A new feature: links to some recent material that readers should find interesting.
Appeasement of China on the travel front opens some interesting questions about what should count as a country.
A review of the big elections of the last year and the current state of the "populist" threat.
Prime minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a fresh mandate, and seems unlikely to have much trouble getting it.
An occasional feature. This week, Czechia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Catalonia.
North Korea is staging its regular return to the headlines. Don't panic.
As the financial year comes to a close, we tie up some loose ends on recent electoral news.
South Korea turns its back on ten years of conservative leadership, and a peacemaker takes over just when he's needed.
A roundup of election news from Austria, the United States, Mongolia and Australia.
The daughter of Peru's jailed authoritarian leads in her country's presidential election. Meanwhile, South Korea's president, with a similar background, suffers a rebuff at the polls.