Category: DFAT Blog

My first visit to the Happy Isles – Reflections on Solomon Islands

     By Hon Dr Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls I am just back from the Solomon Islands. What a privilege it was to be there at this significant time, as the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) comes to a close – after 14 years – and reflects on the peace...

Empowered women for stronger communities: a story from rural Serbia

  By Ms Julia Feeny, Australia’s Ambassador to Serbia From the beginning of my appointment in Serbia I have had the pleasure of meeting many brave and talented women—women with great but untapped potential. Although Serbia is a European country, the sanctions of the 1990s and poor growth since have had a devastating effect on the quality...

Digital Diplomacy: are we the champions?

Last year, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs brought together an interesting bunch of people from around the world, and me, to discuss digital diplomacy.  I found myself speaking second on a panel.  The first speaker announced the publication of the Digital Diplomacy Review 2016, ranking foreign ministries around the world.  The United Kingdom was top. It...

Diplomacy – one tweet at a time

‘Blog first appeared on The State of Digital Diplomacy 2016‘ Alison Daniels FCO Digital Team “Diplomacy is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip (103 characters).” The famous quote by Churchill is not just pithy aside it’s also an almost perfectly tweetable line....

A Day in the Life of Australia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan: Richard Feakes

 By Richard Feakes, Australia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan My day starts in the same way as any other Australian office worker — I reach for my suit, tie and shoes.  Only in Afghanistan, I have to add another layer — heavy body armour. All officers working in Australia’s Embassy in Afghanistan need to think about security all the...