Whenever the crisis in Burundi is discussed, the economy is often overlooked, even though it is central to understanding the backdrop to the most severe crisis since the end of the civil war.
Satisfaction with democracy varies widely in Africa. Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way democracy works in their countries.
By leveraging a wave of national celebration and a friendly state-funded media, Singapore's authoritarian elite has as firm a grip as ever.
If Labour can turn its fiasco of a leadership election into a voter registration drive, it can push back against a rigged system.
What happens to energy policy when democracy takes a back seat -- and no one mentions the war.
Two Central American democracies are in turmoil – but don't call it a revolution.
Some of Burundi's highest-ranking officials have been assassinated – but ordinary Burundians are still being terrorised too.
Online petitions send a certain signal to politicians and other leaders: we care, but maybe not enough to get off our seats.
While some are being given new platforms to express their views, the decline of paid journalism is shutting others out.
If Labour really is turfing "infiltrators" out of its purportedly open leadership election, it's only proving that moderate centrism is often no such thing.
Opposition to president Dilma Rousseff is growing, but there is division over what her fate should be.
Two years ago, on August 14, more than 800 protesters against a coup were massacred in Cairo. A court recently upheld the death sentence for Egypt's ousted elected leader.
Founded in 1790, the Patent Office aimed to put innovation and entrepreneurship within reach of every citizen. Now, 10 million patents later, critics say an out-of-touch system is doing the opposite.
Democracy – despite being considered by many as the only legitimate form of government – has no laureates to call its own.
History tells us that while elements of competition and inclusion strengthen multiparty systems, too much of either can be fatal to the process of democratisation.
The role of money in politics challenges rich and poor countries worldwide. Its abuse raises problems of graft, corruption and cronyism, undermining legitimacy and governance.
We need political and civil society leaders to reflect on the language that they use, and to strive to shape a civic narrative with which we can all engage.
One thing is clear: if you need bailing out, your voters no longer matter.
To mark Independence Day, an Australian perspective on why - 180 years on - Alexis de Tocqueville's classic political text is a must-read.
The pro-Beijing proposal Hong Kong's democracy activists dreaded has been voted down. What now?