The US has historically asked for international support when brewing conflicts in the Middle East boiled over.
Just because Australia has a strong relationship with the US doesn't mean we should take a similarly aggressive stance with China and Iran.
Energy-wise, the fallout from the attack on Saudi oil facilities has so far been very muted. The surge in oil production in the US over the past decade helps explain why.
Iran's goal is to sow discord and inflict pain on energy markets, while avoiding crossing a threshold that prompts retaliation from the US. This is a fine line to walk at the best of times.
Coalition negotiations begin in Israel after neither Benjamin Netanyahu nor Benny Gantz secure a majority.
Iran is being accused of 'hostage diplomacy' by resorting to incarcerating foreign nationals at a time when sanctions are crippling its economy.
There is so much more to Iran than politics. Its traditional music carries messages of beauty, joy, sorrow and love to the world.
As US national security advisor, John Bolton was too much of a warmonger for Donald Trump.
The Russians won’t be alone in spreading disinformation in 2020. Their most likely imitator will be Iran. Also, Instagram could get even more infected with intentional misinformation than it has been.
Saudi Arabia and Israeli in balancing act after strikes on Iran-backed militias.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison scored a precious invitation to the annual summit, but the meeting showed little promise of solving some of the world's most pressing problems.
Australia has committed to joining the US and the UK in a mission to protect oil ships in the Strait of Hormuz. But why is the Strait the source of so much tension between the US and Iran?
Tensions in the Gulf are a stark reminder of the choices ahead for the UK on security cooperation after Brexit.
Australia is expected to announce the commitment soon as US-Iran tensions remain high.
An international maritime lawyer explains whether Iran broke the law of the sea by detaining the Stena Impero.
A fifth of the world's oil travels through the narrow waterway.
After Brexit, the UK will need to decide whether it supports EU diplomacy or US militarism.
How Syria's tribes are being used by those both for and against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Nearly 50 years old, the treaty has been signed by 190 countries – more than any other arms limitation treaty. But now Iran is threatening to withdraw.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani staked his political fortunes on bringing Iran out of isolation. Now, it appears he's losing control to hard-liners in Iran.