The 2017 Lowy Institute Global Diplomacy Index visualises the diplomatic networks of 60 G20, OECD and Asian nations, allowing users to view and compare some of the most significant diplomatic networks in the world. The 2017 Index expands and updates the original Index which was released in March 2016 and covered all G20 and OECD nations (then 42 in total, with 11 being members of both organisations).

The 2017 Index adds a further 17 Asian nations to the original 42, as well as Latvia, which acceded to the OECD in 2016. The archived 2016 Index is accessible via this link.

The Index’s interactive map highlights gaps and concentrations in diplomatic networks, and indicates strengths and weaknesses in geographic coverage and geopolitical reach. It ranks each nation in terms of its diplomatic network against other G20, OECD and Asian nations. Users can view the global map of networks, select and view individual country networks on the map, prepare side-by-side comparisons of networks, as well as see diplomatic representations city by city. The entire database can be downloaded below.



The data in the 2017 Global Diplomacy Index derives from a combination of sources, including desk research on foreign ministry websites of each of the 60 nations, secondary sources where relevant, and direct data exchanges between the Lowy Institute and the relevant ministries of foreign affairs, their embassies and consulates. The data for the 2017 Index was collected between January and October 2017. Full details on methodology are available for download below.

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This methodology is in accordance with two earlier studies by the Lowy Institute for International Policy in 2009 and 2011 which were the impetus for the Global Diplomacy Index project. Download the full methodology below.


* 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.


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