Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates the newly constructed Assam house, Shillong.  Credit: Cm.assam.gov.in/. 

The Hindu nationalist government is moving to strip legal status from millions of Muslim residents.

pro-Kurdistan independence rally

Photo credit: Levi Clancy

A year after the disastrous independence referendum, voters in Iraqi Kurdistan will return to the polls next month.

Protesters in China

Photo credit: Etan Liam

Beijing is a trend setter on a number of issues, but this one is nothing to be proud of.

Protest Signs

Photo credit: Camilo Rueda López

A skeptical new president is not the only obstacle the former rebels must overcome. 

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Left: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
Right: United States President Donald J. Trump and President Putin. (Photo: Kremlin.ru) 

Putin's policy of cultivating foreign leaders can backfire in democracies.

Now that peace with Ethiopia is official, the one-party regime must give democracy its due.

FIFA must prevent a repeat of Mohamed Salah’s humiliating treatment in Russia. 

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Heavily-armed soldiers without identifying insignia guard the Crimean parliament building after taking up positions there earlier in the day on March 1, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A few reminders of the Russian dictator’s track record as President Trump heads to his summit in Finland.

Prime Minister Pashinyan speaking

A transition that moves too aggressively, or not aggressively enough, could dash the hopes of the velvet revolution.

U.S. President Trump giving a speech

Mild verbal attacks on journalists can easily drift into something more sinister, imperiling a central pillar of democracy.

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