Negotiations in Israel are centred on the possibility of avoiding a fifth straight election. But the Palestinians have the opposite problem.
This month our regular electoral roundup brings news from Greenland, Samoa, Georgia and Western Australia.
Counting is still going on in the Israeli election, but it's already clear that, as expected, neither Benjamin Netanyahu's supporters nor his opponents will have a reliable majority.
Israel's election tonight, the fourth in a series, is set to produce a swing towards the far right. But the most salient divide is between pro- and anti-Netanyahu forces.
Democracy is under threat in Armenia, but so far its prime minister seems to be giving a good account of himself, despite last year's military reverse.
A century on from its defeat and occupation by Soviet Russia, Georgia again worries about Russian influence and the fragility of democracy.
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.
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.
A quick rundown on the top ten elections scheduled for 2021.
A tumultuous year comes to an end with incumbent governments generally doing well and democracy managing to weather some storms.