Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power.
Australia's international relationships were tested in 2018. And the coming year may prove to be even more challenging.
The significant churn in the Trump administration has caused confusion in foreign policymaking. In contrast, Bush's presidency was marked by collegiality, which contributed to many successes.
Despite agreeing to a ceasefire, the two sides offered differing depictions of their trade war truce that show a lasting peace may still be out of reach.
Indonesia is more important to Australia than many Australians realise.
If their trade deal is delayed, this will not only create a huge loss for the Australian and Indonesian economies but also change foreign policy dynamics between the two countries.
Pik Botha defended apartheid and South Africa's occupation of Namibia, but in the end helped end both.
Climate policy is clearly a threat to the job security of Australian prime ministers, but it could upend our international diplomacy as well, with a string of key summits looming in coming months.
Indonesian media's coverage of Scott Morrison's appointment as Australia's new Prime Minister signals increased public awareness of Australian politics.
Kofi Annan's tenure began after the reintroduction of two important international security lexicons -- peacebuilding and human security.
How can sporting events like the Asian Games contribute to global peace?
The diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia could have serious economic ramifications as well. When diplomatic ties are cut, research shows trade suffers significantly.
The prime minister's China "reset" speech indicates he has yielded to diplomatic advice to separate domestic politics from foreign policy.
The world is up in arms about many politicians' increasing rudeness. Are we right to be so perturbed?
Donald Trump is unmoved by high risks and wild odds, apparently feeling that his sheer cunning will always win, including, now, in geopolitics — his latest casino.
Mandela did not make the decision to jettison Taiwan and recognise China. He adhered to a decision by the governing ANC.
After a week spent trampling the international order, Trump capped his performance by giving Vladimir Putin the benefit of the doubt.
Efforts to keep Trump's itinerary as tight and cloistered as possible failed to avoid a classic diplomatic calamity.
A new strategy from the UN secretary general challenges the world to explain why it's not doing more to defuse the nuclear threat.
NATO leaders meet in Belgium today; many are worried about US President Trump's habit of breaking diplomatic norms. History is filled with other leaders acting bullishly, often with poor results.