Analysis from our award-winning international editor on the conflicts and political movements changing our world.
Nothing is happening by chance. If we characterise militants from Islamic State as simply barbaric and savage we are failing to understand their strategy or the extent of the danger they pose. Their cruelty has a purpose.
Some say the US and Europe should, while holding their noses, embrace Assad. That may not only be distasteful but also self-defeating: Assad has engineered this situation.
The barbarians are inside the property. The task is urgent, but the changes needed will take many months and years. Haider al-Abadi has an all but impossible task.
Heirs to a fascinating and idiosnycratic religion, the Yazidi community of Iraq has faced countless attempts at oppression, but its current plight could be the most dangerous yet.
There are so many different power blocs and interest groups in Iraq and Syria that it is almost impossible to predict where events might lead.
As long as Nouri al Maliki refuses to step down, the Iraqi government is doing no governing at all, let alone getting a grip on the military disaster to the north.
Remy Himmer was the director of a textile factory in Dinant, who in 1914 attempted to save the lives of more than 40 employees, including women and children.
Now 103, the last survivor of the German army’s most notorious WWI war crime remembers her father’s words: “If you don’t obey, the Germans will kill you.”
Europeans may think WWI is history, but people in the Arab world are still living with the fury and violence the conflict caused.
The fact that a Cobra meeting is being held on Wednesday is the reason the deadly disease is unlikely to take hold in the UK. It also explains why it has spread so fast in west Africa.