Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo. 

Regional leaders’ handling of a term-limit dispute could either strengthen or undermine recent democratic progress.


Nate Schenkkan

The election may be in the bag, but in many other ways Russia is going off the rails.

Arch Puddington

Rulers in Moscow, Cairo, and Baku are eager to show their strength, but afraid to put it to a real test.


Tyler Roylance

An erosion of democratic standards around the world is now affecting the most basic element of democracy.

Iksander Yerimbetov

Iksander Yerimbetov. Credit:

The state’s abusive tactics in the case of an exiled oligarch can also be used against politicians, activists, and journalists.

Zselyke Csaky

Vučić’s ruling SNS party didn't need dirty tricks to win Belgrade's elections — but, perhaps they thought it better to be safe than sorry.

Sarah Cook

The events of the past month suggest several ways to counter antidemocratic pressure from China’s government.

boris nemstov killed bridge

The Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge where Nemstov was killed in central Moscow. 

On Sunday, thousands of people turned out across Russia to commemorate the third anniversary of Boris Nemtsov’s assassination.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. © Dept. of Defense photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Released.

Weakening internet users’ privacy to aid law enforcement would likely do more harm than good.

Mobile repair and recharging shop in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. 


Thousands of Rohingya refugees are denied internet access because Bangladesh requires mobile users to register with their national identity documents.