With China renewing its commitment to territorial claims, and reactionaries like Donald Trump at the helm, the long-running South China Sea dispute could turn south very quickly.
The government's decision to try to appeal to Jewish voters by abandoning long-standing bipartisan policy on Jerusalem was cobbled together with no input from the Department of Foreign Affairs, which was left out of the loop by its own minister.
Donald Trump's behaviour at his summit with Vladimir Putin raises the possibility the Russians really do have something on the president, and he will pursue Russia's interests, not those of the West.
Crikey readers respond to our analysis of opinion polling and Turnbull's mess with China and the US.
It's the Lunar New Year, and hopefully a time for a fresh start for gradually darkening Australia China relations.
The recently released foreign policy white paper is an unusual mix of diagnostic science and conservative reluctance to name the diagnosis.
Despite the wrath of the China lobby, the government has dealt competently with China's growing militarism and attempts to interfere in the region, including Australia.
Another day, another WikiLeaks beat up. Guy Rundle dissects the latest headline which cried conspiracy.
Australians policymakers need to begin thinking through the implications of the Trump presidency: what if we can no longer rely on the United States for our security?
We should have a very clear and unromantic view of what we conceive to be the "national interest", writes former diplomat and law academic Andrew Farran.