Diplomacy

Confident, competent, inconsistent: Australia’s strategic personality
Confident, competent, inconsistent: Australia’s strategic personality
There is broad agreement that Australian diplomacy and defence policy need to change to meet the challenges posed by a more dynamic region. But does Australia need something more …
Fruits of labour: Guatemala’s 30 minutes with the PM
Fruits of labour: Guatemala’s 30 minutes with the PM
Anthony Albanese could be forgiven for wanting a break from foreign policy. Having recently clocked at least 20,000 kilometres on the summit shuttle across six days and three…
“Big differences to manage”: Albanese and Xi put a value on diplomacy
“Big differences to manage”: Albanese and Xi put a value on diplomacy
At one level, the meeting was mainly symbolic, Anthony Albanese and Xi Jinping smiling and warmly shaking hands on the sidelines of the G20 in Bali after years of top-level…
COP out: Should Albanese be in Egypt? And what about APEC? G20? EAS?
COP out: Should Albanese be in Egypt? And what about APEC? G20? EAS?
“Secretary General, are you disappointed that Prime Minister Albanese couldn’t be here himself?” This was the opening question on Monday at climate change talks in Egypt…
Australia’s road to Geneva
Australia’s road to Geneva
From the 1920s, Geneva, as the home of the League of Nations, became the principal focus of international diplomacy. Although Australia’s role as an international actor was in its…
Diversity and inclusion: Australia’s global aim to walk the talk
Diversity and inclusion: Australia’s global aim to walk the talk
The concept of “Diversity and Inclusion” has now become a mainstay to measure organisational performance. This is no less true for government agencies than it is for the corporate…
“See it through my lens”: the optics of fashion diplomacy
“See it through my lens”: the optics of fashion diplomacy
Last week, immediately following the conclusion of the US-Pacific Summit, Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretary General Henry Puna tweeted a photo of himself and Fijian Prime…
Computational diplomacy - the science of an art?
Computational diplomacy - the science of an art?
Digital disinformation, cyberwarfare and AI-driven military campaigns have changed the face of geopolitics and raised the stakes for diplomatic negotiations. In a complex and…
If Brazil’s ambassador could seed a few ideas with the Prime Minister 
If Brazil’s ambassador could seed a few ideas with the Prime Minister 
It’s a number that has almost doubled in the last five years alone. Today, more than 50,000 people born in Brazil call Australia home, according to the census results released…
“Should democracies ever lie?” Sort of. Maybe. Not really
“Should democracies ever lie?” Sort of. Maybe. Not really
The good functioning of liberal democracies relies on a healthy information environment. For citizens to make well-informed, free choices, public discourse must be authentic and …