• Pacific islands bask in the global spotlight

    Michael O'Keefe     |      July 12, 2022

    Alarmed by China’s rise, traditional powers are now stepping up their engagement with the Pacific region to actively compete with China.

  • When girls run the world

    Isabella Keith     |      March 14, 2022

    The Girls Run The World program facilitates young women completing placements in diplomatic missions across Canberra and looks to address the critical underrepresentation of women in diplomacy.

  • The power of Indigenous diplomacy

    Anastasia Kapetas     |      November 23, 2021

    Australia’s Indigenous nations have their own traditions of relationship-building and diplomacy which could help strengthen our ties with the Pacific.

  • The Australia–Thailand strategic partnership

    John Blaxland     |      January 31, 2021

    The Australia–Thailand strategic partnership builds on shared history, common geography, overlapping interests and mutual strategic concerns.

  • Increasing Australia’s investment in diplomacy

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 21, 2020

    Australia is underinvesting in diplomacy given the type of world we are living in. But it’s wrongheaded to blame MPs and ministers for not simply understanding the intrinsic value of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and giving it more money.

  • 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.

  • The illusion of a ‘middle power moment’

    Andrew Carr     |      May 21, 2020

    Middle ranking powers such as Australia are finding themselves squeezed by increasing tension between the super powers, and may be forced to choose pragmatism over idealism as a result.

  • The nine lives of an Australian diplomat

    Geoffrey Miller     |      February 3, 2020

    Richard Gate’s memoirs are a fascinating overview of his overseas postings. From his upbringing to his posting in post-war South Korea, this book is a realistic portrayal of diplomacy and foreign policy.

  • Australian diplomacy goes digital

    Dave Sharma     |      April 21, 2019

    DFAT needs to adopt some of the nimbleness and agility of the tech world in how it conducts Australia’s external policy. Failure to do so means the field is left to others.

  • What to expect from the U.N. General Assembly

    Richard Gowan     |      September 25, 2018

    Donald Trump’s words on Iran and North Korea stole the show during last year’s UNGA. In this year’s agenda, is constructive diplomacy possible?