1:45:00 PM

    Next month, 190 million Indonesians will vote for their president and parliament in one of the largest single-day elections the world has ever seen. Incumbent President Joko Widodo and rival Prabowo Subianto are facing off in a replay of the bitterly-fought 2014 campaign.

    Indonesia has become a vibrant and competitive democracy. But human rights activists are worried about the government’s use of legal tools against its opponents and the exploitation of heated religious rhetoric as a campaign tool. Meanwhile, vested interests in the armed forces, bureaucracy, and established political parties are stymying much-needed reforms.

    Join eminent Indonesian political expert Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, and Director of Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Project Ben Bland, for a discussion on the elections, the state of democracy in Indonesia, and the implications for Indonesia’s international relations.
     

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  • Aus-PNG Network – Social Evening

    WHERE:   Lowy institute

    WHEN:   3/25/2019 5:15:00 PM3/25/2019 7:30:00 PM

    Please join us at the Lowy Institute in Sydney for the first Aus-PNG Network social evening of the year. We are pleased to be hosting a delegation of women leaders from PNG for a roundtable discussion on politics and current issues. This is a great chance to make connections with people who have an interest in the Australia-PNG relationship. Join us afterwards for drinks and a bite to eat, and the opportunity to meet and hear from members of the delegation.

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  • Environmental peacemaking in the Middle East

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/21/2019 12:30:00 PM3/21/2019 1:45:00 PM

    The implications for national security are often overlooked in discussions on climate change. In the Middle East, however, regional cooperation is vital when responding to the declining availability of water and periods of prolonged drought. How do you foster cooperation in a troubled region?

    Gidon Bromberg is co-founder of EcoPeace Middle East, an organisation which brings together Jordanians, Palestinians, and Israelis to advance sustainable and peaceful regional development, including in an ambitious project for the Jordan Valley. Mr Bromberg has written extensively on the relationship between water, peace, and security in the Middle East, and has presented to United Nations forums, the US Congress, and the European Parliament.

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  • Gareth Evans and Michael Kirby on Australia and nuclear non-proliferation

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/15/2019 12:30:00 PM3/15/2019 1:45:00 PM

    The nuclear non-proliferation regime is under threat. Disarmament has stalled. Challenges from Moscow, Pyongyang, and Washington are mounting. Deteriorating trust between nuclear states threatens the emergence of a new arms race.

    What does this mean for Australia? What role should we play in the global effort against nuclear proliferation? Should we sign the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty? And how does our nuclear stance affect our alliance with the United States?
     
    Join former foreign minister the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC and former chairman of the UN Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG for a discussion on Australia’s nuclear weapons policy.

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  • Australia’s international cyber strategy

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/11/2019 12:30:00 PM3/11/2019 1:45:00 PM

    Cyber issues are increasingly important — to governments, to businesses, to organisations and to individuals. Cyber affairs also play a significant role in Australia’s relations with other countries. In 2017 the Australian Government adopted the International Cyber Engagement Strategy to advance and protect Australia’s national security and national interests in cyberspace and to work with partners in the Indo-Pacific to improve cyber security and connectivity.
     
    The Lowy Institute is pleased to host the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Dr Tobias Feakin, for a discussion of these issues. The discussion will be chaired by the Lowy Institute’s Executive Director, Dr Michael Fullilove.

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  • Women in the era of strongmen

    WHERE:   Telstra Customer Insight Centre

    WHEN:   3/7/2019 5:45:00 PM3/7/2019 8:00:00 PM

    Today is the era of the “strongman”, as a new wave of authoritarianism spreads across the globe. In countries as diverse as Russia, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Poland, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines, macho leadership reigns. Even in contemporary western democracies such as the United States, the ranks of authoritarian populists have swelled.  

    Aside from the grand displays of force, clampdown on minority rights and gagging of the press which typically characterise authoritarian regimes, another striking feature is the limits they impose on the freedoms and power of women.
     
    To mark International Women’s Day in 2019, the Lowy Institute in partnership with Telstra will host a special event on the impact of authoritarian regimes on women.

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  • Britain's Brexit confusion

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   3/6/2019 12:30:00 PM3/6/2019 1:45:00 PM

    The United Kingdom faces a fast-approaching but possibly flexible deadline to leave the European Union on 29 March. What are the underlying reasons for the UK’s ambivalence about Europe? Why are both the main political parties split on this subject? Can Prime Minister Theresa May secure a deal acceptable to both Brussels and Westminster? Could there be a second referendum? What will other countries learn from this extraordinary period of British and European political history?

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  • Lowy Institute Paper Launch: America vs the West: Can the liberal world order be preserved?

    WHERE:   James O Fairfax Theatre

    WHEN:   3/5/2019 6:00:00 PM3/5/2019 7:30:00 PM

    President Trump has burned like a wildfire through the goodwill accrued by the United States in its 70 years of being the leader of the free world. Can Western nations preserve the liberal world order against rising authoritarian powers? Or is the liberal order doomed to fail?

    Join us in conversation with Dr Kori Schake, author of the latest Lowy Institute Paper published by Penguin Random House Australia, America vs the West. Schake, one of America’s most respected foreign policy practitioners, argues that the success of the liberal order is not preordained. It will have to be fought for, compromised for, and rejuvenated. Whether it can be done without American leadership will depend on the strengths of the major challengers — Russia and China — but above all on whether the West’s middle powers are prepared to band together.

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  • Syria in 2019

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   2/25/2019 12:30:00 PM2/25/2019 1:45:00 PM

    The recent decision by United States President Trump to withdraw US forces from Syria has again focused attention on the ongoing Syrian civil war. The move has been heavily criticised by many in and outside the US, although others have questioned what purpose the forces were serving inside Syria on an ill-defined mission. 

    Join Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Anthony Bubalo for a panel discussion with Dr Rodger Shanahan, Research Fellow in the West Asia Program, and Lauren Williams, journalist, researcher, and analyst specialising in Syria and the Levant. The panel will analyse the possible ramifications of the withdrawal and examine the military and political situation in Syria and the challenges of reconstructing the war-torn country.
     

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  • The Interpreter 2019 World Politics Trivia Challenge

    WHERE:   Gandel Hall

    WHEN:   2/20/2019 6:45:00 PM2/20/2019 9:30:00 PM

    The Interpreter is pleased to invite you to the 2019 World Politics Trivia Challenge on Wednesday, 20 February.

    This is a fun night that brings together Canberra’s public servants, diplomats, students, academics and journalists where emcee Chris Uhlmann tests who is the biggest foreign policy wonk.

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  • The year ahead: Lowy Institute at NGV (Melbourne)

    WHERE:   Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter North Foyer via Arts Centre forecourt)

    WHEN:   2/12/2019 6:15:00 PM2/12/2019 7:15:00 PM

    The Lowy Institute invites you to this popular annual panel discussion with Institute experts on the key issues likely to dominate the international agenda in 2019. 

    Director of Research Alex Oliver will chair an expert panel including Daniel Flitton, Managing Editor of The Interpreter, Lydia Khalil, Research Fellow in the West Asia Program, and Senior Fellow Dr John Edwards.

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  • The year ahead (Sydney)

    WHERE:   Lowy Institute

    WHEN:   2/5/2019 12:45:00 PM2/5/2019 1:45:00 PM

    The Lowy Institute invites you to this popular annual panel discussion with Institute experts on the key issues likely to dominate the international agenda in 2019. 

    Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove will chair the discussion in Sydney. Joining Michael will be Director of Research Alex Oliver, Senior Fellow Richard McGregor, and Director of the International Economy Program, Roland Rajah. 

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