The Lowy Institute is, first and foremost, a research institution. We publish research that is accessible to policy-makers and non-specialist readers. Often this will mean writing succinct, pithy analyses for readers who are short of time. But the biggest issues require deeper exploration: this is where the Lowy Institute Papers come in.

Since our establishment eleven years ago, the Institute has published over thirty of these monographs. Past Lowy Institute Papers have addressed topics such as the rise of India as a economic power, the growing role of diasporas in the world, the relationship between climate change and security, and Islamism in Southeast Asia.

Today we embark on an exciting new phase of the Lowy Institute Paper series with the launch of our newest Paper, Beyond the Boom, by John Edwards. Dr Edwards takes a provocative look at the mining boom and asks whether it really is over – and how much it has actually contributed to Australia's prosperity.

The Lowy Institute Papers will henceforth be published in conjunction with Penguin Australia, to ensure the widest possible readership. Each Paper will make a lively and engaging argument about the biggest international issues facing Australia. They are handsome little volumes, featuring the Institute's livery and branding, and they sit easily in the hand. Lowy Institute Papers will be available in for purchase in good bookstores and online and as e-books.

In a new feature, each Paper will be accompanied by a debate on The Interpreter so that we can continue the conversation with our readers. John Edwards will kick off the debate today with a short summary of his key arguments. Over coming days some of Australia's best economic minds will respond.