The Institute is non-partisan and is home to a range
of policy ideas. Its staff and Fellows speak with
individual voices. Its objective is to generate new
ideas and dialogue on international developments and
Australia’s role in the world. Its mandate is broad.
It ranges across all the dimensions of international
policy debate in Australia - economic, political and
strategic – and it is not limited to a particular
geographic region. The Institute draws on the
insights and experience of policy practitioners,
academic experts and business people. It also seeks
to bring new voices and external viewpoints into the
Australian debate, for example through an active
program of internships for young people and the
involvement of members of the Australian Diaspora.
The Lowy Institute is a think tank in international
public policy. Its purpose, therefore, is applied
research. We carry four varieties of papers
published by the Lowy Institute:
Papers are the flagship publications of the
Institute. These are monograph length,
policy-oriented papers on international policy
issues containing extensive original research. They
are peer-reviewed and closely edited.
are designed to address a particular, current policy
issue and to suggest solutions. They are
deliberately prescriptive, specifically addressing
two questions: What is the problem? What should be
Analysis address broader or longer term issues
facing Australia or the international community.
They are designed to deepen the understanding of the
public and the policy community about important
Perspectives are occasional papers, essays or speeches
on international events and policy which make a
useful contribution to deepening the debate about
international policy. They are more discursive and
personal than the other publications.
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