The Global Diplomacy Index visualises the diplomatic networks of all G20 and OECD nations, allowing users to view and compare some of the most significant diplomatic networks in the world. The interactive map highlights gaps and concentrations in diplomatic networks, and indicates strengths and weaknesses in geographic coverage and geopolitical reach. The Index ranks each nation in terms of its diplomatic network against other G20 and OECD member nations, and allows users to select and compare countries’ diplomatic networks, as well as diplomatic representations by city.
More information on the Index and further results of our research can be found here.
The data in the 2016 Global Diplomacy Index derives from a combination of sources, including desk research on foreign ministry websites of each of the 42 G20/OECD nations, secondary sources where relevant, and direct data exchanges between the Lowy Institute and the relevant ministries of foreign affairs, their embassies and consulates.
If you have further information that will help us keep this resource as up-to-date as possible, please contact us.
This methodology is in accordance with earlier studies by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, which were the genesis for the Global Diplomacy Index project. The Institute conducted major studies in 2009 and 2011 comparing the diplomatic networks of OECD nations with Australia’s overseas diplomatic network. Full details on methodology are available for download below. For the latest information on Australia’s diplomatic network, see our Australia results.
* For countries which are members of the Commonwealth of Nations, High Commissions are their diplomatic missions in Commonwealth countries, and Embassies are their diplomatic missions in non-Commonwealth countries.
Lowy Institute Global Diplomacy Index by Lowy Institute for International Policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at globaldiplomacyindex.lowyinstitute.org