What is a country?

January 18, 2018

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

2017 in review

January 2, 2018 3

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

Election preview: Japan

October 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

October 20, 2017

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

Oh dear, it’s North Korea again

August 14, 2017 3

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

EOFY election roundup

June 30, 2017 1

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

July 15, 2016

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

Another dictator’s daughter in the lead

April 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

January 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.