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The US wines and dines Morrison, and the media eats it up

The US wines and dines Morrison, and the media eats it up

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?

Australia reckons with a long history of neglecting its Asian neighbours

Australia reckons with a long history of neglecting its Asian neighbours

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.

A lesson for the PM: speak up, but stick to English

A lesson for the PM: speak up, but stick to English

Things have gone badly awry between Australia and China. Was it something we said? 

Is China’s detention of Yang Hengjun a line in the sand for Australia?

Is China’s detention of Yang Hengjun a line in the sand for Australia?

Australia's delayed response to the Australian writer's detention marks a new benchmark in tensions with China.

Saving private citizens: how Australia uses diplomacy to rescue prisoners

Saving private citizens: how Australia uses diplomacy to rescue prisoners

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?

How will Scott Morrison react to world election results?

How will Scott Morrison react to world election results?

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.

Did George Brandis breach the Public Service Code of Conduct?

Did George Brandis breach the Public Service Code of Conduct?

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?

Six things to know about ‘AB’ Culvahouse, Trump’s man in Canberra

Six things to know about ‘AB’ Culvahouse, Trump’s man in Canberra

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.

Has Joe Hockey found his calling at last?

Has Joe Hockey found his calling at last?

A man of limited success in his political career, Ambassador Joe Hockey has now found a role where he can use his strengths.

Korea talks are just one step on the long and treacherous road to peace

Korea talks are just one step on the long and treacherous road to peace

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?