I'm back from Scandinavia, with a fair bit of election news to catch up on. First up is Pakistan.
Another democracy in trouble, as the Pakistani government needs to counter the influence of its own military to win a second term.
A new feature: links to some recent material that readers should find interesting.
Sri Lanka's new president succeeds in getting a parliament that's less likely to show loyalty to his discredited predecessor.
Russia and Britain, for all their obvious differences, have the same sort of equivocal relationship with Europe: unmistakably European powers, but with interests and traditions that draw them elsewhere.
The psephological year kicks off with presidential elections in Sri Lanka and Croatia, both upset victories by narrow margins.
The successful conduct of an election in Afghanistan provides an interesting counterpoint to Tony Blair's call for a new intervention in Iraq.
India's election result would have looked very different under a proportional system. But in politics, perception quickly becomes reality.
Narendra Modi will lead India with a big parliamentary majority, even though most people voted for someone else. Don't expect the media to tell you such inconvenient truths.
India waits on results after the biggest election in the world's history. Exit polls suggest an opposition landslide, but perhaps shouldn't be taken at face value.