With great clarity and logic, John McCarthy AO, former Australian diplomat, has outlined the three choices for Australian diplomacy – hard, soft or smart power.
McCarthy is concerned that Australia in recent times has used “hard” power and this can bring reputational damage.
He describes how “soft” power is often mistakenly seen as just culture or cricket.
And he concludes by describing the “smart power” option.
I am sure most of our diplomats and think tanks would agree – but can the politicians wake up to the harm they are doing to Australia’s international reputation?