Tag Archive for: "foreign affairs"
Reinvigorating Australian ties with Africa

Africa’s voice is growing louder. And Australia is now listening. Comprising more than a quarter of UN member states, African nations have a strong voice in global affairs. By 2050, a quarter of the world’s …

Does Australia need an ASEAN special envoy?

Foreign Minister Penny Wong is visiting Vietnam and Malaysia this week on her second trip to Southeast Asia since taking office in late May. In opposition, Labor committed to deepening Australia’s engagement with Southeast Asia, …

The China consensus in Australia’s election

As a Chinese navy ship nosed around Australia’s northwest coast, China sailed to the centre of the formal foreign policy debate. The ship got more attention from the press than the National Press Club face-off …

DFAT needs a domestic policy division

Australian foreign policy is characterised by the perpetual dilemma of grand strategy: aligning lofty aspirations (shaping the Indo-Pacific) with limited resources (a population of 26 million and relative economic decline). If Australia is to meet …