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The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. The Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on foreign policy trends shaping Australia and the world. On Soundcloud we host podcasts from our events with high-level guest speakers as well as our own experts. Essential listening for anyone seeking to better understand foreign policy challenges!

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The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. The Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on foreign policy trends shaping Australia and the world. On Soundcloud we host podcasts from our events with high-level guest speakers as well as our own experts. Essential listening for anyone seeking to better understand foreign policy challenges!

    In conversation with UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash

    In conversation with UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash

    On Thursday 6 August, Dr Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, joined Dr Rodger Shanahan, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, for an in conversation event.

    The United Arab Emirates has built an increasingly high profile in regional affairs in recent years. Long known for its resource riches and welcoming attitude towards Western expatriates, it has developed and diversified its domestic economy at great speed, and deployed its armed forces on operations in Afghanistan, Yemen and in support of the anti–Islamic State coalition. It also has strong links with Australia, hosting the largest overseas concentration of ADF assets, as well as nearly 20,000 Australian expats, three Australian universities and two Australian international high schools. It is Australia’s main trading partner in the Middle East; more than 300 Australian companies operate there, and the UAE invests more than $11 billion in Australia.

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    The Director's Chair: Fiona Hill reflects on her journey from Bishop Auckland to the White House

    The Director's Chair: Fiona Hill reflects on her journey from Bishop Auckland to the White House

    In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Brookings Institution scholar, and former Russia adviser to President Donald Trump, Dr Fiona Hill.

    Fiona is one of the world’s leading Russia experts. She has worked in the US government under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and then served for two years in the Trump Administration. At the end of 2019, Fiona became world-famous following her testimony in the impeachment hearings into Donald Trump’s presidency.

    Michael and Fiona reflect on Fiona's journey from County Durham in northern England to the corridors of the White House in Washington DC, and discuss the British class system, the US foreign policy establishment, American partisan politics, US-Russia relations, and Donald Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin.

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    COVIDcast: Looking at China from the grassroots, with Dexter Roberts

    COVIDcast: Looking at China from the grassroots, with Dexter Roberts

    COVIDcast is a Lowy Institute pop-up podcast for anyone interested in understanding the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on global politics. In each episode, Lowy Institute experts and invited guests discuss the implications of this crisis for the world.

    In this episode of COVIDcast, Lowy Institute senior fellow Richard McGregor sat down with Dexter Roberts to discuss his new book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, The Factory and the Future of the World. Roberts was based in China for more than two decades reporting for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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    Panel discussion: What next in the PNG-Australia relationship?

    Panel discussion: What next in the PNG-Australia relationship?

    On Wednesday 15 July, Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Annmaree O’Keeffe hosted a discussion with former Papua New Guinea High Commissioner to Australia Sir Charles Lepani and former Australian High Commissioner to PNG Ian Kemish.

    This discussion considers what happens next: when relations can return to normal, what will have changed in the PNG-Australia relationship? What should be the priorities for two countries that share geography, history and economic interests?

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    In conversation: Jeffrey Goldberg on America’s presidential election and the coronavirus pandemic

    In conversation: Jeffrey Goldberg on America’s presidential election and the coronavirus pandemic

    On Wednesday 22 July, the Lowy Institute’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove hosted an in conversation event via live video stream with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic.

    They addressed topics such as; the extraordinary presidential election year, the global implications of the coronavirus pandemic, and America’s looming cold war with China.

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    The Director's Chair: Peter Varghese reflects on an international life and career

    The Director's Chair: Peter Varghese reflects on an international life and career

    In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with diplomat, foreign policy intellectual and now Chancellor of the University of Queensland, Peter Varghese.

    Peter had a distinguished career in the Australian public service over nearly four decades, representing our country abroad, running the foreign ministry and our key intelligence assessments agency and advising a prime minister. He is a rare beast: in addition to being a highly effective bureaucrat, Peter is an original thinker and an elegant writer.

    Peter and Michael speak about the history and reality of race relations in Australia and growing up in the suburbs of Brisbane in the 1960s; Peter's time spent working with John Howard and the controversial foreign policy decision to participate in the US-led invasion of Iraq; his time as High Commissioner in New Delhi and his thoughts on the Australia-India bilateral relationship; the future of Australia's relationship with China; and American politics.

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Hackery

What rubbish. Fullilove has led this institute into echo-chambering hackery. For instance: COVIDcast 8: Covid & the WHO. The interviewer asks 'what are the issues?', to which the interviewee provides the conclusion 'it's Trump's fault, he's scapegoating'. No challenge follows, just a move to detailing the consequences of Trump's fault. Only much later is there some tangential deliberation, to the effect of; 'it's unfortunate that politics have interferred with Taiwan's participation'. No similar stridency to that reserved for the US - no straightforward 'China was wrong in 2016 to exclude Taiwan from observer status with the WHO'. Just euphemisms and apologies from this interview, with one rule for China and a different rule for the US, because, of course, the WHO can't decline to propagandise on behalf of China (or, perish the thought, offend China) or they'll be nasty.
I don't need Lowy to tell me how odious is Trump, but if you wish to say so, apply the same standards to all, because it's not as though Xi isn't odious in his own way also.
As for Fullilove's comments in recent podcasts about a diminished perspective of the US should they re-elect Trump, why not apply some scrutiny into why so many Americans would prefer Trump - for all his manifest limitations and utterly wretched character - over the alternatives. And, no, you won't further such scrutiny through interviewing the New York Times and The New Yorker.

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