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.
Former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki at Mbeki’s inauguration in 1999.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki remains a puzzle to many of his compatriots. A new book, ‘The Thabo Mbeki I know’, will help to understand him better.
Obama’s message while in Vietnam and Japan may be twofold.
Beneath the usual pomp and circumstance of Obama's weeklong visit to Asia lies a clear message for aggressors in the region. An East Asia expert from UC Berkeley reads between the lines.
Libya has become a case study for those who think the world should never intervene in national conflicts. Not so fast.
South African National Defence Force soldiers help to unload maize for flood victims in.
The South African military's capabilities for socio-economic development are questionable, even in its own country. The force is in critical decline, but is expected to aid humanitarian efforts.
Can Turkey still straddle two worlds?
Turkey is the one of the U.S.'s most important allies in the Mideast, but recent actions such as the downing of a Russian fighter raise important questions about its reliability as a partner.
Former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Both men had clear ideas about South Africa’s foreign policy.
Over the past two decades, it has not been easy for any country – let alone a newly freed one, like post-apartheid South Africa – to understand the rapidly changing world.
“Smile, everyone”: Turkey, the US, Saudi Arabia, and Russia at the table in Vienna.
With Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the US all at the table, Russia's benighted Syria plan may at last have a chance of success.
Is George Osborne deploying the 'Deep State' to secure a long-term nuclear arsenal for Britain?
“It’s not that simple, Barack.”
Russia's Syria play may have hit some snags already, but the US is hardly placed to kick up a fuss.
Under the assertive leadership of Xi Jinping, China won’t meekly accept the terms of closer engagement with Australia being determined by the US alliance.
The past two decades were years of sclerosis and decline in Australia’s once creative and agile foreign policy. A new course must be set to meet the challenges of exciting but risky times.
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.
What J.K. Galbraith famously called the conventional wisdom is a powerful thing to behold. There are few better local examples than the belief that the military alliance with the US is vital for the security…
Who is the audience for the commencement address?
American Presidents tend to use the commencement address to address the audience outside than within the graduation hall. This changes though if they go on to a second term.
I used to rule the world…
The coalition has presided over a muddled and reactionary foreign policy, and has done little to strengthen Britain's independent voice in the world.
In this 2008 photograph, former ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert H Tuttle greets President George W. Bush. Prior to becoming an ambassador, Tuttle was known for his empire of car dealerships.
If you want a desirable ambassadorship, becoming a Foreign Service Officer and earning the relevant degrees – in other words, accumulating experience – might not be the best plan of action.
Australia’s ability to influence China will largely depend on how it engages with China’s complex and growing diplomatic machinery.
Speaking with: Kerry Brown on China, Australia and diplomacy.
The emergence of China as a 21st-century superpower has already had profound impacts on Australia. As China reshapes the balance of power, not only in the Asia-Pacific region but globally, its influence…
Before the Asian Century, it was Gough Whitlam that gave Australians the confidence to enhance their place in the world.
“Where were you when Gough was sacked?” This of course refers to Remembrance Day, 11 November, 1975, when the elected prime minister Gough Whitlam was sacked by Governor-General Sir John Kerr in cahoots…
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agenda is again being driven by the US on behalf of its major export industries.
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Ten years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series…
With coups in Thailand and troubles elsewhere, Australia exists in a fragile regional environment where it is expected to play a leading role in peacemaking.
Australia’s neighbourhood is currently a hotbed of fragility and conflict, with tensions in the South China Sea, a military coup in Thailand and civil rights abuses against Rohingya in Myanmar. But to…