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India and Multi-Alignment: Having One’s Cake and Eating It Too
The evolution of India’s foreign policy from non-alignment to multi-alignment has yielded dividends, writes Joanne Lin. The question is whether New Delhi can continue to 'straddle all sides and sit on the fence on key issues'.
Avoiding Divots in the U.S. Pivot to Asia
While the Americans have made noticeable progress in their “pivot” to Asia, the crux of successful regional engagement rests on Washington’s ability to work with and around China’s indisputable links and influence in this part of the world, while managing its own relationship with Beijing, writes William Choong.
The Hard-Won Benefits of Soft Diplomacy
Culture matters for diplomacy, and the world would benefit by learning from the success of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s “soft” Javanese style during the recent G20 summit in Bali, writes Kishore Mahbubani.
Embracing Vietnam’s Vision of Strategic Trust
In 2023, Australia and Vietnam mark 50 years of official diplomatic relations. Nguyen Khac Giang writes the two countries have an opportunity to take relations to another level with a broad agenda for cooperation built on Hanoi's vision of 'strategic trust'.
Challenges for the Pacific Islands Forum: Between cohesion and disintegration?
The Pacific Islands Forum is torn between competing influences. Honorary Professor Stephanie Lawson argues this will have consequences for the Forum’s cohesion.