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.
Perceptions of hordes of refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos have damaged tourism. But the refugees are dignified people, not beggars. An initiative is needed to bring tourists back to the island.
France needs to find a place for Islam in its fiercely secular state.
Australia has agreed to expand its training work in Iraq to include not just the army but also law enforcement authorities.
Iraq's supposedly sky-high child mortality rate was a key part of Blair's case for war, and he was still making it years later – but it seems to have been based on a single dubious study.
What has the Chilcot Inquiry actually achieved? Here's what the experts had to say.
Iraq's oil industry is a window into the troubled period that followed regime change.
Oil wasn't the conspiracy behind the Iraq War, but it was always in the mix.
It is important to restore public trust in any future decision for Australia to go to war. For this, a system that provides better democratic accountability is essential.
Tony Blair insists to this day that his decision to go to war in Iraq was made in good faith. Does that make him any less culpable?
The Iraq Inquiry has found that the case for invading Iraq was far from watertight and made without proper care. Deception, however, is another matter.
Most of the country's 1,717 primary healthcare centres have no running water or electricity and the hospitals are ill-equipped and under-staffed.
Too many people still believe that Iraq collapsed because there was no plan for it; others think the West has learnt from its mistakes. Wrong and wrong.
British political life increasingly revolves around expensive investigations that make a fetish of looking backwards.
As the Chilcot report finally sees the light of day, the former leader's motives need to be seen in their full context.
As the Chilcot Report's release approaches, Iraqis are helping each other survive terror, insecurity and corruption.
Islamic State lost ground, Colombia got a chance at lasting peace, and the Pope sounded a liberated note on homosexuality.
Why is it that we want strong democracies for ourselves, but "economic czars" for others?
Fallujah has been an icon of Sunni resistance ever since the US bombed it in 2004.
Profit estimates have ranged from $4 million to $7 billion. But with the Paris attacks costing only $10,000, does a number even matter?