Australian Outlook


Australian Outlook is the AIIA’s national online showcase for high-quality analysis and commentary on international affairs. It provides Australian and international perspectives on world events and foreign policy by working with the leading thinkers and practitioners around the world, as well as providing fresh perspectives from emerging experts.

The editorial team publishes at least ten articles each week throughout the year. Subscribe below to receive the Australian Outlook email digest every Friday morning and be up to date with all the latest foreign policy debates and developments.

Australian Outlook content is made up of three main sections: Analysis, Fresh Perspectives, and the Reading Room. Each is described below.

Disclaimer: The AIIA provides a platform for debate and does not hold an institutional view on any issue in international affairs. The views expressed in Australian Outlook are the authors’ own.


This section provides commentary and perspectives on international issues. Articles are primarily sourced on a commission basis from a wide variety of contributors including academic, diplomatic, institutional, government, and non-government organisations. We also accept unsolicited pieces.

Articles are approximately 1000 words and may cover any topic in international affairs.

Fresh Perspectives

Fresh Perspectives gives current and former AIIA interns, AIIA youth members, young professionals, and other emerging scholars an opportunity to write a 1000-word article covering a foreign affairs issue. For information for contributors see below.

Reading Room – Australian Journal of International Affairs

It is sometimes difficult to know what books to read on international issues; thankfully, the AIIA has Reading Room, the online book review section of the Australian Journal of International Affairs. The books reviewed focus on international relations, development, security, and foreign affairs history, among other topics.

To suggest a title for review or to offer to review, please contact

Information for Contributors

We welcome independent unsolicited contributions. If you are interested in contributing to Australian Outlook, please email your idea or contribution to

Submissions should be in line with the Australian Outlook Style Guide.


All content posted with Australian Outlook is done so under a Creative Commons licence unless otherwise specified.

Comments or complaints

We take the views of our readership seriously. Although we do not hold an institutional view on any political issue, we will not publish discriminatory material or factual claims that are unsubstantiated or otherwise do not stand up to scrutiny. We will pass any complaints to review by our executive editor and, if necessary, our editorial committee. For all comments, complaints, (and praise!) contact

Values Statement

Australian Outlook is published by the independent AIIA as a relevant and significant platform for debate and conversation about international issues. Australian Outlook supports the AIIA’s mission to help Australians know more, understand more, and engage more in international affairs.  Australian Outlook showcases well informed, factually accurate new insights and perspectives on world affairs that draw on the experience and expertise of established and emerging a academics, diplomats, writers, businesspeople, and others across many disciplines and from diverse backgrounds.