middle east June 17, 2017
Stakes high in the battle for al-Raqqa
With Daesh under mounting pressure in the battle for al-Raqqa, the group will be seeking new ways – in other locations and abroad – to uphold the caliphate and export terror.
middle east June 10, 2017
Paris accord with US may outlast Trump
May Day at the UK elections; Qatar cut off by Saudi, Egypt, Bahrain and UAE.
middle east May 20, 2017
Widespread dismay at Trump intelligence
Donald Trump’s “Russian Thing”, Syria’s “de-escalation zones”, China’s One Belt One Road initiative, North Korea and the WannaCry ransomware attack
middle east May 6, 2017
Trump plays low-key for Turnbull visit
Macron favourite in French poll; Hamas gets new charter; Visa changes upset India, NZ.
middle east April 29, 2017
Donald Trump’s grandiose Mexico promise hits a wall
China calls for US restraint; Macron and Le Pen into election second round; Turnbull committed on Afghanistan.
middle east April 15, 2017
Seoul searching as Trump, Kim face off
US and North Korea face off; Reaction to Syria’s chemical attack; Australia helps Japan with new spy agency: Novel ideas on Chinese diplomacy.
middle east April 8, 2017
Mosul after Daesh
With the huge rise in civilian casualties, the focus will quickly turn to restoring the locals’ trust in their government as the Iraqi army and US-led coalition forces drive Daesh from Mosul.