• A stormy year ahead for Australian foreign policy

    Susan Harris Rimmer     |      January 6, 2019

    By the end of 2019 we should be able to judge the relative success or failure of the grand plan laid out in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. The implementation of strategy requires skill and leadership and Federal ministers will need all three in 2019 as a volatile year lies ahead.

  • The dangerous allure of the Augustinian strongman

    Frederik Vervaet     |      January 5, 2019

    The Roman emperor Augustus is held up by some as a statesman who brought peace, and as a potential model for the future. But what was the cost of Augustus’ peace, and how relevant is his model today?

  • GAP in 2018 – A year in review

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      December 18, 2018

    Open Forum is owned and operated by the Sydney-based policy institute Global Access Partners, and its co-founder and managing director, Catherine Fritz-Kalish, looks back at another year filled with achievement for the company.

  • Rethinking think tanks and diplomacy

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      December 17, 2018

    Policy institutes and think thanks are increasingly performing diplomatic functions which were traditionally the sole preserve of government officials around the world.

  • Will the new CIC reduce government corruption?

    Yee-Fui Ng     |      December 15, 2018

    The Federal Government has finally announced steps to tackle corruption in its midst, however, while the model proposed is an improvement on the piecemeal status quo, it may not go far enough to be effective.

  • Hatred is no substitute for strategy

    Susan Rhodes     |      December 15, 2018

    Controversial political leaders such as US President Donald Trump stir up strong feelings in their opponents, but a calm and rational approach to political debate, rather than a surfeit of passion, is the best way to strengthen the democratic process.

  • George H.W. Bush deserves his glowing tributes

    Tom Switzer     |      December 4, 2018

    Americans today could do worse than heed the 41st President’s counsel about the importance of allies, the danger of hubris, illusions of omnipotence, and the wisdom of limits, restraint and modesty in a messy and pluralistic world.

  • Introducing integrated e-government in Australia

    Fergus Hanson     |      December 2, 2018

    Launching a national effort to integrate service delivery across all three tiers of government would be a political challenge but it would deliver benefits for every Australian.

  • The great wall of silence: Australia’s failure to talk about China

    Danielle Cave     |      November 30, 2018

    Australia’s silence on the attribution of cyber-attacks and intellectual property theft by China is part of a broader silence which does nothing to serve Australia’s national interest.

  • Restoring trust in governments and institutions

    Grant Duncan     |      November 12, 2018

    The difficult task of restoring political trust will require leaders to reflect on their own behaviour and then working for significant reforms to social and economic policies and electoral systems in the public’s interest, rather than their own.

  • Tinkering can achieve a lot. Politics isn’t broken

    Emily Millane     |      November 7, 2018

    Today’s politicians are often criticised for failing to deliver the bold, sweeping reforms of their predecessors, but in reality much of the progress in our political and social systems comes through gradual and incremental change.

  • Penny Wong on courage and political change

    Shaun Carney     |      November 4, 2018

    The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership aims to recognise political leaders who’ve driven positive change and Labor senator Penny Wong hopes it will help politics reconnect with a disgruntled electorate.