• Hostage diplomacy

    Justin Bassi     |      February 10, 2024

    It’s time for Beijing to stop assuming it can worry Australia, and start worrying about what Australia might do. We can start by fighting for justice for Yang Hengjun and defend our democratic sovereignty.

  • In the house of pooh bear

    Justin Bassi     |      November 5, 2023

    Tensions appear to be easing between Australia and China, but the Prime Minister must remember that pulling punches on international security in the hope of frictionless diplomacy and short-term economic gain only teaches authoritarian states that aggression and coercion are effective.

  • Diplomacy and defence must work together

    Brendan Nicholson     |      July 8, 2023

    Strong diplomacy is crucial to avoid conflict, and the Australian Defence Force must operate within an envelope created and expanded by the nation’s diplomatic efforts, says ADF chief Angus Campbell.

  • Technological diplomacy

    Shaun Riordan     |      February 13, 2023

    Diplomacy is needed to manage governance and security in cyberspace, and so diplomats must better engage with the big technology and internet companies.

  • Building bridges

    Alex Bristow     |      February 1, 2023

    Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Defence Minister Richard Marles will travel to Europe for separate ‘2+2’ meetings with their French and British counterparts this week.

  • Advice for the Ambassador

    Kim Beazley     |      January 28, 2023

    Australia’s former Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley offers some sage advice to his successor, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

  • AI takes on the great game

    Toby Walsh     |      November 26, 2022

    Computers have beat any human at chess, and now AI may be able to outperform humans at the great game of diplomacy.

  • 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.