A further volume of David Kemp's history of Australian liberalism casts more doubt on the Liberal Party's pedigree.
Rival sorts of "populists" have lined up to support Mario Draghi's new government in Italy. If he makes a success of it, it could reshape the country's political map.
Northern Ireland's Unionists are making trouble over Brexit, reflecting the fact that it's put them in an impossible position.
The supporters of independence win a majority in the New Caledonia government for the first time. Change is on the way, although the underlying balance of power is not all that it might seem.
Mario Draghi agrees to try to form a government in Italy. He is technically well equipped for the job, but the fundamental issue is not a technical one.
Israel/Palestine returns to the headlines, raising questions about the nature of the right to national self-determination, and whether there are principled grounds for according it to some but not others.
Yet another judgement goes against Britain over the Chagos islands, raising awkward questions about the west's allegiance to international law.
In a rather counter-intuitive result of Brexit, Gibraltar is set for greater integration with Spain and the rest of the European Union.
Ten years on from the Arab Spring, Joe Biden has the task of trying to pick up the pieces of American policy in the Middle East. It won't be easy, but there are a few hopeful signs.
As Joe Biden assumes office, the most important thing for him and his supporters to understand is that Donald Trump did not appear from nowhere. The politics of which he is a symptom has a history and will not go disappear of itself.