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The 2019 Lowy Institute Global Diplomacy Index visualises the diplomatic networks of 61 G20, OECD and Asian countries and territories, allowing users to compare the most significant diplomatic networks in the world. The 2019 edition now makes data available across three years – 2016, 2017 and 2019 – and sees the addition of one new country, Lithuania, which joined the OECD in July 2018.
The original Index was released in March 2016 and covered 42 countries in the G20 and OECD. In December 2017 a second edition was released, expanding the Index by 17 Asian countries and Latvia, which acceded to the OECD in 2016.
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 country in terms of its diplomatic network against other G20, OECD and Asian players. 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 for any of the three years.
The data in the 2019 Global Diplomacy Index derives from a combination of sources, including desk research on foreign ministry websites of each of the 61 countries and territories, 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 2019 Index was collected between September 2018 and October 2019 in two phases. A breakdown of the data collection period for each country can be found in the full methodology.
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- Embassies and High Commissions*
- Consulates-General and Consulates, provided they are headed by a dedicated home-based head/chief of mission with accreditation in the host country
- Permanent missions and representations or delegations to multilateral organisations such as the UN, EU, NATO and OECD, which are headed by a separate head/chief of mission
- Representative offices or delegations to countries where there is no formal diplomatic relationship, provided they are headed by a dedicated home-based head/chief of mission
- Honorary consulates
- Offices which are exclusively trade, development/cooperation offices or cultural institutions
- Consular sections of embassies
- Consular branches or offices which are not headed by a dedicated home-based head of mission with accreditation in the host country
- Embassies or posts which are temporarily closed
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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