Countries especially those in the US-led global coalition to counter ISIL now face a terrorist threat level that is higher than it was post 9/11.
Democrat John F Kennedy probably wouldn't care much about the allegations of Trump's sexual advances on women, but a man of his intellect would find him to be boorish and uncouth.
The three Presidential debates have now passed without one question being asked by any of the moderators on America's future relationship with Israel.
It takes a fair bit to rouse a long-retired and happily inactive defence analyst from his torpor, but the Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, has succeeded in doing just that.
Clinton’s no-fly zone over Libya proved disastrous and has already been rejected by Russia over Syria.
Australia has done nothing to support calls for an international commission of inquiry even though the Sri Lankan Government continues to persecute Tamils.
Daesh's calls for more lone wolf attacks – including with the use of knife tactics – buttress the larger strategy of utilising returning foreign fighters.
Both terrorist organisations have been the subject of many unanimous Security Council resolutions declaring them to be a threat to world peace and security – but all such resolutions have stopped short of authorising military action.
How can we watch Aleppo's systematic destruction and allow the daily massacre of hundreds of innocent women and children?
The surge of the far-right Front National (FN) since Marine Le Pen took over the leadership of the party from her father Jean-Marie Le Pen is often seen as emblematic of a new dawn for the FN.
America and Russia need to focus on resolving the common problem confronting the world in Syria – the defeat of Islamic State and al-Nusrah.
In many respects the world resembles the years preceding the Second World War: intractable conflicts, revanchist autocrats and a reluctance on the part of the Western democracies to use force.