The agreement so enthusiastically received by the world is less a leap forward than a cynical act of self-preservation.
It is hard to imagine what a partitioned Syria would look like.
There is no guarantee that a partitioned Syria would create a more stable environment. Many Syrians would reject partition and would attempt to reverse it.
The latest attempt to broker a peace in Syria faces even longer odds than previous ones.
Can Turkey still straddle two worlds?
Turkey is the one of the U.S.'s most important allies in the Mideast, but recent actions such as the downing of a Russian fighter raise important questions about its reliability as a partner.
Israel’s land seizure of 154 hectares in the Jordan Valley will displace Palestinian communities.
Settlements are illegal on occupied territory. They undermine the widely acknowledged right of Palestine to statehood. Yet Israel violates international law with near impunity.
Islamic State propaganda lures both friends and foes into disproportionately focusing on the group’s strengths and overlooking its weakness.
Islamic State uses propaganda to coax its enemies into misguided politico-military and strategic communications efforts.
Barack Obama has become adept at welcoming new Australian prime ministers to the White House.
2016 will be a year of transitions in the Australia-US relationship. Against a backdrop of change are three important issues: the fight against Islamic State, China, and passage of the TPP.
The new era begins in earnest.
The sanctions are being lifted, the economy is opening up – and Tehran's conservatives are furious.
Uneasy allies. U.S. President Obama with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.
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.
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.
Iran’s Hasan Rouhani is back on the diplomatic trail.
The world's biggest powers have too much invested in bringing Iran in from the cold to let Saudi Arabia create chaos.
Saudi-Iranian antipathy on the streets.
The war of words between the Gulf's two biggest powers is hotting up, but they've been at loggerheads for decades.
Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 people has prompted global protests.
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.
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.
Syria and IS may have dominated the news this year, but the Middle East has plenty of other problems on its hands.
Iraq looks to have a good chance of retaking the capital of Anbar province from Islamic State. But what comes next?
Don’t worry, I’m sure the others’ll be here soon.
When is a coalition not a coalition? When you don't tell the founding members they're in it.
Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army in the town of Marj al-Sultan, Damascus.
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.
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…
A growing conflict and poor governance are both playing a role in the failure to protect Yemen’s cultural landmarks.
By pursuing their strategic goals in the region, the UK, US and an Arab coalition are indirectly contributing to the destruction of Yemen’s cultural heritage.