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.
Muslims pray at the Kofar Mata Central Mosque in Kano, Northern Nigeria. Liberal and fundamentalist Islam are in a contest of legitimacy in the region.
The debate around photos of two Nigerian Salafi clerics taken in London wasn't a trivial conversation about dress and recreational choices. It was loaded with symbolism.
Saleh had been at the centre of Yemeni politics for four decades.
Yemen now needs a new kind of politics where its people must be allowed to make their own future.
Lebanon is on shaky enough ground without a Saudi–Iranian proxy war to think about.
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
The Libyan warlord and presidential hopeful looks likely to avoid a summons to The Hague.
In the driving seat: Mohammad bin Salman.
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When is an anti-corruption purge not an anti-corruption purge?
Much more must be done to keep teachers in South Africa.
Policy needs to focus on making the teaching profession stable and more appealing. South Africa must ensure its locally trained teachers have more reason to stay in the country.
A kingdom under pressure is fomenting crisis elsewhere.
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (centre) is at the centre of the changes in the Saudi royal family’s approach to governing.
The latest arrests of princes, ministers and military officials in Saudi Arabia might be in the name of anti-corruption but it also serves to bolster the Saudi royal family's power.
An earlier get together.
Mutual benefits beckon.
The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain convene to discuss their common enemy.
There are strong signs that Riyadh has begun a campaign to promote regime change. But the Saudi strategy appears to be backfiring.
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An expert in artificial intelligence believes we're not ready for the challenges posed by Saudi Arabia granting a robot citizenship. Key questions about robot identity and rights remain unanswered.
The UK’s list of weapons buyers includes some dubious regimes.
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The UK has never ironed out the ethics of its role in the arms trade. Will the debate ever be resolved?
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Oct. 5, 2017.
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When it comes to foreign policy, Saudi Arabia has recently become far more aggressive. A historian of the modern Middle East sees three possible causes for the shift.
They see me rollin’.
Saudi Arabia is in deep trouble on various fronts, so an international PR coup surely can't hurt.
September 2017 in Nangarhar.
Suffering the daily toil of violence, with little chance of escape.
President Hassan Rouhani, here in parliament, is taking Iran to a new level of involvement in the Middle East.
Despite US threats, Iran seems to have emerged more powerful than ever, expanding its sphere of influence in the Gulf region and in the Levant.
Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God.
Each year, Muslims from all over the world go on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, known as hajj. A scholar explains its spiritual significance.
IIOC Masjid Omar AlFarouk
Muslims throughout the world will celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) beginning this Thursday evening. Here's an introduction to this important feast and its partner, Eid al-Fitr.
The international law on arms transfers is clear: suppliers are at least partly accountable for recipients' human rights violations.