In late July the infamous former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger referred to the "grave, grave times" the world is facing. Director of the Foreign Policy and Defence Program Ashley Townshend and Lecturer in US politics and Foreign Policy Gorana Grgic joined ABC's Geraldine Doogue on Radio National to discuss the biggest foreign policy issues at play over the past month.

Iran threats and the Australia's engagement with and focus on its own region loomed large.