Two elections and an “election”, plus more Trump and Brexit

April 21, 2018 1

This week's electoral news is from Paraguay, Turkey, Cuba, the United States and the United Kingdom.

A conservative crosses the floor

April 19, 2018

In the fascinating politics of America's Supreme Court, Donald Trump's appointee shows he has an unpredictable streak.

Recommended weekly reading

April 18, 2018 1

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

Remembering My Lai

March 21, 2018 1

One from the archive, as the Vietnam War recedes further into the past.

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.

OK, let’s talk about gun control

October 9, 2017

Stop worrying about the Second Amendment, and worry about the culture that treats violence as acceptable and makes guns seem like a good thing.

Understanding tribalism

September 19, 2017

Recommending a survey article on tribalism in American politics.


August 18, 2017 1

Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.

Oh dear, it’s North Korea again

August 14, 2017 3

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

Can you get rid of presidential government?

August 4, 2017 5

Events in Venezuela and the United States again cast doubt on the "separation of powers" constitutional model. Can it be reformed or replaced?