Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Chloe Schwenke

President Obama's July 21 executive order on discrimination in employment will have a global impact.

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Emily Vitacolonna

A bill that could help the United States combat gender-based violence around the world has languished in Congress for more than five years.

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Eli McCrain

Many African rulers, citing the need for “reconciliation,” are vying to strip a nascent regional court of its ability to prosecute sitting heads of state for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

Chloe Schwenke

The Obama administration’s high-profile initiatives to embrace Africa have given short shrift to ethical leadership, democracy, and good governance.

Robert Herman


With the passing this week of Eduard Shevardnadze, the former foreign minister of the Soviet Union and one of the principal architects of the Cold War’s remarkably peaceful end, the world has lost a skilled and visionary practitioner of diplomacy who helped bring about the most important transition in global politics in the second half of the 20th century.

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Russell Raymond

The sad reality of Iraq’s current crisis is that recent bloodshed and destruction at the hands of ISIL may have been avoided if Iraq’s political leaders made a genuine effort to deal with the past through transitional justice.

Arch Puddington

The press has a special responsibility to shine the spotlight on multinational corporations that collaborate with the agents of dictatorship.

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Margaret Marshall


Press freedom in Mexico has drastically declined in Mexico over the past decade, and although journalism is flourishing in some aspects, the environment for media has become dangerous, unstable, and insecure.

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Cathal Gilbert
David Lindgren

After two weeks of sporadic rioting and legal wrangling, Malawi inaugurated its fifth president on June 2 in Blantyre. Although he received just 36.4 percent of the vote, Arthur Peter Mutharika’s victory has now been accepted by all sides, including the incumbent, Joyce Banda. The last two months have been a political rollercoaster for Mutharika, but he must now turn to the uphill battle of healing divisions and creating the consensus he will need to govern effectively.

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