Despite the passionate for which they are usually fought, independence movements are rarely successful and their outcomes less than hoped for.
According to South Africa's department of international relations, Grace Mugabe didn't have immunity when she entered the country.
Catalonia and Kurdistan are both holding referendums on independence this year. But is it that simple to break free?
Under the Trump administration Africa is only likely to matter in the fight against terrorism and in providing American companies with economic opportunities.
While the full details of the much-anticipated Trump-Putin meeting are not yet known, it appears Donald Trump gained little while conceding much.
Trump and Putin are already bickering and with Erdoğan making a fuss too, the German Chancellor will have to play a blinder for the summit not to fall apart.
It's the end of the world (order) as we know it.
The comparison between ancient Athens and modern China, and Sparta and the US, through the Thucydides Trap, has its limitations.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called for an international cooperative effort to drive terrorists off the internet. How well have other global efforts to manage the internet fared?
For the first time in the dialogue’s 15 year history, the country most are puzzled about is not China.
The Chinese government has now clearly signalled its intention to assume a more prominent global leadership role through the Belt and Road Initiative.
A troublesome 'little brother' is exhausting the sympathy on which it heavily relies.
A thawing of tensions between the two superpowers seems as far away as it was under Obama.
While US officials have consistently maintained that American military domination is essential, a resurgent Russia poses challenges.
Great powers have always meddled in each other's business and struggled to reconcile their interests. Why are we convinced Russia is different?
Having moved so far from its origins in 1788, perhaps Australia Day should now be a celebration of Australian 'ordinariness'.
The new triumvirate leading the way on Syria has deep roots.
China's new freight train line to London is part of an increasing web of trade routes designed to boost the country's influence abroad.
The lack of respect shown to a senior civil servant working hard to make Brexit work is troubling.
The global agenda for 2017 is fiendishly complicated and hugely sensitive. Is António Guterres up to the task?