Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues.
Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
North Korea has placed the Kim regime’s survival before any other priority.
With much attention focused on military might and economic sanctions, there has been little focus on calls for a diplomatic solution to the North Korean crisis.
The conservatives’ strategy is to reap what victories they can while Malcolm Turnbull leads.
The lack of moderates in the Liberals' succession list is notable, given Christopher Pyne's ill-judged boast to the faction that it was in the 'winners' circle'.
Michelle Grattan and Deep Saini discuss the week in politics.
Barnaby Joyce has now renounced his New Zealand citizenship but his future is yet to be determined.
Let’s get one point straight. The crisis around Barnaby Joyce has been caused by one simple oversight by one person. Joyce was careless in not properly checking whether he complied with the citizenship…
The government says its position has always been that none of those on Manus Island and Nauru would ever be allowed to come here.
The fracas between the United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) and the government over whether Australia agreed to settle a handful of the Manus Island/Nauru boat people with family here…
Peter Dutton’s condemnation of those he terms ‘fake refugees’ is prejudicial.
The government's crackdown on so-called 'fake refugees' imposes undue stress on an already extremely vulnerable community.
Bill Shorten runs past Old Parliament House in Canberra.
As the government sought to fireproof itself in Labor's areas of strength, the budget produced a new challenge for Bill Shorten.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied has ‘apologised profusely to [Julie Bishop] and the Australian government’ for a controversial Facebook post.
Julie Bishop has refused to sack Yassmin Abdel-Magied from the board of the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, resisting pressure from some in government ranks.
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.