Foreign relations administration

Audio interview

07 Jun 2017

Former top US intelligence official, James Clapper, has joined the growing chorus of voices warning of Chinese interference in Australian politics. He's likened Beijing's growing influence to Russia's recent meddling in last year's presidential election.

The controversy has refocussed...

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Report

01 Jun 2017

Russia wants to be recognised as a great power, and has sufficient economic power and potential to encourage it to behave accordingly. However, under its current leadership it recognises that there are economic limits to its behaviour. There is a consistent commitment to budget discipline and a...

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Blog post

28 Mar 2017

This year is shaping up as a big year for Australian foreign policy. This FlagPost highlights some of the key milestones expected over the coming months.

The centrepiece of the Australian Government’s foreign policy agenda in 2017 will be a new white paper that will ‘provide a...

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Research report

14 Mar 2017

Overview

A key element of Australia’s debate on national security issues has been a notion of forced choice between an old ally and a new major trading partner. This is particularly so when strategic choices might produce economic
disadvantage.

The dominant...

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Article

13 Mar 2017

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel of 1886, tells the story of the seemingly virtuous Dr. Henry Jekyll who drinks a serum that transforms him into Mr. Edward Hyde so he is free to indulge his vices without fear of discovery. Donald Trump...

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Submission

28 Feb 2017

We call on the Australian Government to develop and implement a contemporary, independent and high quality foreign policy strategy based on evidence, ethics, social justice, solidarity and strategic partnerships. It must also be free from the corruptive influence of foreign political donations...

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Research report

10 Jan 2017

This report outlines findings from an audit that was conducted in order to assess the transparency of the Australian aid program at the project level as of mid-2016, as measured by the availability of information about aid-funded projects on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)...

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Strategy

05 Dec 2016

Diplomacy may be an art but its tradecraft is firmly anchored by skills. And in diplomacy, the skills of advocacy, persuasion and networking are indispensable. They are central to DFAT’s mission to help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous. And they are crucial to meet the...

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Commentary

Article

10 Nov 2016

It was an ambitious and controversial trade pact that would have covered nearly 40% of the global economy and solidified US leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

But Donald Trump's victory in the United States' presidential election has likely killed off the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),...

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Audio program

10 Nov 2016

Experts are wondering what Donald Trump's election to the US presidency might mean for Asia-Pacific regional security. Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said yesterday that countries in the region were looking for more US leadership rather than less. Whether or not they'll get it, however, is...

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Research report

31 Oct 2016

The relationship between Australia and Israel is warm and close, despite occasional problems. 

Australia has always been seen as friendly by Israel, although it’s rarely been a major focus of policy efforts in Jerusalem.

While there’s a mutual recognition of shared values and a...

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26 Oct 2016

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is expected to visit Australia next month. The visit follows Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull’s meeting with Widodo in Laos on the back of the 2016 Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. The one day visit in Laos was seen as a...

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Research report

19 Oct 2016

The New Economic Paradigm that Japan and Australia have created is the transposition onto nation-level relations of the interplay of numerous factors and drivers that are found at the microeconomic and inter-firm level, combined with industry-level factors and ultimately with geopolitical,...

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Journal article

16 Oct 2016

This article considers the transformations taking place in the consular landscape and the resulting pressures on departments of foreign affairs both in Australia and elsewhere. For Australia, the challenges are particularly compelling. As the Lowy Institute has observed in successive reports,...

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Guide

14 Oct 2016

In 1996 DFAT and Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) initiated an accreditation scheme for NGOs participating in the official Australian aid program. Accreditation enables NGOs to participate in the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Accreditation acts as a front-end...

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Research report

22 Sep 2016

The Abbott Government made important changes to Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs, following its election in September 2013.

Large reductions in funding, foreshadowed in the Coalition’s September 2013 pre-election costings, commenced in January 2014. A further...

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Commentary

Article

09 Sep 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently said:

China has more freedom to invest in Australia, indeed all foreigners have more freedom to invest in Australia, than almost any other country.”

But is this true? We asked two experts to discuss the evidence for and against...

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Research report

29 Aug 2016

Under various arrangements since the 1920s, there has been a free flow of people between Australia and New Zealand. Historically, migration flows across the Tasman have been large in both directions, but since the 1960s more New Zealanders than Australians have chosen to cross the Tasman to live...

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Journal

26 Aug 2016

The Philippines had a major, if unenforceable, win against China in the 12 July South China Sea Arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. But the implications go beyond the bilateral dispute between China and the Philippines and it carries great legal weight as an...

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16 Aug 2016

The ‘Nauru files,’ which detail reports of abuse in Australia’s asylum-seeker detention centre on Nauru, have received global attention since their release. They should provide a flashpoint for the Turnbull government to reassess the longstanding policy of offshore detention of asylum seekers...

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