The foreign minister’s trip to Solomon Islands was a difficult one, but while there was no big “win”, it also did not make things worse.
Whichever party wins the May election will only have six months until the American mid-term elections in November.
There are many reasons to be wary of the returned Taliban, but given our investment in the region the Australian government will have to find a way to deal with it.
Which countries emerge best from the pandemic, and how the world tackles the climate crisis, will be among the defining features of global politics in the coming year.
Australia has less to fear from China’s trade threats than some might think.
Australia has maintained military and trade ties with Myanmar. If Myanmar is not fully complying with the ICJ order, this puts Canberra in a sticky position.
The word ‘values’ was seldom used in Australian diplomacy in recent decades, but has slowly become more prevalent as Canberra has sought to counter China’s influence in the region.
In a major speech ahead of the G20, Prime Minister Scott Morrison commits to further enhancing Australia’s relationship with China while maintaining its allyship with the United States.
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.
Hong Kong’s CKI taking over Australian infrastructure company APA Group has been ruled against the national interest. That’s rare, but not a huge deal.
The strength of Australian aid is that it has been fully grant-based. Offering Pacific nations debt-based development financing instead is no way to win friends.
To be a good neighbour Australia should invest in a sustainable temporary labour migration scheme for Pacific nations.
In one of the most difficult foreign policy environments since the end of the Vietnam War, the two leaders have revealed strong similarities but also key differences on our relationships abroad.
Moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem may cause controversy but is in line with Australia’s foreign policy interests.
Australia should focus on playing a positive role in the ongoing Middle East process, rather than auctioning off its foreign policy for the sake of winning the Wentworth byelection.
The reports are speculative at best, but that hasn’t stopped a torrent of over-wrought commentary on Chinese military expansion and the potential threat to Australia.
From an Australian perspective, shifting power in the Indo-Pacific will be of primary importance in 2018 and beyond.