Although British troops will be gone by the end of the year, Afghanistan's future remains uncertain.
Supporters of the controversial fracking industry believe shale gas could be America's most potent weapon in the stand-off with Russia.
At some point the West's warnings will have to become deeds, part of the problem is they don't know which Putin they're dealing with.
Many British soldiers will look back with pride on their time in Afghanistan. But few, surely, will miss it.
With Crimea's parliament voting to become part of Russia there is a danger the issue will be settled while West still argues over sanctions.
As the EU meets to consider sanctions it's worth remembering that Ukraine might get its power from the east but it banks in the west.
Despite President Vladmir Putin's regard for Elton John, Russia’s gay community do not feel welcome in their own country.
For years Dagestan has been the scene of a separatist struggle. Now it is home to Islamist militants who have vowed to target the Games.
US Secretary of State John Kerry made a powerful plea to the divided Syrian opposition to join next week's peace talks.
The operation to deny Syria's Bashar al-Assad his deadliest weapons is delayed and deep in trouble, it has been confirmed.