December 29, 2017
Another step forward for democracy in West Africa, but it brings reminders of a brutal civil war.
November 8, 2017 13
Lenin and the Bolsheviks took power a century ago. Much blood has flowed under the bridge since then.
October 22, 2017
Prime minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a fresh mandate, and seems unlikely to have much trouble getting it.
September 28, 2017 1
Catalonia has no chance of getting a credible vote for independence this week. Kurdistan has already got one, but it's not doing it much good.
August 22, 2017
Iraq's Kurds say they're pushing forward with a referendum on independence, but the nature of their strategy remains a little unclear.
August 18, 2017 1
Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.
August 14, 2017 3
North Korea is staging its regular return to the headlines. Don't panic.
July 3, 2017 3
The conflict with Qatar is fundamentally about the possibility of democracy in the Arab world. That's why Saudi and Trumpian autocrats are on the same side.
May 10, 2017
South Korea turns its back on ten years of conservative leadership, and a peacemaker takes over just when he's needed.
February 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?