Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

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Nate Schenkkan

Erdoğan’s relentless drive for power has worsened fissures in society, the military, and the ruling party itself.

Tyler Roylance

President Trump’s use of the term raises questions to which there are no simple answers.

Sarah Cook

A month riddled with perilous anniversaries offers a showcase for the Communist Party’s upgraded internet controls.

Donald Trump Poland trip

President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, President Andrzej Duda, and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda | July 6, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks).

Nate Schenkkan

There was much for President Trump to learn from his brief visit to Poland this week, but perhaps not the lessons he expected. 

Paul Manafort. 

Arch Puddington

Easy money from dictatorships is leading U.S. consultants down a path of corruption and moral turpitude.

A new Freedom House report examines the Polish leadership’s brazen efforts to exert partisan control over the media in a lynchpin European democracy.

Matthew Schaaf

By stepping back from consultation with civil society groups, Ukrainian officials are sidelining a force that drove the 2014 revolution and subsequent democratic reforms.

Liberal democracy is under threat, and all who cherish it must come to its defense.

Sarah Cook

China’s Cybersecurity Law could take internet censorship to a new high.

india anti sexual violence protests

A protester chants slogans as she braces herself against the spray fired from police water canons during a protest against the Indian government's reaction to recent rape incidents in India, in front of India Gate on December 23, 2012 in New Delhi, India. Photo by Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images.

Rukmani Bhatia

India’s Supreme Court has confirmed death sentences for four men in a notorious 2012 rape case. But despite growing public opprobrium, a woman or girl is raped every 15 minutes in the country.