The meeting between the leaders of China and the United States has rapidly become the gold standard for set-piece diplomatic extravaganzas. Xi Jinping and Barack Obama are, after all, the two most powerful…
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The West has condemned Moscow's ongoing support for Bashar al-Assad. But perhaps it is the least-worst option.
Iran’s nuclear deal promises an era of economic and, by extension, political collaboration with the West.
In both domestic and international politics, Iran’s ruling clergy is enjoying a much more secure position than previously.
During his upcoming visit to Washington, Muhammadu Buhari should soak up as much as he can about how to manage difficult economic conditions.
Muhammadu Buhari could learn some useful lessons from Barack Obama when they meet in Washington, particularly on how to get an economy back on its feet.
US President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated visit is aimed at forging stronger ties with Kenya and Ethiopia.
Kenya and Ethiopia need to use the media spotlight of US President Barack Obama's visit to showcase their various opportunities. The US and the African Union will also be looking to benefit from the visit.
At its core, Islamic State’s runaway success is not down to its military capability. Rather, it is due to Iraq’s political circumstances.
There are three key reasons why success for the West hasn’t followed. Together, these reasons point towards an urgent need to shift strategy to avoid a stalemate.
Iraqi troops training with the US Army June 2015.
On the face of it, Iraq and the US Federal Reserve share little. One is a country plagued by division, war and mayhem since the US invasion of 2003. It is a brutal world where there are no friends, few…
An Afghan girl looks out of a damaged window of a shrine.
As the US slows down its troop withdrawal and China increases its involvement in Afghanistan, a warning that if the country is to see peace again, foreign meddling needs to stop.
US President Barack Obama speaks at the US-Africa leaders summit. The number of US programs and initiatives on the continent has grown exponentially.
Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya is a clear sign American military and economic involvement in Africa will continue to rise amid growing Chinese influence.
Australia’s reaction to revelations that its citizens were fighting for IS follows a pattern of intellectual and state fear-mongering.
If governments are to maintain public support for their military ventures, war narratives must be kept simple and consistent. The underlying message must not change: the West is always the innocent victim of terrorism, never its perpetrator.
Iraqi forces liberate Tikrit.
The US president admits he has no 'complete strategy' for Islamic State. He'll need one – this lot are no pushover.
Still a beautiful game?
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Russia sees last week's FIFA arrests as politically motivated mischief-making by the US. A UEFA boycott would add to this paranoia.
Containment or engagement?
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The irony is that Chinese misunderstanding of America's motives may lead Washington to reconsider its policy of engagement – to China's detriment.
Japan and the US are taking no chances.
Japan has spent decades proudly staying out of military matters, but China's maritime belligerence has changed all that.
U.S. President Barack Obama listens to British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The decisive Conservative victory in the UK may deal a blow to the "special relationship" with the United States on issues of global defense and security.
Cuba’s pivot to the US is a signal to the region that its experiment with old-fashioned socialism will come to an end.
The historic warming of US-Cuban relations offers new opportunity for American entrepreneurs and Cuba's famously well-educated people – but it isn't good news for Latin American socialists.
The Vietnam War memorial in Washington DC.
The US government prefers to remember the Vietnam War with a sanitised official account – and to overlook the suffering that still goes on today.
Smokescreen? A Saudi air strike in Sanaa.
Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen has had unclear strategic consequences and a terrible humanitarian cost. But does anyone believe it's really over?
The letter’s author - freshman Senator Tom Cotton - fitting right in
This week’s open declaration of hostility by 47 Republican senators to any US agreement with Iran has generated much handwringing about the state of American domestic politics. The tone and manner of their…
LBJ and his troops in Vietnam.
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Fifty years ago Lyndon Johnson made the decision to Americanize the conflict in Vietnam. Why?