As a very young public servant Dennis Richardson handed out how-to-vote cards for the ALP.
Politics podcast: Dennis Richardson on telling it like it is.
Dennis Richardson was never afraid to tell ministers what he believed they should hear, and any grudges they had as a result they apparently got over very quickly.
To survive in a Chinese world, Australia is going to have to say ‘no’ to China – as Gough Whitlam did.
National Archives of Australia
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'.
The Shoalwater Bay training area has been one of the most important in Australia, frequently used by Australian, US, New Zealand and Singaporean troops.
The small city-state is an important regional ally, and we should work hard to maintain that strong relationship.
Celebrate good times, come on.
For all the chatter about the Kremlin's supposed preference for Trump over Clinton, its strategy is far from clear.
President-elect Donald Trump has conceded that Russia sought to influence last year’s US presidential election.
Russian interests are far from aligned with those of the West, and no amount of revisionist commentary about Russia not being 'such a bad guy’' after all will alter that reality.
Mosul is one of many war-torn cities in the middle East.
In the Middle East, there will be no easy choices for the incoming Trump administration - and a wild ride is likely to continue.
Flanked by his family, US President Elect Donald Trump called for unity as he claimed victory.
Leading Australian academics respond to Donald Trump’s victory, and look ahead to what kind of president he might be. Much…
Under proposed changes, the war crime of murder would not apply to collateral civilian deaths resulting from an otherwise lawful attack.
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Under proposed changes, the war crime offence of murder, in a non-international armed conflict, would not apply to collateral civilian deaths resulting from an otherwise lawful attack.
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.
Boris Johnson outside Whitehall in London.
Boris Johnson, the man who led the Brexit campaign, has been appointed as the UK's chief diplomat. It has sent shudders down many spines, but does Africa need to worry?
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.
Football’s Asian Cup dominated Korean-language news coverage of Australia over the past year.
Australia struggles to rise above the fray in Korean news, consigned to one of a number of countries that form an international community. But football seems to be a clear exception to this.
Barack Obama has become adept at welcoming new Australian prime ministers to the White House.
2016 will be a year of transitions in the Australia-US relationship. Against a backdrop of change are three important issues: the fight against Islamic State, China, and passage of the TPP.
Joe Hockey has been announced as Australia’s next ambassador to the United States.
Will Joe Hockey, a 19-year veteran of the Australian Parliament, be able to navigate an increasingly dysfunctional Washington as ambassador to the United States?
As President Barack Obama extends America’s military presence in Afghanistan, Australia is determining what’s next for its military role.
After 14 years of continued military presence and a decision by President Obama to keep US forces in Afghanistan, what is the next step for Australia's role in the Afghanistan war?
While Julie Bishop stays on as foreign minister, domestic political calculations might be less of a factor in policy if the government can put dire opinion polls behind it.
Australia will benefit if a Turnbull government pursues a foreign policy agenda attuned more to regional and global goals and developments, and less to domestic political challenges.
The Abbott government’s instinct on foreign policy is to approach it through the lens of domestic politics.
The pressure the Abbott government faced over the Syrian refugee crisis hints at a broader trend. Global political dynamics are now exposing a credibility deficit in Australian foreign policy.
It has become commonplace to observe that Australian policymakers face a major challenge trying to reconcile the strategic and economic aspects of foreign policy. But while we might have become used to…
A Chinese government image of soldiers on one of the built-up Spratly islands.
The US is considering using warships and helicopters to pressure China into scaling back construction in the Spratly islands. But why is there one rule for China, and another for other nations?
One of four koalas on loan to Singapore Zoo, where they were unveiled to the public on Wednesday May 20.
Four female koalas have just made their debut in front of an adoring public at Singapore Zoo – the latest in a long line of animals used for diplomatic purposes, going back to Winston the platypus.