The Turnbull government appears determined to intensify Australian involvement in the Asia-Pacific’s strategic rivalries.
The underlying implication of Malcolm Turnbull's Tokyo visit was the interest shared by Japan and Australia to counter the strategic rise of China.
With so many global flashpoints, and so little diplomacy, 2018 could be a turbulent year.
From an Australian perspective, shifting power in the Indo-Pacific will be of primary importance in 2018 and beyond.
Paul Keating is known as one of the most Indonesia-friendly Australian prime ministers.
It was Paul Keating himself who first raised the idea of a security agreement between Indonesia and Australia in June 1994 to Indonesian President Soeharto.
Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop launch the long-awaited foreign policy white paper.
The closest idea to an actual plan in the white paper seems to be to double-down on the US relationship, and trust that the Trump administration is a blip.
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Speaking with: Professor Bates Gill on Australia’s changing relationship with China.
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William Isdale speaks with Bates Gill on the importance of Australia's relationship with China and how best to navigate the sometimes complex alliance.
Duterte visits a police headquarters in Davao city.
It turns out that the president of the Philippines is exactly who he said he was.
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.
Despite our geographical distance, Britain leaving the EU will affect Australia substantially.
For Australia, Brexit is the diplomatic equivalent of moving into a shared house with a divorcing couple.
Australia’s extradition treaty with China was completed in 2007, but it has never been ratified.
The usual procedures for extradition between countries with substantial and complex bilateral relations – like those that Australia and China have – will now not be available.
To survive in a Chinese world, Australia is going to have to say ‘no’ to China – as Gough Whitlam did.
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Now, more than at any time in our history, Australia needs a relationship with China 'comparable with that which we have, or seek, with other major powers'.
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.
After the extraordinary attention accorded to the visit to Australia by the leader of a country whose economic importance to us is limited – if prospective – it might not be a bad idea to put all this…
Australia must think differently about its relationship with the US under Donald Trump.
Australian and American leaders over the years have, from time to time, disagreed or said things to cause embarrassment. But, for the most part, such disagreements have been kept out of the limelight.
Should Hillary Clinton win the White House the long evolution of Australia-US alliance should continue as normal.
US presidents over the past 25 years have had varying views of the alliance with Australia. While none have questioned its value, commitment has not been even across the board.
Indonesia is the neighbour that makes Australians feel uneasy but also want to get on with.
The annual Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY) to be held in Bali this week is an initiative that can help change negative attitudes towards Indonesia.
Malcolm Turnbull campaigned on promises of a stable government – but given the Coalition’s slim victory, this may not be possible.
To understand how Australia's political uncertainty is being seen elsewhere, we reconvened our panel of experts from the UK, US, Indonesia and NZ to respond to the election results.
Australia must start the job of ensuring Indonesian investment flows south.
Much of the increased co-operation between Australia and Indonesia must begin by strengthening supply and value chains and investment ties between the two countries.
Time for Australia to make new friends in Europe.
Given Australia’s strong and enduring ties with both the UK and the EU, the shockwaves from Brexit will be felt in Australia soon enough.
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 adjustment in Australia’s defence spending to 1.9% to 2% of GDP is reasonable.
The stakes around Australia's defence appear higher and the urgency greater than at any time since the height of the Cold War.