With Syria's Bashir al-Assad poised for defeat, what will replace his regime? It would be a mistake to blindly back anti-Assad forces with little legitimacy on the ground.
Egypt is being rocked by competing political forces. But to blame President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood entirely misses the domestic nuance of the situation.
After a senseless exchange of rockets and shells and now a vote in the UN, the world has seen a tectonic shift in how the Israel-Palestine conflict is viewed.
Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi's move to exempt his edicts from judicial review shows revolutions are very rarely tidy affairs. Genuinely democratic outcomes are only one -- and not their most likely -- outcome.
With Australia drawing down troops, the still-fragile nation of East Timor will soon be left to fend for itself. There are plenty of challenges for the country's ageing leadership ahead.
How will the key regional powers react to the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas? Deakin University's Damien Kingsbury examines the options.
With fair and free Burmese elections still a longed-for dream, can the Myanmar military be trusted to take the final steps in giving up power?
Australia is taking a substantial diplomatic shopping list to the Pacific Islands Forum, as the region is briefly catapulted into the limelight.
Australia's rebuilding of diplomatic ties with Fiji has taken some observers by surprise.Has Australia moved too quickly to still have any influence in Fiji’s proposed return to democratisation?