Tuesday 21 Aug 2018 | 08:10 | SYDNEY
Tuesday 21 Aug 2018 | 08:10 | SYDNEY

Diplomacy ascendant?


Sam Roggeveen


2 December 2008 11:42

Back in May I speculated, in the most tentative terms I could find, about the beginnings of a new mood among Western countries for a revival of diplomacy as a tool of statecraft. One of the bits of evidence I drew on for this claim was New Zealand's plan to double the size of its diplomatic corps, but as Robert Ayson argued recently, that initiative may not be fully implemented by the new government in New Zealand.

Now, though, it looks like the cause of diplomacy is receiving a serious leg-up in Washington, with Barack Obama advocating...

...a sweeping shift of priorities and resources in the national security arena. The shift would create a greatly expanded corps of diplomats and aid workers that, in the vision of the incoming Obama administration, would be engaged in projects around the world aimed at preventing conflicts and rebuilding failed states.

Look for this debate to get going in Australia next year too, when the Lowy Insitute releases the report of a blue ribbon panel on the instruments of Australian international policy.