Freedom in the World 2011: The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy
January 13, 2011
On January 13, Freedom House hosted an event to launch the findings of Freedom in the World 2011, its annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties. According to the findings, 2010 was the fifth consecutive year in which global freedom suffered a decline—the longest period of setbacks for freedom in the nearly 40-year history of the report. The panel discussed this decline, as well as the increasing assertiveness of the world’s most powerful authoritarian regimes, and the growing inability or unwillingness of the world’s democracies to meet the authoritarian challenge.