The US Republican Party faces a possible split over its attitude to Trumpism, and the voting this month in Congress gives some indication of where it might happen.
While American democracy is graphicly displaying some of its shortcomings, its rivals don't have things all their own way either.
A final set of election updates for the year, with news from Ghana, Romania, Israel and Kashmir.
War in the Caucasus yields a partial victory for Azerbaijan over Armenia. Russian support turns out to be of only limited value.
The situation in the Caucasus has worsened, with full-scale war between Azerbaijan and Armenia on the cards. Much will depend on how the rest of the world reacts.
The end is nigh for Belarus's Alexander Lukashenko unless he can draw on external support. It's not clear that it would be in Vladimir Putin's interest to provide it.
A fresh outbreak of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan threatens the stability of regional alignments and provides another lesson in the need for self-determination.
The scheduled date arrives for Israel to take step towards annexing (parts of) the West Bank, without much happening. This is no surprise.
Central European history is once again a factor in domestic politics. Meanwhile, there's another anniversary in the South Atlantic.
Controversy about James Cook offers a window into the way certain politicians can imagine themselves as supporters of national sovereignty while defending imperialism and colonialism.