April 17, 2018 36
Who are the baddies? Who are the goodies? Are there any goodies at all in this horrifying locus in which even allies clash?
April 17, 2018 9
Is there any likelihood that the Atlantic alliance really wants Assad removed? It seems unlikely, considering they wouldn't know how to replace him.
April 16, 2018 49
Western military attacks on Syria's chemical weapons sites serve little purpose, are entirely incoherent, and part of profoundly flawed interventionist urge that plays out as ritual that may as well be fake.
April 12, 2018 7
Overnight, the president tweeted that Russia should "get ready" for "nice new 'smart'" missiles. Just what stands between Trump and all out war?
April 12, 2018 28
As Trump contends with forever-mounting pressure at home, his already feeble hold on the Middle East continues to slacken.
April 10, 2018 24
Syria and the state of the US' economy represent two key challenges for Trump in the short term. If only the president had any power to address such things ...
February 13, 2018 5
This is about much more than a downed jet.
January 18, 2018 6
The long-anticipated Turkish invasion of Kurdistan is looking like it will soon be a reality, set to mark a new relationship with the US, which has been backing Kurdish fighters for years. And that's not the only aftershock the region will feel, writes Professor Damien Kingsbury.
November 10, 2017
Good morning, early birds. Islamic State loses its foothold in Syria, and Coalition conservatives hatch a plan to delay a marriage equality vote in parliament. Plus, activist group GetUp has released pictures and video from inside the Manus detention centre. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
July 31, 2017 10
The area Derryn Hinch was in is on the Australian government's official no-go list for tourists, but he was there as part of a parliamentary delegation with Save the Children.
July 3, 2017 10
Should we worry about Syria? Islamic State? Qatar? Saudi Arabia? Yes, but that does not mean total war is imminent.
April 18, 2017 6
Between Trump and Putin, only one is widely believed to be paranoid, volatile, shallow, and a morally compromised individual, writes ANU public policy professor Ramesh Thakur.
April 12, 2017 12
Is there a way for Donald Trump to institute regime change in Syria while still saving face?
April 11, 2017 10
Bashar al-Assad has never shown that he cares how long the war lasts and how many more die in agonising circumstances, writes former Australian ambassador in Syria Ross Burns.
April 11, 2017 3
Want to know what (or rather, who) Russian President Vladimir Putin is truly scared of?
April 10, 2017 28
There is very little else Trump could have done, as far as domestic politics goes, other than hit back after a chemical attack.
April 10, 2017 16
The one constant in Donald Trump's policy confusion is his craving for establishment love.
April 6, 2017 27
Donald Trump says Syria has crossed "many lines" with use of chemical weapons, but what will he actually do about it?
January 30, 2017 44
Protesting at the airport is not going to work, and it is not going to win you any hearts and minds.
January 23, 2017
First labelled the sick man of Europe in 1853, Turkey seems again headed for catastrophe, writes Melbourne-based writer Ender Baskan.