There's a whole system of checks and balances in place to stop a president like Trump going too far.
Unrestricted access to information is vital to a vibrant democracy.But if this information is inaccurate, biased or falsified, the fundamental freedom of informed choice is denied.
Downsizing a whole chamber of parliament is a tricky move.
Politics and religion at the dinner table, over Christmas with all the relatives – what could possibly go wrong?
The 'Africa Rising' narrative was disturbed in 2016 by a combination of factors. But the continent is still on firm economic development footing.
The far left and the far right are closer than they'd like to admit. So can some of their better proposals gain ground in 2017?
Forcing citizens to swear allegiance is misguided – and doesn't work.
Paraguay doesn't allow presidents to be reelected, but three of the five candidates setting their sights on 2018 are current or former heads of state.
While the US is reeling from rampant fake online news, political movements in Europe are using the internet as a powerful democratic symbol to win elections. Will cyber-optimism or pessimism win?
The deadly attack on Holey bakery in July 2016 and a recent spate of crimes against minorities show that Bangladesh's commitment to secularism and pluralism are at stake.
There's truth in the analysis that the rise of right-wing populism is a response to the failures of globalisation. But is it the only response?
Two Italian scholars who fled fascism in the 1920s urgently warned that American democracy was vulnerable to the same gradual erosion as in Italy. Their message still rings true today.
Acts of arson by Kenyan high school students have been characterised as 'mindless hooliganism'. But research shows that students are actually engaging in purposeful, reasoned political action.
A linguistic battle between Brexiteers and Remainers shows how far we've come from a clear definition.
Our democratic edifice rests on the informed voter. Fake news is the concrete cancer gnawing away at the structural integrity of our society.
The leaderlessness of South Africa's #FeesMustFall student movement has ultimately fed into divisions within the grouping.
Trump's demagoguery took political discourse in America to a place where it lost contact with reality.
Whatever happens over the next four years it won’t be boring. Let’s hope we get through it.
An enormous rally in Jakarta, organised by hardline Islamic militia group the Islamic Defenders Front, appears to have mobilised a diverse group of conservative Muslims in Indonesia.
If the Donald Trumps of the world want to find out how the masters of manufacturing elections work, they had better visit Zimbabwe before their internecine struggles close them down