The problem with South Africa's governing ANC, is that to many of its members, politics is not about public service but about resources.
The voters are like sniffer dogs when it comes to character – if that hadn't been the case Mark Latham might have won the 2004 election.
The death of Mozambican opposition leader Alfonso Dhlakama could affect the progress made to end hostilities in the country.
Littering in protest is indicative of a discordant society, and a culture of littering can tell us a lot about a society's ethos.
Both the state of the nation address and budget speech didn't leave a sense that there has been much reflection on the depth of the economic malaise gripping South Africa.
Despite spirited efforts to douse the flames of infighting within the MDC-T, matters came to a head at a recent rally in Chitungwiza.
A new ABC documentary presents a nostalgic but compelling overview of one of Australia's most successful prime ministers.
Should defeated party leaders stay in parliament? Former Western Australian premier Colin Barnett is an interesting case in point.
We should interpret the threat posed by North Korea from an informed perspective based on demonstrable strategic logic, rather than on caricatured misrepresentations of its leadership.
Australians are crying out for political leadership. One way our leaders can redeem themselves is by getting to work on a complete shake-up of how we pay for and use transport infrastructure.
Like Malcolm Turnbull, the three-time prime minister Alfred Deakin was sometimes accused of lacking substance, but he had core political commitments from which he never wavered.
Malcolm Turnbull’s postal plebiscite on marriage equality is on the cusp of recreating the mistakes of Doug Lowe’s Tasmanian dams plebiscite.
An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.
Michelle Grattan and Deep Saini discuss what's been making headlines this week in politics.
Scott Morrison's comments reflect the concern in the government at the difficulty it is finding in cutting through to the electorate.
The way times have changed is exemplified in the frequency of party coups against sitting prime ministers.
Mike Baird is the fifth New South Wales premier in ten years, and only one of them lost their job to an election. There's little time, it seems, to learn and grow as a political leader.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is leaving as a leader, and not in defeat.
Student protesters have demonstrated good leadership in some spheres but come up short in other areas. This suggests that universities ought to focus more on how they teach leadership.
The problem confronting political parties is that the people in leadership positions are intellectually and emotionally ill-equipped to grasp the complex transformation in human affairs now under way.