Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

December 2015

Zselyke Csaky

After years of orderly government and economic growth, a constitutional crisis has thrown the country’s democratic credentials into doubt. 

Tyler Roylance

Despite plunging oil revenues and crippling sanctions, Russia's leader keeps adding to his collection of costly, unresolved military adventures. 

Elections offered a way out of dismal misrule for several countries in 2015, but the year was otherwise dominated by war, terrorism, repression, and bigotry.

Having missed opportunities to prevent the current crisis, the international community must now act decisively to halt the violence and push for a negotiated solution.

Sarah Cook

Despite the Chinese government's rhetoric of not interfering in other countries' affairs, CCP censorship and propaganda are now a global phenomenon.

Alexander Brockwehl

Public frustration with the Maduro administration is expected to overcome extensive manipulation by the government, and the ruling party will face international pressure to accept the results.

With general elections set for early 2016, the government and ruling party have made a mockery of the reform process they initiated last year.