On March 23, United States President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he was removing H.R. McMaster as his national security advisor, and that John Bolton would take over on 9 April, 2018.

Despite a heavily partisan caucus, all sides agree that Bolton's rise indicates more unilateral US action.

Former Australian Ambassador to the US, Kim Beazley, spoke with Flavia Zimmermann from the Australian Institute of International Affairs in Western Australia about John Bolton, Trump politics in the Indo-Pacific, and its implications for Australia.


Increasing attention is being paid to the role public opinion plays in shapng foreign policy. Would US governments have remained in Vietnam, except for the humiliation of conceding defeat? How is the current American partisanship affecting the way Washington DC approaches the world? How can education affect the public's attitude towards international issues?

Dr Charles Miller, lecturer in strategic studies at the Australian National University, studies this intersection between public opinion and foreign policymaking. In early 2018, he spoke with AIIA National Office Intern, Zoe Halstead, about why it's important to consider public opinion when assessing foreign policy, with a focus on recent developments in the US and Australia.


Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury is the former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (2002-2007) and is widely regarded for his work towards progress for the least developed nations and in particular championing the rights of women and children in conflict and post-conflict scenarios.
AIIA NSW Intern Damian Meduri spoke with the Ambassador when he visited Sydney in November 2017.


For her AIIA Fellow's Lecture, ABC Presenter Geraldine Doogue spoke to AIIA for WA about the consequences of foreign affairs becoming water-cooler conversation. 

The lecture was recorded by AIIA for WA council member, Flavia Zimmerman, and was edited by Adem Kerimofski from the University of Western Australia .



In an interview at AIIA for WA, Australian Ambassador to Russia Peter Tesch told Natalie Myer that Russia is an important relationship for Australia, though in a different way to what it was 25 years ago. Counter-terrorism initiatives play a large part, but there is also significant economic potential in the relationship.

While the trading relationship remains influenced by counter-sanctions and import restrictions on the Russian side, opportunities are emerging in mining, education and infrastructure. 

Tesch is also Ambassador to Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.



On 7 August, the Australia-EU Framework was signed in Manila by Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. 

The document was negotiated over two years and is a legally binding agreement supporting cooperation between the EU-Australia across a broad range of issues, including counter terrorism, human rights, education and culture.

AIIA Director of Communications Annabel McGilvray spoke with Chairman of the European Australian Business Council about the implications for EU-Australia trade and progress towards an EU-Australia free trade agreement. 


Trump's campaign and presidency have been dogged by allegations of Russian collusion; reports suggest that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have received plans for lifting sanctions on Russia from Trump's lawyer before the election. If genuine alignment is possible, what would Russo-American foreign policy resemble?

Dr John Besemeres, an expert in Russian and Eastern European affairs, sat down with Neal Reddan of the AIIA's National Office to discuss Trump's unpredictable nature, his close ties with Russia, the potential for a new Yalta Agreement and Putin's KGB state.


In a presentation to AIIA Victoria in December 2016, Chair of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, Dr Trevor Findlay, talks about the triumphs and shortcomings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and suggests areas for overhaul and improvement. 


Professor Gordon Flake, CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, sat down with Flavia Zimmerman of AIIA for WA to discuss the potential consequences of Trump's presidency on Australia and the region, the president-elect's ability to take advantage of the media, Russia's strategic interests, the global popultist trend and much more.


AIIA National President and former Australian Ambassador to the US, the Hon Kim Beazley AC FAIIA, spoke with Brendan Martin of the AIIA National Office about what the Donald Trump presidency may mean for the ANZUS alliance and what it may mean for governance in the US.


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