Russia votes on Sunday to elect another tame parliament for Vladimir Putin, although his party looks like having a reduced majority.
Last weekend's coup in Guinea is a lesson in why democratic backsliding should be taken more seriously.
Afghanistan isn't the only place where an anti-American autocracy has picked up where it left off. Nicaragua has already been there.
Ukraine and other former Soviet republics are celebrating 30 years of independence, but their place in the world still has elements of uncertainty.
The death this week of a brutal twentieth-century dictator reminds us of how routine his crimes used to appear.
There's an interesting and important debate over the Chinese government's intentions towards Taiwan, and it's unlikely to be resolved any time soon.
The Taliban reconquers Afghanistan, leaving 40 years of American policy in ruins. Could things have been done differently?
Donald Rumsfeld, architect of invasion and torture, dies peacefully and unmolested. The results of his work live on.
Armenia's prime minister puts his job on the line in an early election. Meanwhile, Iran's rulers look like securing a hard-line president and possible successor for the supreme leader.
After ten years of civil war, Syria holds what could only generously be described as an election, with predictable results.