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International Policy Engagement

Collaboration and engagement with
multiple end-user communities globally

The only true voyage of discovery ... would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is.
el Proust, The Prisoner, 1923 

“Strategic Diplomacy… should not be simply an analytical notion, but an important guiding principle for diplomatic practices. In the flux of today’s changing world, I am convinced that this type of endeavor is the one that is particularly needed for policy makers, diplomats, as well as scholars and policy experts.”


- Ambassador SHIN Dong-ik, President of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security of the Korean National Diplomatic Academy, 28 May 2016.

Since 2015, the Strategic Diplomacy project has collaborated with over 100 scholars and engaged closely with over 150 policy practitioners in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.


The project team completed two international research and casefile co-creation workshops (Korea, May 2016; Singapore, Feb 2017), with funding support from ANU, the East Asia Foundation, the Korean National Diplomatic Academy, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


Prantl delivered keynote speeches and workshops on Strategic Diplomacy at:

  • Forum on the Future of the Caribbean, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, May 2015

  • the 10th General Conference of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP) (Mongolia, Oct 2015)

  • the Moscow State University International Congress, Russian Association of Political Science, and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (Nov 2015)

  • African Union Headquarters (Addis Ababa, Mar 2016 and Dec 2017)

  • Rio Branco Institute (Brasilia, Sep 2017)

  • Joint Research Centre, European Commission; European Strategy and Policy Analysis System, ESPAS; EU Foresight Policy Lab (Brussels, Apr 2023)

  • International Security Forum and Future Lab on Strategic Foresight (Bonn, Oct 2023)


Prantl also conducted policy engagement with senior retired diplomats and scholars at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, Washington DC (Feb 2015).

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opening the 11th Jeju Forum in 2016

Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

Goh delivered keynote speeches drawing from the project at:

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore, Aug 2017)

  • the Australian Department of Defence (Jun 2018)

  • the 53rd Otago Foreign Policy School (Dunedin, Jun 2018).


She was also invited member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on International Security (2016-18).


Goh and Prantl discussed the applications of Strategic Diplomacy at the 11th Jeju Forum in 2016, an annual conference of high-level officials, business executives, scholars and activists, which that year included the UN Secretary-General and six retired Prime Ministers from Asia and Europe.

Key research findings have been disseminated to international business, academic and policy audiences using prominent publication outlets with combined reach of over 100,000 readers.


The project team has consulted with and trained policy planners and strategic futures planners in ministries of trade, foreign affairs, defence; prime ministerial offices; and statutory boards in Australia, South Korea, various Southeast Asian countries, the United States, Brazil, and Ethiopia. The Strategic Diplomacy framework has also been introduced to European Union, African Union, and ASEAN policy planners.


Presidential Palace, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


Evelyn Goh delivering keynote speech

at Otago University in 2018

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