Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Arch Puddington

As the presidential campaign gains steam, Freedom House seeks a renewed U.S. commitment to upholding democracy and human rights overseas, and a fresh appreciation of what can be gained from such a policy.

The ultimate test of the agreement’s success may be whether it creates space for systemic changes that make Iran less threatening, regardless of the technology it possesses. 

Sarah Cook

The Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to defend its political monopoly is costing the U.S. economy billions of dollars a year.

Khadija Ismayilova, whose trial on trumped-up charges is set to begin on July 24, plays a role in Azerbaijani society that goes far beyond her core work as an investigative journalist.

Tanzanian journalist Damas Kanyabwoya warns that a series of new laws, introduced ahead of elections in October, could reduce media outlets to government mouthpieces.

Zimbabwe is on the cusp of political change. The actions of major political players and the international community at this crucial time will determine whether the transition is peaceful or descends into violence.

Daniel Calingaert

Freedom House poses a second round of foreign policy questions for the expanding field of 2016 presidential contenders.

In April, the government proposed legislation that could seriously disrupt the activity of civic society ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Arch Puddington

 

A new book by the former U.S. ambassador reveals a prime minister who disdains democratic principles, prefers cronyism to market competition, and sees his country as a victim of hostile foreign interests.

 

Instead of depending on tainted politicians for reforms, the EU and other international stakeholders should put more emphasis on supporting the country’s increasingly energetic civil society.

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