Foreign policy: The Democratic presidential hopeful  most steeped in such policy, former vice-president Joe Biden, hardly brings it  up. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty

Towards the end of an almost-great career, which did not include his dream assignment as secretary of state, the US diplomat Richard Holbrooke confide(...)

Samantha Power addresses the United Nations Security Council. Photograph: Manuel Elias/The United Nations via AP

“I’d never spent a long time thinking about symbols before I was in my UN role,” says former US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, on w(...)

Bosnian general Ratko Mladic and Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in April 1995: the term “ethnic cleansing” was coined by the latter during the Bosnian war. Photograph: Ranko Cukovic/Reuters

As the civil war in Syria moves towards a fifth year there have been calls for a Bosnian-style peace accord that would bring all players to the table,(...)

German-born US historian Fritz Stern speaks during a commemoration service for the 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by German officers

Fritz Stern has been an essential voice in German life for decades, though he fled the country as a 12-year-old boy. The historian, essayist and autho(...)