Hugh Piper

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Hugh Piper is a former strategic policy adviser and ministerial speechwriter at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Hugh holds honours degrees from the University of Sydney in law and the history of US foreign policy. He is currently Research and Policy Manager at the James Martin Institute for Public Policy in Sydney. The opinions expressed are his own. 

“Should democracies ever lie?” Sort of. Maybe. Not really
“Should democracies ever lie?” Sort of. Maybe. Not really
Bending the truth corrupts confidence in democratic institutions and risks a race to the bottom.
There must be a better way: Australia’s diplomatic appointments
There must be a better way: Australia’s diplomatic appointments
Transparency in deciding who gets to represent the country abroad can only be a benefit.
Australia’s new government seizes the international bully pulpit
Australia’s new government seizes the international bully pulpit
Labor brings a distinct change in rhetoric to foreign and strategic policy. Here are the top five takeaways.
Scott Morrison wins. So where to next for Australia in the world?
Scott Morrison wins. So where to next for Australia in the world?
A returned Coalition government faces immediate headaches (and opportunities) in its foreign policy.
Imagining Labor’s first 100 days in foreign policy
Imagining Labor’s first 100 days in foreign policy
It’s 22 May. And although Anthony Albanese is yet to get his feet under the desk, priorities are already piling up.
Time to think big on the future of Australian diplomacy
Time to think big on the future of Australian diplomacy
A good start would put the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the centre of decision-making and coordination.
Australian cricket’s soft power opportunity
Australian cricket’s soft power opportunity
A hat trick of factors calls for all-round success, and a recognition of bigger issues, including gender equality.
Australian republicanism poses difficult foreign policy questions
Australian republicanism poses difficult foreign policy questions
In the recently proposed model, a mandate from the head of state would override the prime minister. That’s a problem.
Australia’s real leverage in China’s CPTTP bid
Australia’s real leverage in China’s CPTTP bid
Beijing has handed Canberra an unexpected bargaining chip. The question is how to best use it?
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