This month's roundup of world electoral news covers the United States, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and Equatorial Guinea.
India's Congress Party has a new leader, but it's far from clear that he can provide the dynamism needed in difficult times.
Mauritius highlights its territorial dispute with the UK, and a BBC report showcases the virtues of a free press.
Just as he's busy with a game of bluff with the west over Ukraine, Vladimir Putin finds himself distracted by a crisis in Kazakhstan.
The first of a two-part update on recent electoral news. Today Iceland, Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines and Austria.
Uzbekistan's halting program of liberalisation results in a presidential election that's not much improvement on its predecessor.
Afghanistan isn't the only place where an anti-American autocracy has picked up where it left off. Nicaragua has already been there.
Ukraine and other former Soviet republics are celebrating 30 years of independence, but their place in the world still has elements of uncertainty.
The Taliban reconquers Afghanistan, leaving 40 years of American policy in ruins. Could things have been done differently?
Yet another judgement goes against Britain over the Chagos islands, raising awkward questions about the west's allegiance to international law.