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.
A final set of election updates for the year, with news from Ghana, Romania, Israel and Kashmir.
Israel's far-right government has lost a powerful friend with the defeat of Donald Trump, and the divergence between its position and the actual interests of Jews worldwide has never been clearer.
War in the Caucasus yields a partial victory for Azerbaijan over Armenia. Russian support turns out to be of only limited value.
Finishing our roundup of world election results with Northern Cyprus, Queensland, Georgia and Ivory Coast.
It's not just Queensland: the transcaucasian nation of Georgia also goes to the polls tomorrow, with a reformed electoral system and a revitalised opposition.