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Blair, Iraq and Afghanistan

Blair, Iraq and Afghanistan

June 17, 2014

The successful conduct of an election in Afghanistan provides an interesting counterpoint to Tony Blair’s call for a new intervention in Iraq.

Algeria and the end of the Arab Spring

Algeria and the end of the Arab Spring

April 28, 2014

This disappointed hopes of the Arab Spring were on show in last week’s one-sided election in Algeria, writes Charles Richardson.

A tale of two elections

March 12, 2014

Two very different elections in El Salvador and North Korea both signal the triumph of democracy.

On tribal politics

On tribal politics

March 3, 2014

Must politics always be driven by tribal hatreds, or is there scope for a more constructive way of doing things?

Bangkok and Kiev revisited

Bangkok and Kiev revisited

February 19, 2014

The rowdy protests are still boiling in both cities, but are the similarities still there?

A new alias for Greece’s neo-Nazis

A new alias for Greece’s neo-Nazis

February 4, 2014

A slight branding change doesn't mean Greece's Golden Dawn party is changing its values, writes Charles Richardson.

French Socialists have more than sex to worry about

French Socialists have more than sex to worry about

January 29, 2014

French president François Hollande is trying to put the recent crisis in his personal life behind him, but that’s not the source of his political problems.

Ukraine: united and divided all at once

Ukraine: united and divided all at once

January 28, 2014

The ongoing protests in Kiev and other cities of western Ukraine are starting to raise the question of whether it can remain a united country.

To leave or not to leave: Catalonia’s choice

To leave or not to leave: Catalonia’s choice

January 21, 2014

The Spanish region of Catalonia wants to break away to form its own country. It's chances of succeeding are good, writes Charles Richardson.

Dissolution in Thailand

Dissolution in Thailand

December 11, 2013

It’s not clear that fresh elections will help resolve matters in Thailand, but at least it’s worth a try, writes Charles Richardson.

Britain, freedom and the EU

Britain, freedom and the EU

December 10, 2013

Freedom of movement is all well and good, as long as people don't come to Britain. Charles Richardson explains the UK's confusing stance on the European Union

The Merkel victory that wasn’t

The Merkel victory that wasn’t

December 4, 2013

Almost two months after the German election, Angela Merkel looks set to return as Chancellor -- there's just one final stumbling block, writes Charles Richardson.

Croatia rejects marriage equality

Croatia rejects marriage equality

December 3, 2013

A referendum in Croatia bans same-sex marriage, a result somewhat at odds with its recent membership of the European Union, writes Charles Richardson.

Liberals, Greens and a two-party system

Liberals, Greens and a two-party system

December 2, 2013

Data from the recent federal election indicates it's no longer a case of Labor v Liberal for voters, writes Charles Richardson.

Good news from the Middle East: an Iranian nuclear deal, at last

November 26, 2013

Iran and the international community have reached an agreement that will limit Iran's nuclear program. Charles Richardson examines what it means and how the deal came about.

Missed connection: Turkey brought closer to the world

Missed connection: Turkey brought closer to the world

October 31, 2013

The new rail line connecting the east and west will have interesting future political implications for Istanbul, writes Charles Richardson.

When in doubt, vote no

When in doubt, vote no

October 8, 2013

Irish voters decide to keep their Senate after all, writes Charles Richardson. Meanwhile, British politicians are arguing about giving their voters the opportunity to decide whether to keep EU membership.

See ya later, Senate — could it happen in Australia?

See ya later, Senate — could it happen in Australia?

October 4, 2013

Ireland could soon be without a senate, depending on the results of this weekend's referendum. It's an interesting possible case study for Australia, writes Charles Richardson.

Silvio Berlusconi’s worst day yet

Silvio Berlusconi’s worst day yet

October 3, 2013

Having to give a public vote of confidence in a government he tried to destroy might be the end for the notorious Italian politician, writes Charles Richardson.

Deal or no deal — on Iran’s nuclear program

Deal or no deal — on Iran’s nuclear program

September 30, 2013

Israel's not happy about a proposed deal regarding Iran's nuclear program -- but not for the reasons you'd think, writes Charles Richardson.