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MAY 2016




he Global Diplomacy Index

is an interactive site created

by a leading Australian think tank,

The Lowy Institute for Interna-

tional Policy. The site maps and

ranks the diplomatic networks of

42 countries.

All countries examined are

members of the Group of 20, the

Organization for Economic Coop-

eration and Development, or both.

Users can compare the reach and

strategic placements of posts around

the world by viewing spidery webs

of influence or points representing

individual cities.

The Index includes nearly 6,000

posts in 660 cities

and covers 3,936

embassies, 1,586

consulates, 303

permanent missions

and 98 other repre-

sentative posts.

Users also have

access to a set of

country rankings

showing which

countries proj-

ect the most diplomatic power. In

terms of number of posts, the top 10

countries examined are the United

States, France, China, Russia, United

Kingdom, Turkey, Brazil, Germany,

Japan and Spain.

Users can examine full rankings,

and compare up to five countries

or cities in terms of post placement

by embassy, consulate, mission or

all three. The map is just as reveal-

ing about host cities as diplomatic

networks, and viewers may download

a complete infographic listing the

statistics for each country.

—Shannon Mizzi,

Editorial Assistant

SITE OF THE MONTH: Global Diplomacy Index, the Lowy Institute:

campaign in Australia. In the 2012 elec-

tion, President Obama spent roughly $1

billion campaigning, whereas in Aus-

tralia’s 2013 federal election, the Liberal

Party spent roughly $24 million.

The lower cost of winning an Austra-

lian election means there is less pressure

on parties to obtain major private-sector

donations and, consequently, fewer prom-

ises of chief of mission positions in return.

As of this writing, all current non-

career Australian chiefs of mission

are either former public servants or

ex-politicians. None are campaign

donors or “bundlers.” (To learn more

about Australia’s Ambassadors, visit bit. ly/1NCmUqZ.) n

Briar Blount,

Communications Intern