Other countries have tried linking migration to foreign policy before – it needs to be a credible and capable threat to work.
Former President Jimmy Carter's foreign policy efforts may have been far more effective than critics have claimed.
Whoever wins the election, Indonesia's foreign policy, in which the nation does not align with any superpower and has an active role in contributing to world peace, will remain.
There have historically been few key points of difference on foreign policy during elections. Despite daunting challenges on the global stage, this year's election campaign looks to be much the same.
South Africa has a long history of women at the helm of its foreign affairs ministry but this hasn't translated into a gender balanced foreign policy environment
New Zealand's decision to block Huawei from its 5G cellular networks due to security concerns is likely to be just the first of many that challenge Wellington's relationship with Beijing.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's historic visit to Vanuatu is centred around security. This fits a pattern shifting the focus from development to militarisation in Australia's Pacific foreign policy.
Around 80% of the world's maritime oil trade passes through the Indian Ocean. And the economic and political might of the region is growing.
Australia's international relationships were tested in 2018. And the coming year may prove to be even more challenging.
NZ's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stands out internationally as she talks about doing politics differently. Yet, domestically, there's little discussion about priorities in foreign policy.
The significant churn in the Trump administration has caused confusion in foreign policymaking. In contrast, Bush's presidency was marked by collegiality, which contributed to many successes.
Private companies – many based in the US – are blocking access to their websites from particular countries around the world. It's contributing to a splintering of the global internet.
President Trump says an alliance with Saudi Arabia is necessary, despite evidence the country's crown prince ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a busy summit season ahead of him. After early foreign policy stumbles, it's important he reads his briefs, listens to the diplomats and stays humble.
For years Turnbull had to endure the sniping of Abbott, the man he brought down. Now Turnbull is the sniper at the window, though Morrison didn't cause his fall (unless you buy the conspiracy
If their trade deal is delayed, this will not only create a huge loss for the Australian and Indonesian economies but also change foreign policy dynamics between the two countries.
The time for words is over – the world wants to see positive action if it is going to engage and invest.
Morrison has his work cut out for him restoring Australia's reputation for good governance overseas and repairing relations with China.
Qatar's decision to aid Turkey in the face of American sanctions against the country may finally be a snub too far for its close relationship with the US.
Whether New Zealand achieves real change in the way it engages with Pacific nations depends on how the 'Pacific reset' funding boost is translated into action on the ground.