William Roberts

William Roberts

Afghanistan

Trump's Afghan escalation and the Pakistan conundrum

As troops deployed, analysts say key to ending the US' longest war is navigating the rocky relationship with Pakistan.

Trump's Afghan escalation and the Pakistan conundrum

United States

US Senate narrowly approves $500m Saudi weapons sale

Critical lawmaker highlights 'humanitarian nightmare' in Yemen war as reason not to transfer $500m in bombs to Riyadh.

US Senate narrowly approves $500m Saudi weapons sale

Middle East

US senators push for strategy amid Qatar-Gulf crisis

American legislators express concern over intensifying dispute in the Middle East after embargo slapped on Qatar.

US senators push for strategy amid Qatar-Gulf crisis

Saudi Arabia

Questions raised over $110bn arms deal to Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump green-lighting weapon sales withheld by Obama over concerns about Saudi Arabia's conduct of war in Yemen.

Questions raised over $110bn arms deal to Saudi Arabia

United States

Decoding Donald Trump's foreign policy

US president's engagement with the rest of the world a mix of 'America First', domestic pandering and ego.

Decoding Donald Trump's foreign policy

Middle East

Donald Trump's Middle East visit: What to expect

Saudi Arabia arms deal, Syria's war and Arab-Israeli peace set to top agenda of Trump's first foreign trip as president.

Donald Trump's Middle East visit: What to expect

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Warnings of strife as Israeli PM embarks on US visit

Obama and Netanyahu seek to repair relations amid continuing Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Warnings of strife as Israeli PM embarks on US visit

War & Conflict

US steps up anti-ISIL action with special forces plans

New willingness by President Obama to take on greater risk in the Middle East met with scepticism among US lawmakers.

US steps up anti-ISIL action with special forces plans

Politics

US: Democrats clash over forward path on foreign policy

In the first party debate, Clinton and Sanders go head-to-head over the best way to tackle ISIL, Russia, and Syria.

US: Democrats clash over forward path on foreign policy

War & Conflict

Afghanistan: America's longest war looks to get longer

As the battle over Kunduz rages, US may be forced to extend troop deployment after 14 years of warfare with the Taliban.

Afghanistan: America's longest war looks to get longer

War & Conflict

Syria's brutal civil war to top US-Russia agenda

With Russian military entering Syria, is cooperation on the table as Obama meets Putin at the United Nations?

Syria's brutal civil war to top US-Russia agenda

Politics

Dust settles on US struggle over Iran nuclear deal

Despite political defeat, Republican hardliners continue to target President Obama and historic agreement with Tehran.

Dust settles on US struggle over Iran nuclear deal