Saudi Arabia, to the surprise of many, chose China to broker its deal with Iran in March 2023.
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Saudi Arabia’s choice of China to broker its deal with Iran surprised many, but is consistent with its foreign policy agenda.
Opening the doors to Russia and China’s perception.
The setting was grand, so too was the plan. But behind the peace plan put forward by China and welcomed by Russia, is the question, what do both nations seek?
With no end in site to the Ukraine war, and the UN largely powerless, New Zealand now faces difficult military, humanitarian, diplomatic and legal challenges.
The Wagner Group has become a tool to further Russian objectives in Africa without attracting the scrutiny that regular military units would.
At the 2022 US/Africa summit US President Joe Biden will be building on the 2014 gathering convened by Barack Obama.
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Judging by the first summit in 2014, this one can also be expected to produce some concrete outcomes.
Paul Rusesabagina at the Supreme Court in Kigali, Rwanda, in February 2021.
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Rwanda has rebuffed international pressure to release Paul Rusesabagina, a man made famous by Hollywood.
The BBC would be taking a huge risk if it abandons radio news, when so many worldwide listeners depend on it.
President Uhuru Kenyatta signs a treaty integrating DRC into the East African Community in June 2022.
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Kenya’s new president needs to forge closer ties with regional heavyweights to create a balance of power that favours his country.
Russian soldiers patrol a theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 12, 2022.
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As Ukraine retakes parts of its northeastern region from Russia, the Kremlin continues to increasingly look to private military companies to fill in military power gaps.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, right, poses for a photo with Samoa’s Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.
The Foreign Minister’s focus on the Pacific is already beginning to pay off with new security treaties and increased military collaboration with neighbouring Pacific nations.
South African foreign minister Naledi Pandor hosts US secretary of state Antony Blinken for a strategic dialogue.
It’s unclear what practical purpose the drafters of South Africa’s foreign policy document envisaged it serving, and who its intended audience is.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during Taiwan National Day celebrations in Taipei last October.
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Is “strategic ambiguity” still the least-worst option for dealing with competing claims about Taiwan?
President Ronald Reagan, shown here speaking in Moscow in 1980, was an early adopter of neoliberalism in the U.S.
The word ‘neoliberal’ gets thrown around a lot, often with differing and even contradictory meanings. Here, a political economist explains the origins and evolution of this complex concept.
The right track? Foreign Minister Penny Wong meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang during the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali last month.
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Careful diplomacy rather than uncritical alliances will help steer a course through Australia’s foreign policy challenges.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L).
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Five essential reads on Russia’s relationship with Africa.
Independent? Helicopters rehearsing with a Taiwanese flag for Taiwan’s national day last October.
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Taiwan’s ambiguous position makes talk of war all the more dangerous
Joe Biden, then-Vice President meets with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in 2011.
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Joe Biden is set to make his first visit as president to the Middle East, during which he will meet the Saudi crown prince the US accuses of ordering the murder of a journalist.
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Defence minister Richard Marles’ historic trip sheds some light on the new government’s approach to national security matters.
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The Albanese government’s insistence on maintaining a booming coal export industry will hamper Australia’s comeback.
This election was a perfect storm for the Coalition, with fires, floods and international criticism dialing up the pressure for climate action. In the end, Australia made the decision for them.