Syria deal returns Russia to global centre stage
Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad has agreed to surrender his chemical arsenal, in a deal brokered by the US and Russia. But has America surrendered international supremacy in return?
Great powers lock horns over Syrian civil war
World leaders are meeting for crisis talks as the USA holds course for a missile strike that could bring it into confrontation with Cold War rival Russia. How scared should we be?
US targets independence in global scramble for oil
The USA is on course to achieve its long-cherished goal of energy independence by 2017. That could be good news for global stability – but environmentalists are dismayed.
Quarrelsome G20 summit ends in frustration
World leaders have been meeting in Mexico for the seventh G20 summit. The problems they face are dire. The solutions? Few and far between. Is the old international order cracking up?
Russian and Saudi arms fuel Syria’s suffering
As grim news drips in daily from Syria, it has emerged that both rebels and the government are being armed from abroad. Some fear that the conflict is developing into a ‘proxy war.’
Storm brewing as French president heads to Berlin
New French president François Hollande has flown to Germany for vital talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Relations between Europe’s two great powers will determine the fate of the continent.
Beijing threatened by test of nuclear rocket
A newly developed ballistic missile would allow India to launch nuclear strikes against the Chinese capital. As US power wanes, competition between the two Asian giants is heating up.
China announces surge in military spending
China’s defence budget for 2012 will top $100 billion, officials have revealed – an 11% rise on the year before. But should the country’s growing strength really be a cause for alarm?
Russia wants new power bloc to counter West
A new political union, announced by Vladimir Putin as a major goal for his next presidency, will form a Eurasian counterpart to the EU. Some analysts see this as a major geopolitical threat.
After the raid, America regains its swagger
With the killing of an old enemy, the USA has shaken off its crisis of confidence and reasserted its unique place in the world. Is this the start of a new American era?