Australian Outlook


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

The editorial team publishes up to 10 posts each week throughout the year. Subscribe below via ‘AIIA Updates’ 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 five sections: Analysis, The Burning Question, Issues Brief, Fresh Perspectives, Interviews and Reading Room: Book Reviews from the Australian Journal of International Affairs. 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 on 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; however unsolicited pieces can be submitted.

Articles are around 800-1000 words covering any topic in international affairs.

The Burning Question

We regularly ask AIIA Fellows to respond to a Burning Question that has arisen in international affairs or Australian foreign policy. Responses can vary from a few lines to an in-depth analysis of issues that the question may raise. AIIA Fellows are announced each year to recognise exceptional contribution to Australia’s international relations.

Issues Brief

This section provides a short brief on topical issues that is currently populating international discussions including hyperlinks to newspaper articles, documentaries, interviews, scholarly journals and other sources.

Fresh Perspectives

Fresh Perspectives gives former AIIA interns, AIIA youth members, young professionals and other emerging scholars an opportunity to write a 500-750 word article covering a foreign affairs issue. For information for contributors see below.


This section includes interviews of AIIA guest speakers and other experts in their field.

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 book review editor Aakriti Bachhawat on

Information for Contributors

If you are interested in contributing to Australian Outlook, please email your idea or contribution to

Submissions should be in line with Australian Outlook Style Guide.


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