Public Diplomacy

Sport and diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula

Sport, it would seem, has paved the way for limited but significant diplomatic success on the Korean Peninsula. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, due to begin… Read More

Diplomacy on the doorstep: Australia’s equivocal Indonesian relationship

With close to 300 million people, and a GDP that for the first time last year hit USD$1 trillion, Australia has been quick to take… Read More

Foreign policy: Charting Australia’s diplomatic future

In a rapidly changing world, the unveiling of the Foreign Policy White Paper, represents the closest thing the Turnbull government has to a map for… Read More

Technological change and the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper

In November 2017, the Australian government released its Foreign Policy White Paper to a flurry of interest and speculation as to how Australia will chart… Read More

Coral Bell and the ‘concert of powers’ problem

The End of the Vasco da Gama Era is vintage Coral Bell: bold and trenchant, with plenty on which both academics and policymakers might chew. Read More

Reading between the lines of North Korea’s letter

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly has been busy sending open letters to various foreign parliaments. Our letter seems specifically… Read More

Doklam, the diplomacy of anger, and the Sino-Indian standoff

The ten-week standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, in territory disputed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Bhutan, was finally concluded on… Read More

A Contested Asia: What comes after US strategic predominance?

2017 Griffith Asia Lecture by Mr Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, 6 September 2017 I would like to begin by commending… Read More

Australia–Philippines strategic relations: taking the long view

The Philippines is poised to become strategically more important to Australia, leading to opportunities for intensified defence cooperation. At a recent dialogue held in Manila… Read More

Five Eyes and the perils of an asymmetric alliance

Five Eyes is the oldest and most prominent intelligence alliance in the world. But does Australia’s membership in the alliance expose it to undue influence… Read More