The French National Assembly, one of the Western institutions Western academics believe African countries should aspire to.
The argument isn't whether African democracies are better than those in the West. It's simply that the idea of "real" and "not yet real" democracies expresses a colonial mentality, not reality.
Donald Trump is eroding trust in the US – but the dollar's preeminence in global finance will easily withstand this.
Any meaningful way forward must be based on imagination and mutual understanding.
Relationships with China, the Middle East, India and the Pacific will be ones to watch in 2019.
Australia's international relationships were tested in 2018. And the coming year may prove to be even more challenging.
All too often the Arctic region is portrayed as an area on the cusp of military invasion. This is an easy narrative to sell. But is there really a new Cold War coming?
Russian troops during a 2017 winter warfare exercise.
New trade routes and a wealth of natural resources are becoming increasingly available – and everyone wants a part of them.
Times are changing – will the 2020s be Africa's decade?
Languages are said to be disappearing faster than endangered species with a different one dying every two weeks.
How do you solve a problem like Maduro?
Colombia's new president Ivan Duque has some big issues in his inbox.
The US economy has rarely looked stronger, but it could all come crashing down just in time for the next presidential election.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In many ways US-Kenya relations is in uncharted territory.
Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
President Erdoğan is accusing the West of striving to destabilise Turkey.
A man with a plan: Jared Kushner.
It seems the Trump administration is determined to unpick the delicate threads of the Israel-Palestine peace process.
EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
The US tech giants are increasingly in the EU's regulatory crosshairs.
Increasing numbers of parents are being accused of child abuse.
While the US gets protectionist, China is working to establish itself as a leader in global trade rules.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo onboard the Indonesian Navy ship KRI Imam Bonjol during a visit to the waters of Natuna Islands, Riau Islands, Indonesia, 23 June 2016.
Can Indonesia's defence industry attain self-sufficiency?
Chinese anti-tank missile vehicles come with human operators – for now.
Disruptive technology is fundamentally reshaping global security, and potentially laying the ground for a US-China conflict.
The pilot, Jessie Maude Miller (right), became the first woman to fly between Australia and England, before moving the US.
Thousands of Australian women took flight to the US in the early 20th century, escaping sexism at home for success overseas. They included architects, artists, dentists and an economist who advised JFK.
Seven world leaders with axes to grind are preparing to sit round one table. Sparks will fly.