Sanctions are making life increasingly difficult for ordinary Iranians.
Growing fears of a US conflict with Iran show why the kind of unilateral sanctions the Trump administration imposed last year don't work.
Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, salami, olive oil… Italian food is at the heart of intense diplomatic lobbying.
To defend traditional Italian products such as meats and cheeses – delicious, but often high in fat and salt – the country's government has launched an intense lobbying campaign to fight nutrition labels.
Pelosi has a quick word with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The House of Representatives speaker repeatedly said the UK can forget about a trade deal with the US if it fails to meet its obligations to the Good Friday Agreement.
A board for the Prussian wargame of ‘Kriegsspiel.’
Matthew Kirschenbaum/Wikimedia Commons
War games let you test your political and military acumen right at your kitchen table – while also helping you appreciate how decision-makers are limited by the choices of others.
The Wikileaks founder has been removed from the Ecuadorean embassy after nearly seven years.
Venezuelans have faced food and medicine shortages since late 2015. Now power outages have cut off water supplies, too.
AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko
As rival factions vie for control over Venezuela, many of the country’s 31 million people are suffering prolonged power outages, food and water shortages, and limited access to medicine.
Future Australian governments need to work harder at making foreign affairs more accessible to the public, such as better explaining the “Pacific pivot”.
Whoever forms the next government should increase investment in foreign affairs and trade, finding ways to make Australia more prominent in global dispute resolution.
St Peter’s Square, 2014. The Pope benefits from a wide popularity especially in Europe, but does it really influence people’ decisions on political issues?
Pope Francis has been a staunch voice for a world free of nuclear weapons. But should he be involved in defence politics at all? And how does the Pope's message resonate among the European public?
Architect and designer Florence Knoll Bassett poses with her dog, Cartree, in this photograph circa 1950.
Courtesy Knoll Archive
Knoll is best known for transforming the design of America's corporate offices. But she was also on the front lines of a State Department effort to promote American ingenuity and capitalism abroad.
Angolan President Joao Lourenco and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Johannesburg in 2018.
EPA-EFE/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin Pool
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has new aspirations in Africa in pursuit of his country's assertiveness in the global arena.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a 2014 press conference in Bahrain.
Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder happened at a consulate, a space not subject to the laws of the host country, Turkey. That means the alleged murderers did not fear interference by local authorities.
Honduran migrants at the border with Mexico in mid January. Many will continue north to the US border.
From Rahaf Mohammed to the fate of Syrian refugees and the US border wall – what 'migration diplomacy' means for world politics.
A police officer stands guard over the global elites who decided to make the trek to Davos this year.
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
The high-profile absence of several world leaders including Trump from the World Economic Forum has led some to suggest its influence is in decline. A philosopher who has seen Davos up close disagrees.
Fighting deadly diseases such as Ebola is a strong case for providing donor aid to authoritarian countries like the DRC.
Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power.
Relationships with China, the Middle East, India and the Pacific will be ones to watch in 2019.
Australia's international relationships were tested in 2018. And the coming year may prove to be even more challenging.
Bush with his team in 1991.
AP Photo/Ron Edmonds
The significant churn in the Trump administration has caused confusion in foreign policymaking. In contrast, Bush's presidency was marked by collegiality, which contributed to many successes.
Presidents Xi and Trump don’t always see eye to eye.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Despite agreeing to a ceasefire, the two sides offered differing depictions of their trade war truce that show a lasting peace may still be out of reach.
Indonesia is an underappreciated market for Australian services.
Indonesia is more important to Australia than many Australians realise.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrive for high tea at the Grand Garden of Bogor Presidential Palace south of Jakarta.
If their trade deal is delayed, this will not only create a huge loss for the Australian and Indonesian economies but also change foreign policy dynamics between the two countries.
Pik Botha played a central role in the intricate talks that eventually led to Namibia’s independence.
Pik Botha defended apartheid and South Africa's occupation of Namibia, but in the end helped end both.