Research APCD exists to promote and advance research in diplomacy. It seeks to foster a wide range of approaches to research, much of it interdisciplinary. As the only such institute in the southern hemisphere, APCD serves as the focal point for diplomacy research at the Australian National University (ANU) – convening seminars and conferences, hosting visiting scholars, and organizing externally funded research projects as well as short courses for practitioners.
There are currently five main research themes which involve a mixture of major research programmes, other externally-funded research projects, and the individual research of faculty and research fellows. These are:
- Diplomacy and Global Order
- Diplomacy and the Transition of Conflict
- Global Peacemaking and Peacekeeping
- Strategic Diplomacy
- Science Diplomacy
All of this work combines serious engagement with processes of change and emerging patterns of conflict and cooperation on the one hand with an emphasis on the still critical role of states on the other.
APCD entertains close links with related centres at ANU and collaborates with a network of similar centres across the world.
The work of APCD is closely tied to outstandingly successful graduate and executive programs, which informs its teaching.