Indonesia and Southeast Asia

Regional wrap

The past fortnight was marked by not one but two history-defining international events in different theatres of the Indo-Pacific: one in South Asia and the… Read More

Regional wrap

The events of the past fortnight have led Australians to again reflect on the extent of Chinese influence they’re ready to tolerate on their soil… Read More

Philippine-Australian Relations: Connecting the Spokes

The Philippine-Australian relationship has a long history of bilateral cooperation. Since diplomatic relations were established in 1946 the two countries have had strong people-to-people links,… Read More

Regional wrap

We’re slowly but surely drifting towards an era of a new Cold War between the US and China and nowhere is it going to be… Read More

How mateship made way for freedom, democracy and rule of law

Australia’s diplomatic language has evolved during a period of instability and risk, but is practice following? Read More

Cambodia: The regime’s base survival instinct on display

A decision to reject a US offer to refurbish Ream Naval Base might hint at China’s influence but also domestic concerns. Rumours… Read More

Regional wrap

The past fortnight would be best described as surreal and bizarre; surreal because one witnessed leaders of countries seemingly hostile to each other dining nonchalantly… Read More

At the G20, a focus on sideshow diplomacy and photo opps, with limited material gains

What a weekend it’s been: global leadership, diplomacy and theatrics, all at play on the world stage. US President Donald Trump – never one to… Read More

Diplomatic intelligence

When I joined the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1973, my fellow trainees and I were told that diplomatic receptions were not simply social… Read More

Regional wrap

This fortnight, millions of Hong Kongers took to the streets to protest against a proposed bill that would allow them to be extradited to… Read More