Very little of what Barack Obama promised to achieve in foreign affairs has come to pass.
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.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Perhaps so, but let me add another 800 or so on the image above, which has cut through the media deluge like no other of late. The fact that we know the name…
Daily life for young men in Baghdad.
Skills that make young people employable should be a priority.
Jabat Al-Nusra goes its own way.
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When it comes to the Syrian opposition, it's practically impossible to separate 'moderates' from 'extremists'.
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In the space of two days, Turkey showed more diplomatic goodwill than it has in the last two years. Why?
From tiny seeds, an environmental solution was found.
A natural byproduct could clean up polluted and war-ravaged land.
What has the Chilcot Inquiry actually achieved? Here's what the experts had to say.
Oil wasn't the conspiracy behind the Iraq War, but it was always in the mix.
John Howard confirms the nation’s involvement in the war in Iraq in March 2003, a decision subject to remarkably little oversight by comparison to Australia’s allies.
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?
Tony Blair and his then-foreign minister, Jack Straw, in 2003.
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.
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.
Picking up the pieces.
As the Chilcot Report's release approaches, Iraqis are helping each other survive terror, insecurity and corruption.
Youth in Tunisia where protests broke out in January.
Five years ago, young people in the Middle East and North Africa led a major uprising with hopes for a better life. A University of Texas labor market expert explains why little has changed.
İzmir, Turkey's third largest city, is a pit stop for Syrians headed to Europe – but for more and more of them, it's becoming a home.
Syria's chemical weapons were supposedly all destroyed in 2014, but news reports indicate that nerve gas may have been kept back.
OPEC can’t stop the flow.
OPEC has been declared dead in recent months as the group of oil-exporters has been unable to agree on a plan to stabilize the market. But was it really ever alive in the first place?
Fallujah has been an icon of Sunni resistance ever since the US bombed it in 2004.
By striking deep in Bashar-al Assad's heartland, Islamic State issued a reminder that his regime will never control all of Syria.
Not everyone is impressed.
At first, it seems like IS has an image perfect for driving recruitment – but in fact, its image has very limited appeal.