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Next Voices

What are the greatest foreign-policy challenges Australia faces? How should it respond to a trade war, or to Indonesia’s changing politics, or to southern Pacific rivalries? What role should it play in the Asia-Pacific into the future?

At Australian Foreign Affairs, we seek to encourage voices with unique perspectives on Australia’s place in the Asia-Pacific and its relationships within the region. 

Contributions must be 1500–2000 words and previously unpublished. Authors whose work is selected will receive AU$100 and a one-year print and digital subscription to Australian Foreign Affairs (valued at $49.99), and will collaborate with Australian Foreign Affairs editors to shape and refine their piece. 

Pieces could be on-the-ground reportage, commentary, analysis or even memoir. The only qualification is an engaging, accessible and thoughtful examination of Australia’s foreign policy and the nation’s position in the world. We encourage writers to avoid foreign-policy jargon and to appeal to a wide readership. See past issues of Australian Foreign Affairs or this extract as a guide.

Writers do not have to be foreign-affairs experts: journalists, academics, foreign-aid workers, policy advisers, students and other interested readers are encouraged to submit. We hope to foster and promote a diverse stable of writers from Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and to encourage discussion on foreign affairs that represents a range of views in the broader Australian community.

Submission for the next round will open on Sunday, 30 September. Please read the submission guidelines before applying. 

Through our Next Voices series, we look forward to discovering Australia’s newest and best foreign-policy commentators.

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Current submissions

China Dependence: Australia’s New Vulnerability
Submissions open: Monday, 30 September 2019
Deadline: 11.59 p.m. Sunday, 3 November 2019

Australia is the most China-dependent country in the developed world, and this poses potential risks to its future prosperity and security. China Dependence examines how Australia should respond to the emerging economic and diplomatic challenges as its trade – for the first time – is heavily reliant on a country that is not a close ally or partner. 

Some topics that interest us include:

  • whether Australia’s booming exports to China poses risks
  • how a China–US trade war could have an impact on Australia
  • how increasing Chinese migration affects Australia–China ties
  • Australia’s approach to foreign investment from China 
  • current and future security challenges facing Australia in relation to China
  • whether Australian universities are too reliant on funds from Chinese students.

Writers are also encouraged to develop their own topic in relation to the theme. 

Past submissions