Buried under the din of the changing electoral climate, India took an important step in its fight against climate change this summer. The 'Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth' submitted a report laying out the roadmap for India to take on climate change proactively. Given the renewed interest in the so-called "environment vs growth" debate, this is of particular significance.

Jun 30, 2014
Varad Pande
South Asia, India
India

In Still Ours to Lead: America, Rising Powers, and the Tension Between Rivalry and Restraint, Brookings Senior Fellow and my CIC colleague Bruce Jones sets out a compelling analysis of the present global power structure.

Jun 19, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited New York this week and, as leaders have to do when in the Big Apple, got together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the state of the world. The meeting may focus some attention on Australia's two-year tenure as a member of the UN Security Council, which has otherwise only garnered sporadic domestic interest. At the start of this year the Lowy Institute asked me to assess Australia's performance in the Council to date. How has it done?

Jun 13, 2014
Richard Gowan
South Asia

WPS Sidhu, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Bruce Jones and 19 other scholars, have put together a compelling document that lays thread bare the searching questions of policy makers in New Delhi.

Jun 12, 2014
WPS Sidhu, Bruce Jones
South Asia, India

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Richard Gowan reviews Australia’s time as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. Gowan argues that while it has not changed the world, Australia has acquitted itself well, bringing extra rigour and professionalism to the Council’s debates. It has carved out a niche on the issue of humanitarian access in the Syrian conflict, and solidified its reputation as a good international citizen and a serious country.

Jun 12, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, South Asia

The Lowy Institute today publishes a review of Australia’s “turbulent term” on the UN Security Council.

Jun 12, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, South Asia
United Nations

Eighteen months into their two-year term on the Security Council, Australia’s diplomats at the UN have become masters of crisis management. For more than a year they have played a major role in talks on humanitarian aid to Syria, forging a fragile consensus with Russia and China on the need to assist the suffering.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article Australia's battle at the UN

Jun 10, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Syria, South Asia
United Nations

Dear Prime Minister,

“Now would be a good time to review and overhaul your UN policies – if only to make space for more pressing priorities.”

Read the full Memo to to the Prime Minister in Pragati

May 09, 2014
Richard Gowan
Pakistan, Insecure Lives, Untold Stories, David Steven

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 I’m currently in Lahore launching the third report from Pakistan’s Next Generation Task Force. I serve as director of research for the Next Generation Task Force, which acts as an advisory board and a group that seeks to bring the perspectives of young people to policy debates in Pakistan.

May 08, 2014
David Steven
South Asia, Pakistan

As Peter Jennings observed in a recent post, the Quadrennial Defense Review makes for sobering reading for Americans and allies alike. With its troop and cost reductions and emphasis on modernisation yet discussion of heightened risk, this QDR says as much about the fiscal environment as it does about the strategic environment.

Read the full Australian Strategic Policy Institute  article Congress and the US Defense Budget

Mar 18, 2014
South Asia
South Asia