Adaptability has become the key term for Australian diplomats of the 1990's and beyond. Traditionally, diplomacy has been seen as the tool by which nations communicated with each other within a common language, and with which they could head off potential conflicts between states. While conflict between Australia and states in our immediate region is unlikely, Australian diplomats posted in South and East Asian nations over the last two years, for example, have nonetheless had to adapt to rapidly changing political conditions.
"Australia and the 'New Diplomacy',"
Culture Mandala: The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies: Vol. 3
, Article 5.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/cm/vol3/iss1/5