Decades – even centuries – have gone into building the diplomatic protocols on which we all rely. Is all that work being undone?
Russia has decades of experience setting "honeytraps" for spies, diplomats, and whoever else it wants to embarrass or blackmail.
As his nominee for secretary of state awaits confirmation, Donald Trump is under pressure to explain what his views on Russia actually are.
The UK has to move on from these petty squabbles and start coming up with a plan.
Less than a year ago, Andrey Karlov's assassination would've been a dangerous diplomatic incident – but the two massive powers involved have all but mended fences.
An object lesson in seasonal geopolitics.
It's all very well to be intimidating, but China needs to win people over too.
The frenzied response to this year's most examined courtesy call played right into Beijing's hands.
'Little trick' or 'petty action'? The difference matters when translating what China really said about Trump's call with Tsai Ing-wen.
Football is becoming an increasingly important weapon in Britain's soft power arsenal.
A former British ambassador to Cuba, now a professor at Boston University, still has a few questions for the late Cuban leader.
The incoming Trump administration could do worse than learn from China in devising a new policy of economic engagement with North Korea.
Diplomacy between Europe and Trump's administration will be tricky, but not impossible.
The UN's Charter legally binds it to promote gender equality, but guess what: yes, it's a man again.
The UK plays a crucial role in how the European Union engages with African nations. Post referendum, political and diplomatic norms will have to be re-imagined.
The decision to review Hinkley Point C was carried out in a way that quite unnecessarily put Britain’s future relations with China in jeopardy.
Two years of marathon negotiations have finally yielded agreement in last-minute meetings in New York on the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at the Habitat III summit in Quito in October.
Vietnam is deeply spooked by the struggle over the South China Sea – but its friends in south-east Asia aren't so keen to stand up to Beijing.
'Soft power' has been spoken of a great deal in relation to Sam Dastyari's recent political donations strife, but it is often misunderstood.
This week's Pacific Islands Forum is the region's premier multilateral summit. But members have begun turning elsewhere out of frustration with Australia's climate negotiation tactics.