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Where is MIKTA heading next?

Where is MIKTA heading next?

PhD candidate Awidya Santikajaya article published in The Strategist.

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NEW Master of Diplomacy (Advanced)

NEW Master of Diplomacy (Advanced)

Looking for a postgraduate degree in Diplomacy that engages you in coursework and a substantive research component?

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Struggling to govern: Afghanistan's National Unity Government one year on

Struggling to govern: Afghanistan's National Unity Government one year on

Divisions within Afghanistan's Government put the country's stability at risk writes SRINJOY BOSE and TIMOR SHARAN.

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Turnbull: Any implications for Indonesia?

Turnbull: Any implications for Indonesia?

While early days, there are some signs that Prime Minister Turnbull is eager to reexamine Australia’s existing foreign policy stance, writes AWIDA SANTIKAJAYA and Prof WILLIAM MALEY.

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The Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy on a mission

The Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy on a mission

Diplomats from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal attest to the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy's capacity to deliver high-quality professional training to Australia’s friends and neighbours.

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Ruth Dobson Scholarship

Ruth Dobson Scholarship

Each year the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD) may award one scholarship known as the Ruth Dobson Scholarship. The Scholarship is available to one international student who is applying for admission to the Master of Diplomacy program offered by the APCD.

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Message from the Director

“… the idea of the future being different from the present is so repugnant to our conventional modes of thought and behavior that we, most of us, offer a great resistance to acting on it in practice.

John Maynard Keynes, 1937

Today’s world is marked by unprecedented complexity and uncertainty. Globalization, conflict, regional instability, technology, and the changing role of major powers will shape and challenge the world we inhabit.  Policymakers are increasingly faced with an infinite range of alternatives and uncertain consequences to choosing each alternative.  Diplomacy is the framework through which policymakers communicate, contest and negotiate solutions to govern these tectonic challenges.  At the same time, the global balance of power is shifting to the East and South.  Liberal institutions are no longer seen as the exclusive diplomatic framework to solve urgent collective action problems such as nuclear non-proliferation, climate change, and global financial stability.  In particular, Western liberal order is challenged by what has been widely dubbed as the Asian Century.

The mission of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD) is simple but profoundly important: to understand and explain diplomacy in the Asian Century.

As APCD’s Director, I am committed to advancing this mission and our position amongst the world's leading schools of diplomatic research, teaching, and training.  We offer our students extraordinary advantages:

  • Located in the Australian capital of Canberra, APCD benefits from direct access to key government departments such as the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Defence, and Treasury, amongst others. 
  • We are part and parcel of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, which hosts the largest assembly of cutting-edge regional experts in the English-speaking world. 
  • As the only such institute in the Southern hemisphere, APCD is in a unique position both to highlight differences in, and to advance new approaches to, diplomacy. 

The challenges of 21st Century diplomacy are not just intellectual; they affect the well-being of billions of people around the world.  Through our work – research, teaching, and training – we offer some solutions that will help to break conventional modes of thought and behavior and shape a future, which will be very different from the present.  Please join us in this exciting journey.

 

Dr Jochen Prantl

Director

 

January 2015

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