Recent years in Lebanon have been marked by protests against corruption and ineffective governance.
Syria’s demographics are markedly different to Lebanon’s. A power-sharing arrangement would be more difficult to design.
Central to Islamic State’s propaganda is the idea of a final battle between the West and the armies of Islam.
With such an even split among the public and political leaders, here are five reasons why now is not the right time to be putting boots on the ground in Syria.
The Turkish Embassy in Moscow under siege.
The downing of Russia’s plane by Turkish military forces over the skies of the Syrian-Turkish border has added yet another layer of complexity to the vortex of conflict in the Middle East. Most of the…
“I’m right behind you … hopefully.”
The British PM wants military action in Syria. First, he must convince a reluctant parliament.
In Egypt, the Great Pyramid was illuminated with the French, Russian and Lebanese flags in solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks, but most of the focus in the West has been on the victims in Paris.
Selective sympathy raises troubling questions. If you neglect suffering in other places, it is much more difficult to mobilise political actors to take it seriously.
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Environmental factors are important, but we must not ignore history and politics.
Cut from a different cloth: outgoing Ewa Kopacz (left) welcomes successor Beata Szydło into office.
With hardliners taking charge of the government and presidency in Warsaw, the migrant rhetoric is looking worrying. But how much will change in practice?
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Vladimir Putin has been proved right again as Western priorities shift from removing Assad to destroying Islamic State.
Violence has become a normal part of life in Somalia and some other countries.
A growing field of policy analysis now focuses on reducing armed violence. Remarkable consensus has emerged at high policy levels around the basic elements of an approach to reduce violence.
Twelve years after George W Bush proclaimed a new era of peace and stability in Iraq, the Middle East is more unstable and dangerous than ever before.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who the French authorities say helped plan the Paris attacks.
In the flurry of activity since Paris was attacked, the reasons it happened in the first place risk being forgotten.
A Free Syrian Army fighter carries a copy of the Koran.
Who is fighting who – and why.
ASPI executive director Peter Jennings.
Australian Strategic Policy Institute executive director Peter Jennings has strongly criticised the decision to lease the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company.
Assad meets French delegates in Damascus following the Paris atrocities.
The Paris atrocities came just as Assad's military position was improving. Can the dictator harness international fury at Islamic State to strengthen his position in Syria?
The task of identifying anyone fleeing a war zone, as many Syrians are, can be very challenging.
It beggars belief that there are people who have attached themselves to groups seeking to escape this barbarity. Their objectives are the very antithesis of those seeking sanctuary.
In the name of what?
The terrorists haven't attacked us because of our colour or religion, they want to destroy our way of life.
Islamic State is as resilient and effective as any terrorist group we've seen. How has it made itself so strong?
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John Kerry and 20 diplomats came together Saturday to seek a way toward peace in Syria. A former Indian ambassador to Syria believes good progress was made.
Australia recently extend its bombing missions in the Middle East to the skies over Syria.
Will the terror attacks in Paris impact on Australia's commitment to coalition military efforts to stop the spread of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after an international conference on Syria, in Vienna, from which Australia was excluded.
Australia – despite its major military commitment fighting Islamic State – was excluded from the Vienna weekend talks seeking a peace path for Syria because of an objection by Russia.