The battle to free Mosul from the Islamic State is a test of America's evolving approach to fighting terrorism abroad, as well as US credibility in the region.
Despite the isolationist notes in the presidential election, Americans prefer to remain engaged with the world, a new survey says.
The US and Russia are now so far apart on Syria that the US might need to take a harder line if it wants to influence events in Aleppo.
The Syrian civil war has been a humanitarian tragedy. But the moral compass of presidents is guided by more than just doing the 'right thing.'
Although six women entered the race for secretary-general, none is favored in the straw polls so far. A female chief could help empower women in key areas such as development, education, and health.
What stood out about the Iranian president's visit to New York was how much less strident US-Iran relations have become.
The US and Russia are pointing fingers over a faltering cease-fire in Syria. But there are forces that are compelling them to try to cooperate, too.
President Obama gives his last speech to the UN general assembly Tuesday. As president, he has dramatically changed foreign policy. But allies aren't yet convinced that's a good thing.
This year's General Assembly meeting confronts a counter-current of global resistance to helping refugees. Leaders who do act, such as Germany's Merkel, face political risk.
North Korea's nuclear test Friday suggests that the world's attempts to rein in the country need to change, some say.
The fight over the city of Aleppo is so important that it could recast the six-year Syrian civil war.
In the past, North Korea's attempts to threaten the region were seen as bumbling. But Monday's successful missile test is a sign that the world needs to pay attention.
President Obama, who arrived Saturday in China, will be cementing a key aspect of the US pivot toward Asia: expanding American influence in a region where China is increasingly asserting its role.
On Monday, the US met President Obama's goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees in a year. But it was not a broadly popular goal.
Turkey is invading Syria, putting pressure on ISIS, which the US likes. But it is also issuing ultimatums to the Syrian Kurds, a key US ally. The US reaction reveals its top priorities in the region.
Nigeria says it killed the leader of Boko Haram in an airstrike. It's a blow, but years of antiterror strikes have shown that there are other, more effective ways to counter terror.
US interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan got bogged down by ambitious goals. In Syria, Russia has kept it simple and is gaining in influence in the region because of it.
To achieve middle-income status, Uganda must cut its birth rate sharply and quickly, experts say, as well as foster educational opportunities for adolescent girls.
Around the world, as temporary refuge becomes long-term, the concerns and priorities of displaced people shift from survival to prosperity, and thus to education and jobs.
In the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, wary hardliners want to maintain their influence. Taking hostages is their tried-and-true way of creating leverage.
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