Charles RichardsonMay 19, 2017
Iran's presidential election has been an acrimonious contest between the moderate incumbent and his conservative challenger. But no Iranian president really runs things.
Charles RichardsonApr 18, 20171 Comment
Another victory for authoritarianism, this time in Turkey, but the closeness of the result conveys some hope for the future.
Charles RichardsonApr 8, 20177 Comments
A Palestinian activist falls foul of the federal government's highly selective concern for freedom of speech.
Charles RichardsonApr 4, 2017
Three generally expected election results from the weekend, although one of them was a cliffhanger.
Charles RichardsonMar 31, 20171 Comment
Three elections this weekend offer contrasting lessons on the problems of presidential government.
Charles RichardsonFeb 16, 2017
Courtesy of both President Trump and the "facts on the ground", Israel and Palestine seem to be headed for a one-state solution. Is it time to accept that outcome and focus on making it work?
Charles RichardsonJan 12, 2017
Portugal and Iran each lose an elder statesman. One brought democracy to his country, the other helped to edge it in that direction.
Charles RichardsonJan 9, 20171 Comment
As the centre-right backs away from the European idea, the Greens are picking up some of the slack.
Charles RichardsonJan 5, 20171 Comment
The season of peace and goodwill has produced little of either in the Middle East. But as a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians looks ever more remote, no-one seems willing to spell out the alternatives.
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