June, 2018

Election preview: Colombia

, Jun 17, 2018

A left-right contest in Colombia puts in question the country's economic future and the continuation of the peace deal with its left-wing rebels.

Lebanon goes to the polls at last

, May 08, 2018

Lebanon's long-delayed general election is a poor result for its prime minister, but he may still contrive to keep his job.

Recommended weekly reading

, Apr 18, 2018

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

Remembering My Lai

, Mar 21, 2018

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

Good news and bad news in Liberia

, Dec 29, 2017

Another step forward for democracy in West Africa, but it brings reminders of a brutal civil war.

The Bolshevik putsch, 100 years on

, Nov 08, 2017

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Lenin and the Bolsheviks took power a century ago. Much blood has flowed under the bridge since then.

Election preview: Japan

, Oct 22, 2017

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

Self-determination, here and there

, Sep 28, 2017

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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.

Kurdistan’s turn

, Aug 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.

Charlottesville

, Aug 18, 2017

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Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.

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.

The war against Arab democracy

, Jul 03, 2017

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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.

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.

The Trump plan for Mid-East peace

, Feb 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?

Mr Putin cashes in

, Feb 06, 2017

Eastern Ukraine could be the first big test of just where appeasement of Russia will lead.

Democracy on the march in West Africa

, Jan 19, 2017

Conflict looms in Gambia over a contested election result, but it's likely to be very one-sided.

What does Israel want?

, Jan 05, 2017

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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.

Spain, eighty years on

, Jul 20, 2016

Spain marks another anniversary, but the lessons of the civil war have a special resonance this year for the rest of the world as well.

Disunited Kingdom, European Disunion

, Jun 29, 2016

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A look at the winners and losers from the British referendum result.

Justice for genocide

, Mar 31, 2016

Radovan Karadžić, unsurprisingly, is convicted of war crimes. Why do we bother?