The National Intelligence Council works inside government but is little understood outside. Yet it has helped respond to almost all the major foreign policy challenges of the last 40 years.
Wars play a central role in increasing numbers of refugees worldwide. Is it time to think about a "destruction tax"?
Science fiction has made us vigilant of 'killer robots' in our midst, but they're far closer than many of us realise.
A new study looks at obituaries of private military contractors killed at war. The majority are white men with significant military experience.
Iraq beat the Islamic State. Now, its Shia government is jailing and even executing all suspected terrorists – most of them Sunni Muslims. The clampdown may inflame a centuries-old sectarian divide.
Keeping the water and power on, managing sewers and collecting garbage will help communities shattered by the Syrian civil war rebuild – and keep out the Islamic State, says a former aid official.
The US was once the dominant force in the Middle East. That old order has disappeared. Now the new powers are Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Russia – and the US needs a new policy for the region.
As a liberal democracy, Australia needs its own report on US torture in Iraq and has a legal and moral obligation to prevent torture.
The wars against Islamic State and al-Qaida show that military responses may seem to work in the short term but don’t change much in the long run.
The question is no longer how to repel all threats. Instead, it's how can we organise ourselves as a society to remain ourselves in the face of these multiple threats.
The recent parliamentary election in Iraqi may have been the most transformative of the post-Saddam era, a pollster from Baghdad and an American academic explain.
Many presidents have radically changed US foreign policy. Truman created his own doctrine. Carter gave up the Panama Canal. But a presidential historian sees danger in Trump's decision-making style.
The likes of Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Michael Hayden are correctly issuing dire warnings about fascism under Trump. But what about their own actions?
If journal editors fail to retract or properly flag data revealed as inaccurate, they leave open the possibility that it'll be cited for years to come.
Looting of Iraq's national museum began on April 10, 2003. At least half of the artefacts taken remain missing and disturbingly, the illegal trade in stolen antiquities has grown in the years since.
After the US invasion brought their dictator down, Iraqis' everyday lives were marked by chaos and violence.
Reportedly passed over for secretary of state because of his moustache, John Bolton has made it into Donald Trump's administration at last.
Coalition forces are careful about how they report civilian deaths. And we think war is painless, as a result.
The revelation that a Bosnian company had broken the arms embargo on Iraq unified three armies which had been fighting each other a decade before.
Why are Iraqi applicants for asylum in the UK treated so much worse than Syrians?