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 Raghuram Rajan
Lowy Institute conversation with one of the world’s most respected economists, Professor Raghuram Rajan. In 2005, Professor Rajan presciently warned of the risks to financial stability that lay ahead. What are those risks today? What should we make of the dramatic shift in favour of fiscal activism in advanced economies? Is Big Tech helping or hindering innovation? What is the place of social institutions in the economy? And how can India emerge from its Covid-19 crisis?
Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School. He was the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 2013 to 2016. From 2003 to 2006, he was chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of several best-selling books, including Fault lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy and The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Hold the Community Behind.
Lowy Institute Conversations: Elizabeth Becker on women and war reporting in Vietnam
In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, Ben Bland, the Director of the Institute’s Southeast Asia Program, sits down with author Elizabeth Becker to talk about the pioneering – but often overlooked – contributions of women war correspondents in Vietnam and beyond.
Elizabeth Becker is a veteran foreign correspondent who has worked for the Washington Post, the New York Times and National Public Radio, reporting from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. After covering the war in Cambodia in the 1970s, she wrote an award-winning history of the rise of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. Elizabeth’s new book, You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War, explores how three intrepid journalists – Frances FitzGerald, Catherine Leroy and Kate Webb – changed the way the Vietnam War was seen and understood.
The Director’s Chair: Admiral Harry Harris on his life and career, the United States and China
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Admiral Harry Harris, the former US commander and diplomat. Harry served as the Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, and as President Trump’s Ambassador to South Korea.
Harry discusses his military career, which took in postings from Guantanamo Bay to INDOPACOM headquarters in Honolulu, when he led nearly 400,000 military personnel. They also discuss his time as a diplomat, when he grappled with issues including Black Lives Matter and President Trump’s attempts to cut a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Harry recounts his ‘Sliding Doors’ moment, when he was meant to serve as Ambassador to Australia.
Malcolm Turnbull launches 'Red Zone: China’s Challenge and Australia’s Future' by Peter Hartcher
At the Lowy Institute's headquarters at 31 Bligh Street, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched a new book, 'Red Zone: China’s Challenge and Australia’s Future' by Nonresident Fellow Peter Hartcher.
Hartcher’s new book explores China’s intentions in relation to Australia, and what lies behind the recent chill between the two countries. The launch event included remarks by Turnbull and Hartcher as well as a Q&A hosted by Research Director Alex Oliver.
This event was recorded on 31 May 2021.
Linda Jaivin on her new book, The Shortest History of China
In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, Richard McGregor, Lowy Institute Senior Fellow, sits down with Linda Jaivin to discuss her new book, The Shortest History of China.
Linda Jaivin is a journalist, writer and translator who has been studying Chinese politics, language and culture for more than 40 years. She is based in Sydney.
Conversations is a Lowy Institute podcast in which Institute researchers and some of the world's leading experts delve into the big issues in international affairs.
‘Infodemic’ - Social Media Misinformation and Covid-19 in Papua New Guinea | Aus-PNG Network
Covid-19 remains a significant challenge for Papua New Guinea. While case numbers appear to have stabilised after a big surge earlier this year, the virus continues to spread and put further strain on already-stretched healthcare resources. Much needed vaccines have arrived and a national rollout strategy has begun. But vaccine hesitancy is a huge concern – with frontline health workers among those reluctant to accept the vaccine. A major factor appears to be online misinformation – with conspiracy theories and fake news proliferating, and adding to the burden for those trying to reduce the pandemic’s impact.
In this online event, the panellists discuss the challenges of Covid-19 and social media misinformation in Papua New Guinea. Researchers at the ABC Media Development Initiative outline their latest data tracking the spread of online misinformation, and panellists to discuss the impact it has on health outcomes, and the broader community.
This event was hosted by Shane McLeod, a Research Fellow working with the Lowy Institute’s Australia-PNG Network, at 1pm AEST on Wednesday 19 May 2021.
Joys Eggins is the Research Coordinator with the ABC Media Development Initiative based in Port Moresby. Joys has been involved in a number of research projects in PNG and the Pacific, her personal project on youth narratives on HIV/AIDS through use of film employed a communication for social change approach. She is a founding member of the Centre for Social and Creative Media, working as a Lecturer Research and Production at the Centre. Joys is currently focused on strategic alignment, research, monitoring and evaluation support on voice and accountability initiatives with mainstream media in Papua New Guinea, as well as creative communication approaches around good governance. She holds an MA from the University of Goroka.
Dr Prashanth Pillay manages monitoring and evaluation and research at ABC International Development. He has published in the fields of political science and media and communication. His area of research expertise lies in digital media studies, international development and developing digital methodologies for social media analysis. He has a PhD in youth political communication from Monash University, where he also worked as a researcher and lecturer. He has previously run an award-winning technology start-up on web publishing and design in Singapore.
Belinda Kora is the Secretary of the Media Council of PNG. She is one of the country’s best-known journalists, having worked in the industry for nearly 20 years. Her voice is familiar to radio listeners as a newsreader on PNG-FM where she rose to become News Director. She later worked in similar roles at FM100 and at PNG-TV. Belinda completed her undergraduate studies at Divine Word University in Madang.
Dr Gary Nou is a senior doctor and the Provincial Liaison and EMT lead with the Papua New Guinea National Control Centre for Covid-19. He was previously the Incident Manager for Port Moresby with the NCC. Dr Nou is an emergency physician at the Gerehu Hospital in Port Moresby and is also president of the Papua New Guinea Society for Emergency Medicine.
Topical but poor audio
Generally very informative the downside being the poor audio quality.
Greetings from Trumpland - book by Zoe Daniels
Excellent interview by Lowy Institute Research Fellow Lydia Khalil with Zoe Daniel on her new book, Greetings from Trumpland. The power of Demagogues, decline in institutions and the motivations of the voter. Fabulous interview.
Great guests, rubbish host.
Such potential here. Interesting topics from fascinating guests, yet Fullilove’s obsession with reminding us he is a creature of the Canberra bubble with his relentless Trump bashing is so dull and pathetic.
He takes every opportunity to steer the conversation towards Trump and then serves up a dose of elitist, beltway garbage.
With a better host this would be a 5 star review.