While the rest of the world reeled in shock, the Russian leader was very quick to congratulate the new president-elect.
The value of democracy needs to be restated and defended, rather than presumed. In doing so, there is value in adopting a more tempered stance, one that understands its worth but also its flaws.
Economic slowdown and a refugee influx have rattled Europe deeply, and some countries seem to have had enough.
Even as the challenges of climate change grow ever more obvious, what remains largely unacknowledged is the crisis in liberal democratic politics that is preventing an effective response.