Lowy Institute

From the Lowy Institute Website:

The Lowy Institute is an Australian think tank with a global outlook. Our research interests are as broad as Australia’s interests, and we host distinguished speakers from around the globe on foreign policy, defence, politics, aid and development, journalism, sport, science and the arts.

As an Australian think tank, Asia touches everything the Lowy Institute does. Our research and events calendar have a special Asia-Pacific focus, and our experts produce commentary for the world’s leading news outlets on events in the region.

The Lowy Institute is at the centre of Australia’s foreign policy and national security debates. Every prime minister and foreign minister since 2003, when the Institute was founded, has spoken at the Lowy Institute. Our annual poll of Australian public opinion is cited around the world, our experts are sought out by the Australian media for commentary on breaking events, and our research – including our flagship Lowy Institute Papers, published by Penguin – helps set the national agenda.

The Lowy Institute aims to be a world-leading online think tank. Our digital magazine, The Interpreter, was the first of its kind among foreign-policy think tanks, and we publish groundbreaking interactive research such as the Global Diplomacy Index, the Asia Power Index, and the Lowy Institute Pacific Aid Map.

Among the many events we host, the annual Lowy Lecture is the Lowy Institute's signature event, at which a prominent individual reflects on Australia’s role in the world and the world’s influence on Australia. Past Lowy Lecturers have included Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; H.E. Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; General David Petraeus AO, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Rupert Murdoch AC, Executive Chairman of News Corp; Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times ; and Prime Minister John Howard OM AC, who delivered the inaugural Lowy Lecture in 2005.

Other Lowy Institute speakers of global stature include US Vice-President Joe Biden, Burmese Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and former US National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

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The Lowy Institute Pacific Aid Map

The Pacific Aid Map, developed by Australia's leading international affairs think tank the Lowy Institute, traces foreign assistance flows from all donors, new and old, to the Pacific Islands region.

The Pacific Aid Map was launched in Samoa in August alongside the Samoan Prime Minister and Australia’s Foreign Minister. The Pacific Aid Map has collected data on almost 13,000 projects in 14 countries, from 62 donors from 2011 onwards. This raw data has been made freely available on an interactive multifaceted platform, allowing users to examine and manipulate the information in a variety of ways. The interactive is a world first in terms of comprehensively drawing in data from all donors in a particular region. The dataset, made up of over 150,000 individual transactions, has also been made freely available for download to enable greater academic research on aid in the Pacific.  

The major goal of this analytical tool is to enhance aid effectiveness in the Pacific by improving coordination, alignment and accountability of foreign aid. It aims also to deepen the debate on foreign and development policy in the region.

You can view the Pacific Aid Map here.

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Policy and Research Papers

Marginalising Female Combatants after Conflict

Rarely in the scope of SSR do we address the shortcomings that prevail in westernised countries: This article by Australia's Lowy institute shows that prevailing attitudes around women's roles in the defence sector (internally and in wider society), continue to block translation of policy into practice when it comes to gender aspects of reform, both in Australia and further afield.

Research findings showed that arguments about a woman’s place and her skill-set, aptitude and interests are frequently used to justify women’s marginalisation in defence reform and post-reform defence structures. This is even though these arguments often lack substantive evidence or are challenged by reasoned debate.

To read the full Marginalising Female Combatants after Conflict  article, please follow the link.

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