The evolution of US–Israel relations

The main source of change in Israel's current interests and objectives is its evolving relationship with the United States. During the eight years of the Obama administration, the two countries have clashed on a range of strategic issues, including the Iran nuclear deal and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The approach of Obama's probable successor – Hillary Clinton – is likely to involve more continuity than departure from his policies.

The Philippines: Duterte’s wilful start

A hundred days into his term, President Rodrigo Duterte has already asserted his powerful position, weakening the Philippines' longstanding alliance with the US and warming to China.

The United States’ Syria quandary

Following the collapse of the latest ceasefire, Obama is facing pressure to take more robust military action against the Assad regime. But the United States' military options are problematic.

North Korea’s fifth nuclear test

North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test on 9 September, and is moving towards mounting a nuclear bomb on ballistic missiles of increasing range.

A Nuclear Ban Treaty: prospects and issues

The UN is expected to authorise the negotiation of a treaty that would make nuclear weapons illegal. Despite little media attention, prospects for an agreement look better this time.

Libya’s faltering new government

The new UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has based itself in Tripoli. But the GNA is rivalled for national authority by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HOR).

Cyber conflict and deterrence

Major powers have so far exercised mutual restraint in the cyber realm for fear of precipitating uncontrollable consequences, but is this strategic ambiguity sustainable?

India and Pakistan’s evolving relationships with the Gulf

The relationships of South Asian rivals India and Pakistan with Gulf countries are evolving and strengthening. India’s focus has shifted towards security and defence cooperation, while Pakistan will continue to try to balance its relations with Gulf Arab states and those with Iran.