Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

March 2016

Last month, Freedom House posed questions for Secretary of State John Kerry on the U.S. State Department’s budget request for fiscal year 2017. Here are the department’s answers.

Alyssa Rickard

Rights violations or political repression in the name of fighting terrorism could fuel further instability and reverse recent democratic gains in the region.

Mexico remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Mariclaire Acosta, director for Freedom House’s program in Mexico City,  talks here about the interconnected crises of security, press freedom, and accountability.

Adrian Shahbaz

The Saudi monarchy faces growing pressure on the two traditional pillars of its legitimacy—prosperity and religious authority.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Sarah Cook

Xi’s quest to control China’s media may bring unintended consequences.

President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President of Kenya, William Ruto.

The president and his deputy have formed a winning electoral combination, but with the latter now facing political and legal challenges, the alliance’s future is in doubt.

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A protester stands near a barricade at Hrushevskogo street on January 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine after protests turned into violent clashes. Photo by Sasha Maksymenko

More than two years after the Euromaidan Revolution, Ukraine continues to struggle with many of the same ills that plagued the country under previous presidents.