Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Arch Puddington

This year marks the 40th anniversary of a military coup in Portugal that eventually led to the triumph of democracy there and in a series of other countries around the world. The role of regional democracies in ensuring Portugal’s success bears important lessons for today.

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Cyrus Rassool

The United States has been a champion of internet freedom around the world, but current FCC plans could undermine that position by abandoning net neutrality.

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Zainab al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress and a trustee of Freedom House, examines recent developments in Iraq.

Nate Schenkkan

Turkey’s paramount leader is moving from the premiership to the presidency amid talk of constitutional change, but his divisive and autocratic governance style will remain the same.

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Raquel O'Byrne


“Most Dangerous Country” may be the least desirable title in the world and yet the one that Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala often battle for, leading to thousands of people from Central America’s northern triangle seeking refuge in other countries, including the United States. Aid being provided to those countries has focused almost solely on security, not on strengthening the rule of law and thus human rights, the weaknesses that make these countries vulnerable to violence.

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Kate Byom

In a departure from the overt violence and election rigging of the past, many authoritarian leaders now prefer to quietly manipulate the legal framework, silencing dissent and limiting civil liberties to ensure that they remain in power.

Eli McCrain


The ICC celebrated its 12th birthday this month. To provide insight into the court’s current challenges, here is a review of all eight ongoing ICC investigations. The success or failure of each case will determine not only the ICC’s credibility, but also the practice of international criminal law as a whole.

Alyssa Rickard


The reemergence of unconditional solidarity among Africa’s incumbent leaders is threatening respect for human rights and good governance throughout the continent. 

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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