The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries.
President Joseph Kabila was supposed to step down at the end of his term in 2016. By clinging on to power he threw the Democratic Republic of Congo into a vicious cycle of deadly conflict.
It's still unclear whether Zimbabwe will manage an effective transition to participatory democracy and freedom. And the current signs are not encouraging.
The unfolding misfortunes of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe hold key lessons for his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma who faces the possibility of a forced exit.
German chancellor is running out of options to form a viable government.
Have you ever struggled to understand exactly what to do inside a voting booth?
In Virginia, suburbanites, city-dwellers and black voters together rebuffed racism as an electoral strategy and handed Dems a huge win. Is this diverse coalition the future of Old Dominion politics?
A different form of state capture is underway in South Africa's rural areas where traditional leaders are selling off people's land to miners. But communities are fighting back.
Gerrymandering is being hotly debated around the US. Can math help us figure out how to divide the country up fairly?
There are good reasons to be concerned about the procedures used for voter registration in many countries, including many long-established democracies.
How did a man once suspected of dubious far-right sympathies end up on the threshold of a record third term?
African democracies are embracing electronic voting far more confidently than the West.
In an upcoming case about Wisconsin's voting districts, the Supreme Court will tackle legal questions that have long gone unanswered.
Local news is as important to communities as clean air, but the failing business model of traditional journalism has left the local news industry in rapid decline.
Vladimir Putin position in the Kremlin looks more secure than ever, and he has shut down almost all the avenues for a genuine challenge.
It's important to understand the nature and extent of children's exposure to violence during general elections so they can be protected.
Kenya's recently concluded general election has been described as a mixed bag of highs and the lows being the deadly clashes.
Two-and-a-half decades on from the end of military rule, Bangladesh faces many of the same critical problems it always has.
Artificial intelligence now plays as big a role in election campaigns as traditional campaign tactics.
The Singaporean model of 'democracy' is very much in vogue among sub-Saharan countries.