Iron fist: Duterte and the Philippine Air Force.
The foul-mouthed, tough-talking president of the Philippines is ironically a pragmatist on foreign policy.
Americans’ ignorance about Africa persists despite efforts by presidents Kennedy and Obama to forge stronger ties with the continent.
The time has come for developed nations to eliminate the large pockets of ignorance which exist in their societies about Africa and other peoples. Globalisation demands that people think differently.
The UK went into Libya with gusto – but ended up in a morass of mission creep and bad planning.
Trump during the Commander in Chief Forum.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump appeared in the 'commander-in-chief' forum this week. This roundup looks at what the experts have to say about our nation's biggest vulnerabilities.
Does Hillary Clinton have her own brand of American exceptionalism?
Is America exceptional? An expert on rhetoric examines how the idea has changed over time, and how Democrats are claiming their own version.
For Australia, the US election should provide an opportunity to rethink defence relationships, especially as they relate to nuclear weapons.
Is Australia's reliance on nuclear defence agreements keeping us on the wrong side of history?
Here they come.
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American presidents of all stripes have long prided themselves on promoting democracy abroad – but in the 21st century, security comes first.
Australia’s current public-policy space is too small to grapple with the huge geopolitical and environmental shifts underway.
Australia needs a clear bipartisan vision of its role in the world and a strategic agenda for the long-term national interest.
Former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki at Mbeki’s inauguration in 1999.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki remains a puzzle to many of his compatriots. A new book, ‘The Thabo Mbeki I know’, will help to understand him better.
Obama’s message while in Vietnam and Japan may be twofold.
Beneath the usual pomp and circumstance of Obama's weeklong visit to Asia lies a clear message for aggressors in the region. An East Asia expert from UC Berkeley reads between the lines.
Libya has become a case study for those who think the world should never intervene in national conflicts. Not so fast.
South African National Defence Force soldiers help to unload maize for flood victims in.
The South African military's capabilities for socio-economic development are questionable, even in its own country. The force is in critical decline, but is expected to aid humanitarian efforts.
Can Turkey still straddle two worlds?
Turkey is the one of the U.S.'s most important allies in the Mideast, but recent actions such as the downing of a Russian fighter raise important questions about its reliability as a partner.
Former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Both men had clear ideas about South Africa’s foreign policy.
Over the past two decades, it has not been easy for any country – let alone a newly freed one, like post-apartheid South Africa – to understand the rapidly changing world.
“Smile, everyone”: Turkey, the US, Saudi Arabia, and Russia at the table in Vienna.
With Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the US all at the table, Russia's benighted Syria plan may at last have a chance of success.
Is George Osborne deploying the 'Deep State' to secure a long-term nuclear arsenal for Britain?
“It’s not that simple, Barack.”
Russia's Syria play may have hit some snags already, but the US is hardly placed to kick up a fuss.
Under the assertive leadership of Xi Jinping, China won’t meekly accept the terms of closer engagement with Australia being determined by the US alliance.
The past two decades were years of sclerosis and decline in Australia’s once creative and agile foreign policy. A new course must be set to meet the challenges of exciting but risky times.
While Julie Bishop stays on as foreign minister, domestic political calculations might be less of a factor in policy if the government can put dire opinion polls behind it.
Australia will benefit if a Turnbull government pursues a foreign policy agenda attuned more to regional and global goals and developments, and less to domestic political challenges.
What J.K. Galbraith famously called the conventional wisdom is a powerful thing to behold. There are few better local examples than the belief that the military alliance with the US is vital for the security…