Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy

Negating the theory-practice gap

Putting theory into practice is what Lachlan King wanted after finishing his Bachelor of International Studies at University of Adelaide - and he got just that when he enrolled into the Master of Diplomacy at the Coral Bell School. During his short 18-month degree Lachlan completed four internships: at the Embassy of Egypt, the Embassy of Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA). Lachlan says that he gained insights into project management, when Egyptian Ambassador HE Mr Mohamed Khairat entrusted him with a task he was solely responsible for from start to finish. He also learnt how to write briefs for senior diplomatic officials and gave embassy staff a presentation on his thesis 'Data Diplomacy'. Lachlan praises the course 'Negotiation and Conflict Resolution' which hosts an intensive negotiation workshop that provides students with firsthand exposure to the challenges of managing conflict through diplomatic negotiation. "It was by far of the most rewarding course and it really brought to knowledge that I made the right decision to study here," says Lachlan. The Kioloa three day retreat to the ANU Coastal Campus was another highlight for Lachlan. "Being able to get to know my fellow cohort by the camp fire, and hearing from guest lecturers some of whom were former Ambassadors, public servants and members of the United Nations was an enlightening experience," Lachlan says. Lachlan now works as a research assistant for Professor Geoffrey Wiseman, Director of Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. In this role he is researching how to leverage Australia's soft power diplomacy to influence and counter negative perceptions on contentious public issues. His next project is to write a bibliography entry for Oxford University Press for 'Diplomatic Practices'. A few days after his graduation ceremony, Lachlan plans to fly to Egypt for an intensive Arabic language course. After that, he plans to volunteer for NGOs overseas, so that he can gather the proper foundation to springboard himself into an Australian Government Graduate Program.

The Francophone Africans: A Last Frontier for Australia

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.

Politics and International Studies at ANU jumps to 6th place in 2017 QS Rankings

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.

Diplomacy throws open its doors

Diplomacy throws open its doors

Gem from the Past

American Diplomacy, Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman (eds) a "Gem From The Past"

APCD alumnus, Dr Srinjoy Bose elected Durham International Junior Research Fellow and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow.

APCD congratulates Dr Srinjoy Bose on being elected Durham International Junior Researcher Fellow and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow.

The United States as a rising power in the Asia-Pacific region

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.

ANU welcomes Professor Geoffrey Wiseman

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.

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