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Uneasy allies. U.S. President Obama with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS

US–Saudi relations and the search for leverage

The U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia goes back to the 1930s. Here's why recent uneasiness doesn't mean it's ending anytime soon.
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter leaves Israel with business undone. July 21, 2015. Carolyn Kaster/REUTERS

It’s too late for a two-state solution in Israel-Palestine

Demographic changes have made the idea of a two-state solution obsolete. The Israeli population is becoming more religious and more conservative. That makes the army more difficult to command.
Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 people has prompted global protests. Reuters

Saudi executions: business as usual in a post-Arab Spring world

The executions on the weekend are notable for the sheer number of people killed. However, they maintain a policy of political crackdown that was reinvigorated in Saudi Arabia during the Arab Spring.
Gareth Evans, foreign minister in the Hawke government, brought an ambitious vision for Australia’s international diplomacy to cabinet. AAP

Cabinet papers 1990: the new world order that fizzled

There is little of Gareth Evans’ sweeping analysis in the cabinet papers of 1990-91 of a rapidly changing world order or of his vision of good international citizenship.
Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army in the town of Marj al-Sultan, Damascus. SANA/EPA

Door of Syrian peace talks still closed to Australia

Australia has again failed to secure an invitation to a meeting of the International Syria Support Group that is trying to find a political solution to the conflict.
AAP/Jonathan Raa

Has this been a good year for international relations?

My employers think I know something about the practice and theory of international relations. Perhaps I shouldn’t draw attention to my shortcomings in this area given that my university is currently in…

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