Russia's president no longer has a friend in the White House, but his strategic aims, such as they are, remain the same. Joe Biden faces the challenge of how to respond.
A dispute at a prestigious American think-tank exposes an apparent synergy in foreign policy between libertarianism and Trumpism.
Marking the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune, and wondering if it still carries lessons for today.
A further volume of David Kemp's history of Australian liberalism casts more doubt on the Liberal Party's pedigree.
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.
Myanmar's military uses baseless claims of election fraud to seize power. It sounds much too familiar for comfort.
Yet another judgement goes against Britain over the Chagos islands, raising awkward questions about the west's allegiance to international law.
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.