Australian foreign policy


8 Mar 2019

Whoever forms the next government should increase investment in foreign affairs and trade, finding ways to make Australia more prominent in global dispute resolution.

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10 Dec 2018

Kim Beazley has spent a professional lifetime being deeply immersed in the design and implementation of Australia’s defence and security policy. He steered his side of politics through the global anti-nuclear unrest of the early 1980s to craft an approach to Australia’s alliance with the...


28 Nov 2018

The South Pacific is becoming a more strategically crowded and contested space. But, despite the strong aid and defence relations Australia maintains with the island states, there’s been little attention given to date to the role of Australia’s private sector in the Pacific islands region....


13 Nov 2018

Lowy Institute Executive Director, Dr Michael Fullilove, reflects on the Trump Administration, the effect of the midterms on US foreign policy and what this means for Australia and the world order.

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22 Oct 2018

The release of Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper late last year had been much anticipated, not least because it was the first such paper in over a decade. Notable was that the Pacific island region (including Timor-Leste) had been accorded a chapter of its own....


29 Aug 2018

Many foreign policy experts have been distraught by the damage done to Australia’s international reputation by our disruptive leqadership spills, and how external messaging on good governance will be undermined.


19 Feb 2018

This speech, delivered by Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, provides some interesting pointers on how the Australian government’s foreign policy has evolved within a short period of time.



20 Jul 2016

Australia, like every nation, must define its interests in a realistic way, in line with its core values, domestic priorities and financial resources. Australia’s national interest lies first and foremost in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in key relationships with bilateral allies.


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7 Sep 2015

The second Indian Ocean dialogue was held in Perth, Australia on 5-7 September 2015.

The dialogue plays an important role in bringing together representatives of strategic and foreign policy communities and civil society to discuss maritime-related issues as part of the emergence of a...


9 Jul 2015

Trilateralism is on the rise across the Asia–Pacific as states seek safety in numbers, diversifying their relations in response to an increasingly uncertain regional security environment. On 8 June 2015, senior foreign affairs officials from Australia, Japan and India, including secretary-level representatives, gathered in New...


18 May 2015

Foreign policy is typically a blandly bipartisan affair in liberal democracies like Australia and the United States. Although different slogans are employed by left and right, major political parties support broadly liberal foreign policy goals. Both sides of politics want to preserve peace and national...



13 Nov 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping will be making a short visit to Tasmania following his participation in the G20 meeting in Brisbane and his address to a joint sitting of the Australian Parliament on 17 November. The choice of destination is unusual and certainly not one...


9 Mar 2014

In the twenty years since the end of the Cold War, Australian not-for-profits (NFPs) have found a range of ways to support societies manage transitions from warfighting postures to modes of peaceful coexistence, and from military governments to civilian-led democracies. In managing the transitions, these...

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19 Feb 2013

2013 is an election year and we know that domestic issues will dominate the campaign and decide our next prime minister. But, at a time when the world is confronting major changes, our foreign policy directions are hugely important, too.

In the Wheeler Centre's...


31 Mar 2011

Malaysia is well positioned to capitalise on misgivings about Australian policy initiatives in Southeast Asia, writes Natalie Sambhi in The Interpreter.


Just to be clear, Dr Mahathir Mohammad is not dead. In fact, the infamously direct style and strident anti-Westernism of...


21 Apr 2006

Former senior defence department strategist Allan Behm urges the federal government to begin planning for a 'tectonic shift' in the power balance in Asia, which will see China's economic and military power rival and even surpass that of the US. Australia would need to place...



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