April, 2018

Recommended weekly reading

, Apr 18, 2018

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A new feature: links to some recent material that readers should find interesting.

What is a country?

, Jan 18, 2018

Appeasement of China on the travel front opens some interesting questions about what should count as a country.

2017 in review

, Jan 02, 2018

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A review of the big elections of the last year and the current state of the "populist" threat.

Election preview: Japan

, Oct 22, 2017

Prime minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a fresh mandate, and seems unlikely to have much trouble getting it.

A very quick election roundup

, Oct 20, 2017

An occasional feature. This week, Czechia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Catalonia.

Oh dear, it’s North Korea again

, Aug 14, 2017

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North Korea is staging its regular return to the headlines. Don't panic.

EOFY election roundup

, Jun 30, 2017

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As the financial year comes to a close, we tie up some loose ends on recent electoral news.

South Korea turns left

, May 10, 2017

South Korea turns its back on ten years of conservative leadership, and a peacemaker takes over just when he's needed.

World election news

, Jul 15, 2016

A roundup of election news from Austria, the United States, Mongolia and Australia.

Another dictator’s daughter in the lead

, Apr 14, 2016

The daughter of Peru's jailed authoritarian leads in her country's presidential election. Meanwhile, South Korea's president, with a similar background, suffers a rebuff at the polls.

A Taiwanese landslide

, Jan 18, 2016

A big opposition win in Taiwan brings risks of a more difficult relationship with China – an issue that the rest of the world can't afford to ignore.

What to watch for in 2016

, Jan 08, 2016

Twenty elections to watch out for around the world in 2016.

Is a Chinese endgame coming?

, Mar 12, 2015

A China expert offers reasons to expect Communist rule to run into trouble sooner rather than later. Australia, as usual, has its head in the sand.

We’re back!

, Dec 16, 2014

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World blogging returns, with news from Greece, Japan, the US, Moldova, Tunisia and Hungary.

A snap Japanese election

, Nov 20, 2014

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Japan unexpectedly goes to the polls next month, with a faltering economy and an electoral system that's already been ruled unconstitutional.

Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy

, Jul 20, 2014

Hong Kong looks like getting the universal suffrage that Beijing promised, but how democratic it will really be remains to be seen.

A tale of two elections

, Mar 11, 2014

Very different elections in El Salvador and North Korea, yet each in its way signals the triumph of democracy.

Maoists for democracy

, Nov 11, 2013

China's communists don't really have to worry about a rival political party, but there's an interesting moral in the reports about what a hard-line Maoist faction is up to.

Mr Abe gets both houses

, Jul 22, 2013

Shinzo Abe's government has won a clear majority in Japan's upper house. That should be good for stable government, but stable government isn't everything.

Election roundup time

, Jun 22, 2013

An occasional feature in which we summarise the latest election news. This week: Albania, Mongolia, Kuwait, Mali and Zimbabwe.