Alexander Downer has seen the world at the very highest diplomatic levels. The longest-serving foreign minister in the history of Australia, Downer is now serving as High Commissioner, his country’s ambassador to the United Kingdom. Here, he provides his unique insights on global trade and the Asia-Pacific macro picture, the struggle against ISIS, Britain’s uncertain position with the E.U., and other important geostrategic questions.
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Alexander Downer, previously the longest-serving foreign minister in Australia’s history, currently serves as his country’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.