Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson head to a meeting in Moscow.
What vastly complicates Western policy in Syria is how to sanction Assad on one hand and deal with Islamic State on the other, without the country unravelling completely.
Julie Bishop’s comments come ahead of a visit to Australia this month by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Julie Bishop has sent an unusually pointed message to China about the importance of democratic institutions.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has recalled all Australian diplomats to review Australia’s foreign policy settings next month.
The US alliance will remain the cornerstone of Australian security, but regional partnerships will become more important and exploitable - sentimental ties aside.
Malcolm Turnbull is taking the approach of trying to get in early with the President-elect, while reassuring Australians the alliance with the United States remains safe.
During the election campaign the University of Canberra's focus group in the seat of Indi was asked who'd be the better prime minister to deal with a possible Trump presidency.
Demands for justice for the victims of Flight MH17, including war crimes prosecutions for those responsible, persist.
The Lockerbie trial illustrates several challenges that are likely to arise again in the pursuit of justice for those killed on Flight MH17.
Kevin Rudd has had his nomination for the role of UN secretary-general knocked back by Malcolm Turnbull.
A furious Kevin Rudd has released correspondence in which he wrote that on 'multiple' occasions Malcolm Turnbull had backed his candidature to run for UN secretary-general.
Those around Malcolm Turnbull insist he really believes refusing Kevin Rudd the chance to be in the running to be UN secretary-general is the right thing to do.
Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to stymie Kevin Rudd’s bid to run for the United Nations secretary-general post is ill-judged, unjustified and unfair. It is a capitulation to the Liberal conservatives. It…
Julie Bishop chats with her counterparts during the East Asia Summit’s foreign ministers meeting in Laos.
The strength of Julie Bishop will be tested on Thursday when she proposes the government should nominate Kevin Rudd to run for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Australia’s current public-policy space is too small to grapple with the huge geopolitical and environmental shifts underway.
Australia needs a clear bipartisan vision of its role in the world and a strategic agenda for the long-term national interest.
Australia’s 2016 aid budget contains a further $224 million cut.
On every measure of generosity there is, Australia's foreign aid ranking is falling behind that of other advanced countries.
The Coalition government has moved to rapidly alter the balance of Australia’s foreign policy spending.
A reduced aid budget equates to the forsaking of real opportunities in foreign policy terms. In the long term, this could make the savings look miniscule compared to opportunity costs.
Policies aimed at increasing workforce participation, childcare and early childhood development all have gender implications.
Australia was a pioneer in gender budget analysis, but in recent years we've fallen behind. We need it back.
Julie Bishop has shown resilience over the years, while Joe Hockey bows out.
Soon, as ambassador to Washington, Joe Hockey will be working for Julie Bishop, the foreign minister who rose as a star in the government while the treasurer crashed.
Achieving ‘justice’ for the victims of the MH17 downing is not a straightforward task.
Aviation, which transformed travel and way of life in the 20th century, is being transformed in the 21st century and faces some difficult 21st-century problems.
China’s not happy. Normally that sort of phrase is pretty meaningless. Clearly not everyone in China has the same view on anything – with the possible exception of its territorial claims in the South China…
The reconstructed front of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014.
A Dutch Safety Board report is crucial to the progress of the ongoing criminal investigation into downed flight MH17.
Australia’s policy on Syria should assess the threat and engage with the least worst enemy to pursue an achievable outcome.
Rather than being a proactive realignment, Australia’s shift in policy on Syria was a reactive realisation that it was being left behind.
Julie Bishop was a particularly strong advocate in urging Indonesia to spare the lives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
Beyond general expressions of “opposition” to capital punishment, Australia did not emphasise specific human rights principles in its lobbying of Indonesia to spare Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Julie Bishop says all options should be considered when it comes to Australia’s position on a post-civil war Syria.
The real winners this week in international diplomacy have been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
Under the assertive leadership of Xi Jinping, China won’t meekly accept the terms of closer engagement with Australia being determined by the US alliance.
The past two decades were years of sclerosis and decline in Australia’s once creative and agile foreign policy. A new course must be set to meet the challenges of exciting but risky times.