About us


The Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD) exists to promote and advance world-class research, teaching, and training in diplomacy. While our outlook is global, we pay particular attention to the new dynamics arising from the shift in the distribution of power to the Asia-Pacific region. In a nutshell, our core mission is to understand and explain transnational diplomacy in the Asian century.

APCD seeks to foster a wide range of approaches in accomplishing this mission, much of it multi- and interdisciplinary. As the only such institute in the southern hemisphere, APCD serves as the focal point for complex diplomacy at the Australian National University (ANU) – generating world-class research on diplomacy, providing high-quality graduate and post-graduate teaching, delivering diplomatic training to practitioners, convening seminars and conferences, hosting visiting scholars, and implementing externally funded research projects.

Located in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) which hosts the largest assembly of regional experts in the English-speaking world, APCD is in a unique position to foster a common understanding that helps to bridge differences in Eastern and Western approaches to complex diplomacy. We prepare our students for leading positions in national government agencies, international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations, which all play increasingly important roles in complex diplomacy. APCD equips its students with the ability to think and work across disciplinary, methodological, and cultural silos.


APCD has already built substantial strengths in the areas of graduate teaching and executive training. As APCD now moves into its second decade, our vision is that by 2025 APCD will be positioned amongst the leading diplomatic research, teaching, and training institutions in the world. Realizing this vision will demand sustained effort, creativity and professionalism. Under the strategic guidance of APCD’s advisory board, APCD must take advantage of growth opportunities and achieve continuous improvement in quality across its three core mission areas of research, teaching and training.

Critical to achieving this vision will be the consolidation and development of APCD’s internal capacity, as well as deepening our collaboration across the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, the College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) and the University. To achieve our vision we must also strengthen our partnerships with key centres of complex diplomacy across the region and the world

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