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EPA/Alexander Astafyev

The limits of multilateralism

One of the distinctive features of the contemporary international order is the role played by multilateral organisations. Ever since the US became the dominant force in international affairs in the aftermath…
Malcolm Turnbull’s side meetings with world leaders during the international summits will be as important as the conference discussions. AAP/Lukas Coch

Malcolm Turnbull to show his international paces during summit season

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday launches into an intensive round of international diplomacy that will absorb a good deal of time and attention in a crowded agenda.
A special relationship Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

America’s great gamble on China

President Obama arrived in Beijing Monday to participate in this week’s meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. He will have talks with China’s president Xi Jinping on the fringes…
Golden handshake. Abe and Xi meet on the sidelines of the APEC meeting on Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool/EPA

APEC summit shows how hard it is to define the Asian ‘region’

With considerable pomp and circumstance – and at considerable expense – it fell to China to host the annual APEC summit this year. If it lives long in the memory at all, the meeting will probably be remembered…
EPA/Kim Kyung-Hoon

China and the new regional order

The region’s diplomats and leaders have been earning their money over the last few weeks. Or they have, at least, if their preferred key performance indicators are meetings attended, photos posed for…
Prime Minister of The Netherlands Mark Rutte reacts as he listens to Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott, in Canberra. AAP Image/Reuters POOL, David Gray

Grattan on Friday: Game of cat-and-bear as Abbott pursues Putin

The Russians have started coming. On Thursday, an aircraft with about 80-90 Russians arrived in preparation for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane. There will be four more official planes, including President…

Does multilateralism still matter?

For those of us who believe that international institutions are a good idea in principle, these ought to be quite exciting times. After all, we’re about to host the G20 and there will be an even bigger…
Good for a holiday, but other institutions are overtaking APEC as a useful diplomatic forum for Australian trade interests. EPA/Mast Irham

More form than substance at APEC

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum concluded last night as leaders, foreign ministers and trade delegations wrapped up a week in Bali. You’d be forgiven for not noticing. There are two…
Strategic friendships: will Australia’s decision to sign up to Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement impact on our relationship with China? AAP

A ‘zhengyou’ to China? Signing with Obama on trade puts this friendship to the test

The task of simultaneously negotiating our traditional security and cultural ties with the US, and our burgeoning economic relationship with China, can justifiably be described as the “great foreign policy…

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