Indigenous peoples have a long history of conducting international diplomacy, from their relations with one another across the continent for tens of millennia, their engagement with peoples outside Australia, and their contributions to the current international political system.
What makes Aboriginal Australian international relations unique? Why in modern Australia are such approaches and worldviews important? And what can we learn from such unique ways of knowing, being, and doing?
Indigenous diplomatic practices have existed continuously on the Australian continent for tens of thousands of years, governing relations between A&TSI Clans and Nations as well as with overseas traders.
Michael Byrne is a Master of Diplomacy student currently undertaking an internship in Belize where the country will vote on referring its territorial dispute with Guatemala to the International Court of Justice.
Dr Yolanda Kemp-Spies, Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, has applied over three decades of academic and professional experience to draw much needed attention to the diplomatic relations of the Global South.