Topic-Public Diplomacy

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 21 October

New security centre to be located in Vanuatu The government of Australia has announced that its Fusion Centre will be homed in Vanuatu. The Centre… Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines

The digitalisation of almost every aspect of civic life has brought forth a new constitutional moment. The hyper-connectivity of peoples in the digital space has… Read More

China’s image problem is worsening globally. It’s time for Beijing to consider a diplomatic reset

As the increasingly virulent anti-China rhetoric has made clear in recent months, China has not been very popular in countries like the US and Australia… Read More

Foreign Minister Payne flies out for Quad diplomacy

CAITLIN BYRNE  |  What a relief it must have been for Australia’s Foreign Minister, Marise Payne to step on a plane earlier this week. Read More

Competence in a crisis: the new marker of soft power in a chaotic world

Aside from its devastating human impact, COVID-19 has revealed deep social, economic and political fault lines in and across the global system. How states and other global actors engage in this system and the extent to which they mine, obscure or seek to bridge emerging fault lines for advantage will reflect on their soft power. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 23 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Fallout in Samoa after Deputy Prime Minister resigns In Samoa, the Prime Minister, Tuialepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has said… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 16 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Papua New Guinea seeks further loans for economic bailout Papua New Guinea has passed a supplementary budget. The Treasurer,… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 9 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Solomon Islands political tensions In Solomon Islands, tensions between the provincial government of Malaita and the national government continue… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 26 August

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  COVID-19 vaccine concerns in Papua New Guinea The race to find a vaccine for COVID-19 and the attendant geopolitical… Read More

The most successful female diplomats? Women with wives

New research has revealed that women diplomats with female partners fared better than their heterosexual female colleagues in terms of meeting the demands of international deployment and the extraordinary requirements of diplomacy. Read More


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