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Trump, Cruz and the road to Cleveland

Charles RichardsonApr 5, 2016

Donald Trump's chances of prevailing at a contested convention are pretty slim. But the alternatives aren't very appealing either.

Justice for genocide

Charles RichardsonMar 31, 2016

Radovan Karadžić, unsurprisingly, is convicted of war crimes. Why do we bother?

Words that kill: terrorism and "Islamism"

Charles RichardsonMar 31, 2016

Why "Islamist" is the wrong word to use to describe terrorists, and why some people want us to use it anyway.

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Parties, elections and political ideas across the globe from an Australian perspective

A European quiz question

A European quiz question

Charles RichardsonMar 30, 20163 Comments

Two groups of European countries. Explain what's different about them.

How to build an anti-Trump front

Charles RichardsonMar 26, 2016

Contemplation of an anti-Trump front reveals some interesting features of the Republican Party.

Primary season moves west

Charles RichardsonMar 24, 2016

Another set of primary results fail to clinch the presidential nomination on either side. With 19 states to go, the contests are moving into somewhat different territory.

Presidential problems in the Americas

Charles RichardsonMar 23, 2016

Political crisis in Brazil raises thoughts about the relative stability of presidential and parliamentary systems – a question with obvious relevance to the United States presidential election.

Three years or four?

Charles RichardsonMar 19, 20164 Comments

Queensland's politicians want to give themselves an extra year before being accountable to their voters. The voters may not be so keen on the idea.

Fiji, and the enabling of democracy's enemies

Charles RichardsonMar 18, 2016

Julie Bishop visits Fiji, apparently finding no cause for concern in a military ruler approaching ten years in office. And we wonder why voters seem to be giving up on democracy.

(The beginning of) the end of the beginning

Charles RichardsonMar 16, 2016

Another big day of primaries in the United States. It's the end of the line for Marco Rubio, and it could be the day that will make Donald Trump all but unbeatable.