William Roberts

William Roberts

US State Department

After Tillerson, is Gulf crisis heading for a long 'cold peace'?

US President Trump had been at odds with Tillerson, seen as a 'voice of moderation' on key foreign policy issues.

After Tillerson, is Gulf crisis heading for a long 'cold peace'?

Donald Trump

Trump delivers politically divisive, nationalist speech

As US president delivers first State of the Union address, analysts say his achievements have so far been limited.

Trump delivers politically divisive, nationalist speech

Jerusalem

Trump's Jerusalem move: 'A blunder with consequences'

Analysts say Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a mistake with international consequences.

Trump's Jerusalem move: 'A blunder with consequences'

Donald Trump

Trump in Asia: Conundrum over N Korea's nuclear threat

Alarms raised globally over both Kim and Trump's unpredictability - and relative inexperience on the world stage.

Trump in Asia: Conundrum over N Korea's nuclear threat

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