Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

July 2015

Tyler Roylance

Millions of refugees are fleeing authoritarian rule, not just poverty and conflict. To address the problem, the world’s democracies will have to tackle it at the source.

Nate Schenkkan

The government’s decision to reignite the Kurdish conflict is a cynical ploy to recover the ruling party’s parliamentary majority. It is also a disastrous strategic blunder that has drawn in the United States.

A comparison with its democratic neighbors suggests that China would benefit economically from political liberalization.

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.

Adrian Shahbaz

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.

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

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