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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during Taiwan National Day celebrations in Taipei last October. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Explainer: the complex question of Taiwanese independence

Is “strategic ambiguity” still the least-worst option for dealing with competing claims about Taiwan?
The right track? Foreign Minister Penny Wong meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang during the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali last month. Johannes P. Christo/Pool/AAP

Can Australia recapture the spirit of middle power diplomacy?

Careful diplomacy rather than uncritical alliances will help steer a course through Australia’s foreign policy challenges.
Will she visit Taiwan or not? Either way, China has made its views known. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Why the big fuss over Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan?

The White House has distanced itself from the US House speaker’s potential visit to Taiwan. But does it still signal a shift in policy over diplomatic ties with the island?
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron after their talks in early February 2022 in Moscow on escalating tensions with Ukraine. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

Why Emmanuel Macron’s peace efforts with Vladimir Putin are probably pointless

New research on diplomacy and backroom bargaining suggests diplomatic efforts are unlikely to be successful with Vladimir Putin. That’s why Emmanuel Macron’s diplomacy attempts aren’t working.
Flags of India and African countries at the 2015 India Africa Friendship Summit in New Delhi. Photo by Priyanka Parashar/Mint via Getty Images

Africa’s relationship with India: a diplomat’s view

A new book places the responsibility of African growth on its leaders, people, and civil society, while also recognising the role partners like India can play in achieving its goals.

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