At its core, Islamic State’s runaway success is not down to its military capability. Rather, it is due to Iraq’s political circumstances.
There are three key reasons why success for the West hasn’t followed. Together, these reasons point towards an urgent need to shift strategy to avoid a stalemate.
Iraqi troops training with the US Army June 2015.
On the face of it, Iraq and the US Federal Reserve share little. One is a country plagued by division, war and mayhem since the US invasion of 2003. It is a brutal world where there are no friends, few…
An Afghan girl looks out of a damaged window of a shrine.
As the US slows down its troop withdrawal and China increases its involvement in Afghanistan, a warning that if the country is to see peace again, foreign meddling needs to stop.
US President Barack Obama speaks at the US-Africa leaders summit. The number of US programs and initiatives on the continent has grown exponentially.
Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya is a clear sign American military and economic involvement in Africa will continue to rise amid growing Chinese influence.
Australia’s reaction to revelations that its citizens were fighting for IS follows a pattern of intellectual and state fear-mongering.
If governments are to maintain public support for their military ventures, war narratives must be kept simple and consistent. The underlying message must not change: the West is always the innocent victim of terrorism, never its perpetrator.
Iraqi forces liberate Tikrit.
The US president admits he has no 'complete strategy' for Islamic State. He'll need one – this lot are no pushover.
Still a beautiful game?
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Russia sees last week's FIFA arrests as politically motivated mischief-making by the US. A UEFA boycott would add to this paranoia.
Containment or engagement?
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The irony is that Chinese misunderstanding of America's motives may lead Washington to reconsider its policy of engagement – to China's detriment.
Japan and the US are taking no chances.
Japan has spent decades proudly staying out of military matters, but China's maritime belligerence has changed all that.
U.S. President Barack Obama listens to British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The decisive Conservative victory in the UK may deal a blow to the "special relationship" with the United States on issues of global defense and security.
Cuba’s pivot to the US is a signal to the region that its experiment with old-fashioned socialism will come to an end.
The historic warming of US-Cuban relations offers new opportunity for American entrepreneurs and Cuba's famously well-educated people – but it isn't good news for Latin American socialists.
The Vietnam War memorial in Washington DC.
The US government prefers to remember the Vietnam War with a sanitised official account – and to overlook the suffering that still goes on today.
Smokescreen? A Saudi air strike in Sanaa.
Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen has had unclear strategic consequences and a terrible humanitarian cost. But does anyone believe it's really over?
The letter’s author - freshman Senator Tom Cotton - fitting right in
This week’s open declaration of hostility by 47 Republican senators to any US agreement with Iran has generated much handwringing about the state of American domestic politics. The tone and manner of their…
LBJ and his troops in Vietnam.
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Fifty years ago Lyndon Johnson made the decision to Americanize the conflict in Vietnam. Why?
Voting for tomorrow
Last week the race for the Republic presidential nomination was kicked off in earnest by the Conservative Political Action’s annual Conference. Yes, they all, predictably, want to “save our country” from…
In this 2008 photograph, former ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert H Tuttle greets President George W. Bush. Prior to becoming an ambassador, Tuttle was known for his empire of car dealerships.
If you want a desirable ambassadorship, becoming a Foreign Service Officer and earning the relevant degrees – in other words, accumulating experience – might not be the best plan of action.
Political to the end.
As she plans her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is getting embroiled in the sort of influence-peddling fiasco that has dogged philanthropists for decades.
US Army members carry out an evacuation drill in Thailand during the Cobra Gold joint military exercises, which have gone ahead this month with a reduced American role.
The US is trying to play a careful game of not appearing to interfere in Thailand's internal affairs.
President Obama’s publication of his 2015 National Security Strategy on February 6th is the kind of event that generates great heat and discussion among a relatively small group of policymakers, pundits…