The Shangri-La dialogue has grown to be one of the biggest strategic gatherings in the world. Attending such a large conference was exciting – the energy and buzz in the room was palpable and it was amazing being part of the journey of the conference as it built a shared understanding of key themes and regional challenges.
In 2013, as a young Indigenous beach-loving Queenslander, the thought of moving to land-locked Canberra for a graduate position was at first daunting for Emily Pugin. However she soon discovered all that Canberra has to offer- and has seen the world while she’s at it.
When disaster strikes, the world’s focus can lock into a region for a short period and then as quickly as it trended on the world’s headlines it is forgotten. This can lead to the risk that donors will fatigue or the political will is insufficient to stay the course until the job is done. This was not the case of Solomon Islands.
On June 30, Australia’s 14-year participation in, and leadership of, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) concludes.
In 2015, thousands of fishermen from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos were found on islands in Maluku province in Indonesia. These men had been trafficked into servitude, worked in inhumane conditions on fishing boats, and were then left stranded, without the means to care for themselves or return home.
The AFP plays an essential role in shaping and delivering the Australian Government’s international engagement agenda. Our international activities are critical to ensuring the safety of Australia and its people.
On a rainy day in May, a delegation of Latin American Ministers, diplomats and journalists exchanged the cool climes of Perth’s CBD for the expansive, blue skies and iconic red dirt of the Pilbara region. The new WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston MLA, joined them, as did our Ambassadors to Latin America and DFAT officers from Canberra and the WA State Office.