• Can 2021 still be Australia’s year of Southeast Asia?

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      February 22, 2021

    With multiple initiatives set to launch, 2021 was supposed to be the year Australia pivoted to Southeast Asia. Recent events in Myanmar will make this more challenging, but the underlying reasons for investing in Southeast Asia remain.

  • Prospects for an Australia–India trade deal

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      January 27, 2021

    China’s economic bullying of Australia is turning the eyes of exporters and trade negotiators to another Asian economic superpower – India.

  • Plays well with others

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      August 26, 2020

    Like all countries, Australia doesn’t always live up to its highest ideals. But our sportspeople can help us strive to be our best – and show the better face of Australia to the world.

  • Diplomacy at a distance

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      August 10, 2020

    Australia’s diplomats are doing important work during the COVID-19 pandemic in the face of department cuts, as they help to ensure the safety and security of many Australians.

  • Is Australia doing enough to support the Pacific?

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      June 26, 2020

    The health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are being felt by our Pacific neighbours, and it’s in Australia interests to help.

  • Australia’s diplomatic deficit

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      November 10, 2019

    Australia is spending less on diplomacy than ever before – and the nation’s influence abroad is suffering as a result.

  • DFAT’s budget squeeze damages Australian interests

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      October 21, 2019

    Diplomacy could help to create a more favourable world for Australia’s interests, but cuts to DFAT’s budget are hampering its reach at a time when it’s needed more than ever.

  • Understanding China’s view of international order

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      October 13, 2019

    Whether you agree with any part of China’s perspective or not, it’s worth understanding how China’s foreign policy elite see regional and global power issues and the place of China on the world stage.

  • 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.