If US state dinners are as momentous as the media has led us to believe, why hasn't the 'special alliance' afforded Australia more than a smattering of invites?
Successive Australian governments have snubbed, time and again, south-east Asian countries. This represents a potentially significant problem for Australia's strategic foothold in the region.
Australia's delayed response to the Australian writer's detention marks a new benchmark in tensions with China.
Alek Sigley's removal from North Korean detention is a happy ending, but what does the saga say about Australia's ability to extricate citizens?
Now our own federal election is done and dusted, let's look at how the outcomes of other elections around the world could affect Australia's interests.
George Brandis's public begging to keep his job degrades the diplomatic corps and embarrasses Australia — but did it breach the code of conduct public servants must adhere to?
Donald Trump's pick for ambassador to Australia, AB Culvahouse, could be worse: a veteran Republican lawyer, he might not know a lot about Australia, but he has national security experience.
A man of limited success in his political career, Ambassador Joe Hockey has now found a role where he can use his strengths.
North and South Korea will sit down to discuss participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics amid some of the highest tensions in recent memory. But will the gesture be enough?