While Africa in general, and the French-speaking part of it in particular, may seem of distant interest to Australian preoccupations, there is an increasing number of issues where Australia will find it needs constructive partners in this region. The 24 Francophones constitute about half of the African bloc, and thus are an essential group in any contested UN vote, where they can act quite efficiently as a bloc. Each country is quite different, and state governance issues are often complicated.
The 2017 QS World University Rankings has seen Politics and International Studies at ANU move from 8th place in the world to 6th place. It is the third year in a row that ANU has been ranked among the top ten for these subjects.
Today the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region is dominated by the rise of new powers. The role of the United States, as the established political and military power in the region, is increasingly coming under challenge. But the United States itself was once a rising power in this region and the history of its rise may hold clues as to how the contemporary power transition might be managed through deft diplomacy.
Leading scholar in international relations, political science and public diplomacy appointed as Director of Studies for the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy at the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.