Multilateral Institutions

Great power rivalry is poisoning multilateralism
Great power rivalry is poisoning multilateralism
Multilateralism functions when great powers agree on certain fundamentals. Conversely, multilateralism is bound to sputter when there are deep contradictions between major powers…
This year, India leads the G20, Japan the G7, and together can make a potent team
This year, India leads the G20, Japan the G7, and together can make a potent team
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has declared India as “indispensable” to the vision of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”. This echoes former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s…
A jurisdiction over the high seas
A jurisdiction over the high seas
After nearly two decades of discussion and negotiation, on 5 March the United Nations announced a new agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological…
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…
Economic diplomacy: Searching for APEC
Economic diplomacy: Searching for APEC
A new horse in the regional race It is hard to begrudge an ageing father opting for his daughter’s wedding over a leaders’ summit which has lost its early lustre. But Joe Biden…
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…
Economic diplomacy: The IMF faces a US$ reality check
Economic diplomacy: The IMF faces a US$ reality check
Back to basics When the International Monetary Fund kicked off its latest twice-yearly meetings with blunt criticism of the fiscal policies of the new British government it…
Six reasons to be cautious about Australia establishing a DFI
Six reasons to be cautious about Australia establishing a DFI
In The Interpreter this week, Roland Rajah presented five reasons for establishing a Development Finance Institution (DFI). While he makes a good case, like any major policy…
Multilateralism matters again
Multilateralism matters again
Freshly sworn in and already warmly welcomed by Quad leaders in Tokyo, Anthony Albanese got off to a swinging start on the foreign policy front. As the realities of government set…
Diplomacy is indispensable to manage the Mekong
Diplomacy is indispensable to manage the Mekong
Milton Osborne mischaracterises the Mekong River Commission when writing last month in The Interpreter that the regional organisation “ignores reality”. To say we were …