With so many global flashpoints, and so little diplomacy, 2018 could be a turbulent year.
From an Australian perspective, shifting power in the Indo-Pacific will be of primary importance in 2018 and beyond.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1934)
America finds itself in uncharted territory under Donald Trump – not least when it comes to climate change and Israel policy.
A Russian plane delivers 10,000 AK-47 rifles to the Afghan National Security Forces.
Russia is pursuing influence in Central Asia and competing with the US. Afghanistan offers it a chance to do both.
Smoke from an airstrike rises in the background as a man flees during fighting between Iraqi special forces and IS militants in Mosul, Iraq, on May 17, 2017.
AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo
Ten months of data reveal some alarming trends.
A Helmandi policewoman is trained to load and fire a weapon in 2009.
Successful counterinsurgency depends on winning the hearts and minds of men and women.
September 2017 in Nangarhar.
Suffering the daily toil of violence, with little chance of escape.
Lock and load.
Without a legitimate government, Afghanistan will never be stable ... no matter how many terrorists are killed.
Donald Trump announced the new US strategy for the war in Afghanistan from Fort Myer, Virginia, on August 21 2017.
In Afghanistan, geopolitics are thorny, relationships are key and patience is strategy. The US president has outlined a decent plan, but can he see it through?
How will U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis handle America’s “Forever War’?
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Donald Trump's speech on "principled realism" in Afghanistan contained few surprises. Now, under the aegis of DOD chief Mattis it is the latest stage in America’s "forever war."
The man reportedly in talks with the Trump administration has a vision of setting up something akin to the East India Company in Afghanistan.
President Donald Trump has upped the ante in America’s longest-running war, but it is not clear whether an all-guns-blazing strategy will bring the long-running conflict any nearer to a conclusion. In…
An anonymous veteran described the Australian special forces’ culture as competitive, lacking in accountability, and focused on self-glorification.
We need to acknowledge that 'band of brothers' military culture has a dark underbelly – and that individual acts of atrocity might be a reflection of broader, systemic issues.
The rules of engagement regulate the conduct of Australian troops in conflict areas.
Unlike most domestic criminal law, the laws governing the behaviour of Australian armed forces apply to criminal conduct alleged to have taken place overseas.
Iranians watch a soccer match between Iran and Uzbekistan at a Tehran cafe last month. Compared to their neighbours, Iranians are not plagued by ethnic tensions.
AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi
Unlike its neighbours, Iran's different ethnic groups live in relative peace and harmony. Given terrorism is often spurred by ethnic conflict, will Iranians be spared further terrorist attacks?
The minority view …
Experiences of LGBT asylum seekers in Netherlands flies in the face of the much-vaunted Dutch reputation for tolerance.
Refugees or migrants? When it comes to children who cross international borders without papers, there’s no easy answer.
There are refugees, there are migrants and then there are the millions of people who live in legal limbo because they defy easy categorisation. But everyone is just looking for a place to call home.
Britain cannot sacrifice more troops in an unwinnable war just because it is a member of NATO.
Afghan workers clean the scene of a suicide bomb attack nearby the German embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 31 2017.
Migrants sent back to Afghanistan face a very grim future.
Demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, at a naval base in California.
REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
For-profit corporations are deeply embedded in US national security infrastructure – and they're not going anywhere.
Waving an American flag along 5th Avenue.
In past wars, taxes were increased to cover some of the extra spending. That's not the case for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the costs are adding up fast.