Nick O Malley on Pakistan

Iraq's long shadow over Syrian strikes

Nick O'Malley You did not have to look far this past fortnight for criticism of Barack Obama's handling of the crisis in Syria, but perhaps the Republican Senator Bob Corker has been the most evocative.

Obama tries NATO fix for Afghanistan security

chicago protest

Roxana Tiron and Nick O'malley US President Barack Obama today faces the task of persuading financially pressed European governments and their war-weary citizens to back Afghanistan's security over the next decade.

Afghanistan deadline splits NATO members

France's decision to pull out of Afghanistan has angered other countries.

Nick O'Malley Tension over France's decision to pull its troops spilt into public view on the first day of NATO meetings.

Allies slow to pledge funds for Afghan forces

Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

By Nick O'Malley, Chicago Australia's $300 million commitment to Afghanistan's defence forces is beginning to look spectacularly generous, as far larger key NATO allies leave the Chicago summit having made smaller pledges, or...

World poised to eradicate polio: Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Nick O'Malley Bill Gates has congratulated Australia for its $50 million contribution to an international fund to eradicate polio, saying the world is poised at an historic moment.

Slick Obama puts rival on the back foot

Mitt Romney and US President  Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley PEORIA, Illinois: Barack Obama dominated the third and final presidential debate in Florida, aggressively deploying detail and sarcasm to portray Mitt Romney as inconsistent on foreign policy.