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2012-09-11 22:20:08

SYDNEY, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Research into the use of private military security companies in the Indian Ocean has found the fight against Somali-based pirates has become a private battle as global defence cuts reduce naval counter-piracy deployments. The report, 'Pirates and Privateers: Managing the Indian Ocean's Private Security Boom' ( http://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/pirates-and-privateers-managing-indian-oceans-private-security-boom ) sheds new light on the serious...

2012-03-26 14:21:05

SYDNEY, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report published by Australia's leading think-tank, the Lowy Institute for International Policy, has revealed the rapid growth of ediplomacy at the US State Department. Over 150 people are now employed in 25 different ediplomacy nodes at State Department Headquarters and more than 900 officers use it to some extent at US missions abroad. "State created the first office of ediplomacy a decade ago and ever since has been extending its technological...

2011-11-15 07:08:00

SYDNEY, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's public support for safeguarded uranium exports to India is 'welcome and overdue', says senior Lowy Institute researcher Rory Medcalf, a longstanding advocate of improved Australia-India relations. "It is high time the Australian Labor Party developed a contemporary policy on allowing safeguarded uranium exports to help India produce much-needed electricity," Mr. Medcalf said today (15 November). "With...

2011-07-21 21:09:00

SYDNEY, July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Imminent meetings of Asian security forums in Bali will be a 'critical test' of the region's ability to manage tensions in the South China Sea, according to a Lowy Institute strategic analyst. Rory Medcalf, the Director of the Institute's International Security Program, warned that a failure by foreign ministers to discuss openly the region's maritime security problems would marginalise the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). Silence on these issues would...

2011-06-27 03:38:00

SYDNEY, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Risks are growing that maritime incidents involving China could lead to war: this is a stark conclusion of a major new report from Australian think tank the Lowy Institute. The report warns that risk-taking behaviour by Chinese naval and auxiliary forces, combined with Asia's lack of 'confidence-building measures', adds up to real possibilities of diplomatic crisis and armed confrontation drawing in the United States and other powers. The trouble is...

2009-12-01 05:30:00

SYDNEY, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Of five countries, the United States is seen by the Chinese public as posing the greatest threat to China's security. But the Chinese population worries more about climate change and food and water security than traditional military threats, the Lowy Institute China Poll released today has found. "In the lead-up to Copenhagen, it is striking that more Chinese people worry about environmental threats than the possibility of the United States trying to restrain...