Scott Morrison has heavily promoted his government’s ‘Pacific Step Up’, but it hasn’t invested the requisite funds to support the initiative diplomatically.
New research shows that funding for DFAT has hit a new low of 1.3% of the federal budget. Scaling back has a real effect on Australia's influence around the world.
A small boat carries passengers across the Zambezi river.
Malawi must change its diplomatic approach and align its national interests with Mozambique's
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria (left) arriving at Waterkloof Airforce Base Airport in Pretoria. He is welcomed by Minister Naledi Pandor.
South Africa and Nigeria have had a turbulent relationship dating back to the early 1990s.
A soldier participates in a training during a tactical leader’s exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Data show that the US intervenes more in other countries' affairs than it did in the past. It also currently hires fewer career professionals for ambassadorial or foreign affairs positions.
Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 24, 2019.
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The US has historically asked for international support when brewing conflicts in the Middle East boiled over.
The flag of Western Sahara is displayed during a march outside the Moroccan embassy in Madrid, Spain.
At first glance, it would seem like nothing has changed since 1991. Yet, things have been slowly and discreetly evolving in recent years at Morocco's behest.
Diplomacy by the seaside.
The system of multilateral international co-operation looks increasingly fragile.
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The EU is loathe to let treaties fail, given the sunk costs of negotiating them, but it may walk away if Johnson doesn't change his tune.
Kim Darroch: not in Trump’s good books.
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The leak of US dipomatic cables by Wikileaks revealed some equally frank assessments of British politicians.
Julie Bishop and Marise Payne have risen to the top in foreign affairs, but their successes may be masking more systemic issues preventing women from advancement.
A new report has found a major gender gap persists in Australia's diplomatic, defence and intelligence fields. Australia needs good ideas, and we cannot assume they will all come from the same place.
Protesters in Hong march to West Kowloon railway station on July 7.
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Why the UK should follow the US lead in plans to issue an annual certificate of Hong Kong's autonomy.
Iranian officials show off the U.S. drone they shot out of the sky.
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Trump announced 'hard-hitting' new sanctions on Iran in response to the attack on a US drone. A peace studies scholar explains why sanctions rarely work.
Sanctions are making life increasingly difficult for ordinary Iranians, such as those in Isfahan.
Growing fears of a US conflict with Iran show why the kind of unilateral sanctions the Trump administration imposed last year don't work.
Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, salami, olive oil… Italian food is at the heart of intense diplomatic lobbying.
To defend traditional Italian products such as meats and cheeses – delicious, but often high in fat and salt – the country's government has launched an intense lobbying campaign to fight nutrition labels.
Pelosi has a quick word with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The House of Representatives speaker repeatedly said the UK can forget about a trade deal with the US if it fails to meet its obligations to the Good Friday Agreement.
A board for the Prussian wargame of ‘Kriegsspiel.’
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War games let you test your political and military acumen right at your kitchen table – while also helping you appreciate how decision-makers are limited by the choices of others.
The Wikileaks founder has been removed from the Ecuadorean embassy after nearly seven years.
Venezuelans have faced food and medicine shortages since late 2015. Now power outages have cut off water supplies, too.
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As rival factions vie for control over Venezuela, many of the country’s 31 million people are suffering prolonged power outages, food and water shortages, and limited access to medicine.
Future Australian governments need to work harder at making foreign affairs more accessible to the public, such as better explaining the “Pacific pivot”.
Whoever forms the next government should increase investment in foreign affairs and trade, finding ways to make Australia more prominent in global dispute resolution.
St Peter’s Square, 2014. The Pope benefits from a wide popularity especially in Europe, but does it really influence people’ decisions on political issues?
Pope Francis has been a staunch voice for a world free of nuclear weapons. But should he be involved in defence politics at all? And how does the Pope's message resonate among the European public?