A regular feature. This month, electoral news from Samoa, Ethiopia, Chad and Bulgaria.
Negotiations in Israel are centred on the possibility of avoiding a fifth straight election. But the Palestinians have the opposite problem.
Two hundred years on from the death of Napoleon, his legacy has never ceased to be a live political question in France. Emmanuel Macron is the latest to try to deal with it.
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.