Russia is a major global power in outlook and reach, locked in a values-based confrontation with the West. But it still lacks all elements of a developed superpower.
Was the early conception of IS a branching-out of the old Baath party? Or was it, as some argue, completely separate with no connection at all? Reality is probably a bit of a mix of both.
To avoid another refugee 'crisis' that would take the world by surprise, East Asia would do well to be prepared for an influx of people from North Korea.
The Erdoğan regime's move into northern Syria is being justified in the name of European security.
Over the past three decades, Turkey has launched countless operations across the Iraqi and Syrian borders, succeeding only in making matters worse for itself. This time may be no different.
Outside observers are keen to declare the Syrian conflict almost over. It is anything but.
Turkey's priorities in Syria just don't match the US's – and its increasingly authoritarian domestic politics don't help.
America finds itself in uncharted territory under Donald Trump – not least when it comes to climate change and Israel policy.
Putin has pulled his troops out of Syria before, only to put them back.
Lessons in military manliness and how to respect it have been a part of Syrian education for decades.
ISIS may have lost most of their territory, but it's important to be aware that ISIS can still utilise the Internet and social media to recruit people and to spread their fantastical propaganda.
The wars in Syria and Iraq are products of secretive decision-making by the executive. Their disastrous consequences are evidence of the need for war powers reform.
Since 2000, at least 16 people have died while incarcerated in Canada’s system of immigration detention, with a shocking four deaths since March 2016. When will the government act?
About 20 per cent of refugees to Canada are pregnant. Many of them are medically uninsured. It's not only morally correct to provide prenatal care, but also cheaper for Canada's system to do so.
What lies ahead for IS after Mosul, Raqqa and tens of thousands of casualties?
As Islamic State territory in Iraq and Syria shrinks, concerns are mounting about the number of foreign fighters who may return.
In Turkey, while many have left Syria to find asylum, most refugees are struggling to be socially and economically integrated.
Kim Jong Un's regime has already earned millions from the export of arms, missiles, drugs and endangered wildlife products.
Most Americans don't want the United States to be the world's policeman. Do the experts agree?
The president threatened North Korea and decried the decimation of the American middle class – but didn’t have much praise for the work of the United Nations.