In the past week, the Biden administration has shown it is willing to back up words with actions in dealing with both Iran and Saudi Arabia.
In the long term the US still needs Saudi Arabia as an ally in the Middle East.
Joe Biden has said he wants to return the United States to the Joint Collective Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal.
But the window of opportunity may be closing.
The effects of the pandemic and recent engineering concerns with the new and still unflown Space Launch System may delay the Artemis programme.
Many Canadians see it as positive that Joe Biden's first meeting, albeit virtually, was with Justin Trudeau. Nonetheless, Canadians have learned over two centuries to be wary about their neighbour.
Words matter, writes an immigration scholar. It is far easier to deny the humanity of an 'alien' than to do so for a 'noncitizen.'
A recent survey conducted in eight European countries provides a snapshot of citizens' views of their own countries' leaders as well as those who influence the future of the EU.
The US president is sending a message to Saudi Arabia. But it might also find that negotiations with Tehran are tougher.
Research shows that when one country – particularly a powerful one – puts more women in power, other nations tend to follow suit.
The Canadian government needs to develop a national grief strategy to address the needs of its citizens during and after the pandemic.
Endless filibustering has paralysed the US Senate, and with it all of Congress. Will this form of obstructionism be one of the main challenges facing Biden, as some Democrats fear?
'Mind your manners' isn't just something your mother told you. Manners – and civility – are an essential component of how things get done in government, and the Founding Fathers knew it.
A decade ago, the lack of a clear policy by the Obama administration let the region down. But might US have another opportunity in the Middle East?
For once, centre-left economists are divided.
The president is calling for sweeping changes in health care policy. Tens of millions of Americans could be affected.
At the top of President Biden's foreign policy agenda are COVID-19 and climate change. He has also pledged to make diplomacy and multilateralism the primary means of US foreign policy.
From Vice-President Kamala Harris to Senator Bernie Sanders, voices were raised during the campaign for a more accessible US health care system. What can we expect from the Biden administration?
A new Morrison government plan sorely misses the point on electric vehicles. It's in stark contrast to Biden's ambitious EV strategy.
There were messages for friend and foe alike, but Biden was strangely silent on Brexit.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon