It was by accident, not by design, that the UK avoided being drawn into the sectarian vortex of Syria.
The Afghan presidential election has been declared a success – but as the west finalises its pull-out, what the country's prospects?
President Assad’s Instagram account is one of the more surreal examples of the use of social networking in the Syrian war.
In France, 20,000 Roma live in extreme poverty with little or no access to basic services and face a constant risk of forced evictions.
Separatists in Donetsk and elsewhere are harking back to the 18th century territory of Novorossiya, as Moscow seems to be making moves to federalise Ukraine.
Why is Labour not yet talking about responsible capitalism in a global context?
Twenty years on, we still struggle to comprehend the trauma.
As Turkey goes to the polls, the televised speeches from rallies are far from polite.
Wendy Davis shot to fame in 2012 after her 13-hour filibuster to stop a particularly vicious anti-abortion bill. But can she convert that kind of recognition into victory in the race to be governor of Texas?
Europe should not underestimate the Russian threat, argues historian and professor of international relations Brendan Simms. We must show how seriously we take Putin’s assault on Ukraine by working towards unification and moral and military rearmament.
Good news for Ukip, bad news for Labour.
For most of his thirties, Cambodia's brutal dictator worked as a French teacher in Phnom Penh and his students adored him.
The former leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance talks about the fallout from Madiba’s death on the rainbow nation.
The events in Ukraine are Putin’s payback for what he considers to be a quarter-century of humiliation since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
There is egregious hypocrisy and unctuous sanctimony at the heart of western foreign policy.
If there was a time when military action could have protected civilian lives, it has long passed.
The world waits to see how far the fire that has been lit by Russia’s invasion of Crimea will spread in Ukraine and elsewhere.
The parliamentary alliance between the the centre-right and the centre-left means the increase in the number of eurosceptic MEPs will have a largely symbolic effect.
In the Ukraine, the Middle East and the eurozone, authority increasingly lies with elites, rather than elected representatives.
We need to boost Europe’s competitiveness, avoid a race to the bottom on skills and wages and ensure EU migrants contribute to our economy and our society.
There’s suddenly not much left of the independent media in Russia, even of what little of it there was left after Putin’s first two terms at the wheel.
In the US, beauty pageants are an increasingly popular way for young women to begin a career in public office.
Bullied and humiliated by Russia, seen as a strategic buffer by the US, Ukraine is riven by corruption and deeply divided. Can it rise and free itself?
Attacking women’s rights isn’t just a diversion tactic. It’s a bid for votes from cultural conservatives.
Now marked with Google doodles and special shopping displays, in the early 20th century, International Women's Day was a fierce, worldwide campaign for worker's rights.
Beyond the bluster and rhetoric, there is a surprising degree of consensus on the reforms needed.
Whatever the Kremlin apologists say – and regardless of the ancient historical and cultural affinities involved – there are few benefits for citizens of Crimea likely to result from their de facto annexation by Russia.
Why the former Czechoslovakian state, which gained its “Velvet Divorce” from the Czech Republic in 1993, is one of Europe’s quiet successes.
Ukraine's revolution has been an old-style uprising cut through with violence.