Regardless of which party controls Congress, presidents must negotiate their agenda on an almost one-by-one basis with each member of Congress.
A Democratic president can negotiate much easier with a Democratic majority in Congress than with a Republican majority. But being in the majority does not mean having the votes to implement anything.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama trade barbs during the 2012 presidential race.
Policy nuances often fail to stick in the minds of debate viewers. It's all about delivering the most memorable moment.
Is the British government doing enough?
Theresa May's proposals for curbs on uncontrolled migration are both unimaginative and disingenuous.
A display of life jackets worn by refugees during their crossing from Turkey to Greece.
The U.N. and other leaders met to discuss coordinating an international response to unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants. Two migration experts examine issues the summits left unresolved.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gives the EU the finger on Sept. 20, 2016.
REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr.
President Duterte has picked fights with President Obama and with the EU. His behavior is shaking the U.S.-Philippine alliance and stability in Southeast Asia.
Donald Trump has staged mass rallies in swing states in Florida as election day nears.
The 2016 US presidential race has been a strange campaign in many ways, but the swing state map looks very familiar.
Asia is home to the world’s largest known stateless group, the Rohingya.
Unless managed more effectively, forced migration will have permanent and intensifying negative impacts on countries across the globe.
Should Hillary Clinton win the White House the long evolution of Australia-US alliance should continue as normal.
US presidents over the past 25 years have had varying views of the alliance with Australia. While none have questioned its value, commitment has not been even across the board.
The next president will have a unique opportunity to mould the Supreme Court bench.
Ken Hammond, US Department of Agriculture
With three current Supreme Court justices aged 78 or older and one seat on the court vacant, the next US president may end up nominating four justices in their first term.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures to supporters as he departs a Sept. 13 campaign rally in Clive, Iowa.
The same forces that drive belief in conspiracy theories are the ones driving the rise of Donald Trump. So it's no wonder that, less than two months until the election, he continues to dabble in and promote them.
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.
Some Americans are fearful of allowing Syrians to resettle in the U.S.
The US has met its goal for resettling Syrian refugees in 2016, and will aim to take in 110,000 more in 2017. A migration expert examines whether fears of their arrival are well founded.
The US seems stuck in War-on-Terror mode even though reality has moved on.
President Barack Obama meets with Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell at the Oval Office.
As deadlines loom large for Congress, is there any hope for avoiding gridlock? A political scientist examines one common, informal way members build relationships across the aisle.
Insulting Barack Obama made the headlines, but Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks referred to a long and dark history of US interference in the Philippines.
Narendra Shresthma, Mast Irham/EPA
The people of the Philippines and their president know all too well the hypocrisy of being lectured by the United States about violence, human rights and democracy.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
Why would the Philippine president risk alienating an important and generous ally?
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.
Presidents Jinping (centre) and Obama (right) have ensured that the Paris Agreement now covers 40% of the world’s emissions, bringing it closer to coming into force.
EPA/How Hwee Young
Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, which languished for years, the Paris climate agreement is rocketing towards the threshold for it to enter into international law – leaving Australia in its wake.
Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Donald Trump gave a major speech on immigration this week. This roundup looks at some of his ideas for reform and explains what the experts have to say about this complex issue.
Very little of what Barack Obama promised to achieve in foreign affairs has come to pass.
Barack Obama assumed office in January 2009 amid public euphoria and high expectations of greater racial harmony and reduced gun violence at home and a more stable and peaceful international order.