Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Arch Puddington



In recent commentaries on the bleak state of global freedom, analysts have used a series of labels to describe the trajectory of democracy: “stagnation,” “erosion,” “recession,” and even “decline” for those who view the trends with alarm.

One label that has not been applied to current conditions is “reversal.”

Omar G. Encarnacion

 



Given the schizophrenic manner in which gay-rights politics played out around the world last year, it is apparent that we have to delve deep into the domestic environment to understand why such rights are thriving in some countries and floundering in others.
 

 

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Gigi Alford



Many governments, particularly authoritarian regimes, are attempting to impose political borders on the global internet, isolating users in repressive countries and impoverishing the web for all.

Zselyke Csaky



Public opinion on LGBT rights has undergone a significant shift in Europe in recent decades, but there is still substantial variation in how legal systems within EU states deal with the issue.

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The following are suggested questions for Robert Francis Cekuta, the nominee for U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, whose confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take place on Wednesday, September 17.

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Cathal Gilbert



Southern Africa’s peacekeeping mechanism has proven to be quite effective at maintaining stability, most recently in Lesotho, but it has ignored the real causes of conflict and failed to hold leaders to account for their undemocratic actions.

Robert Herman
Charles Dunne
Annie Boyajian


The following are suggested questions for William V. Roebuck, the nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, whose confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take place on Wednesday, September 10.

Russell Raymond


The Malian government has promised a number of initiatives to provide justice and compensation to the victims of the civil conflict, but its performance to date has raised doubts about its ability to deliver.

Jennifer Dunham

The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries and enforce these more strictly during the accession process.

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Diana Villiers Negroponte


If Mexico’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law are to succeed, the country will need investigative journalists who feel safe enough to do their jobs.

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