Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

March 2017

Belarus protest in Minsk 03/25/2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Francišak Viačorka of the Belarusian Institute of America explains the context of the ongoing antigovernment demonstrations—and offers advice on how the international community should respond.

Russian army soldiers in Soviet WWII uniforms march along Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade. Credit: Sasha Mordovets. 

Arch Puddington

This year marks the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, a fitting moment to take note of communism’s legacy.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson [State Department photo/ Public Domain].

Annie Wilcox Boyajian
Sarah Cook

Raising human rights concerns on his first trip to China (or failing to do so) will send a strong message.

Mehriban Aliyeva Azerbaijan

Mehriban Aliyeva. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The regime in Baku is corrupt, authoritarian, and in the middle of an economic crisis. It is also preparing to become a major gas supplier to the European Union.

Три роки тому російські війська відібрали в України кримський півострів, відтак політичні репресії у різних формах стали впливати на життя місцевих мешканців

Three years after Russian forces seized the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, political repression has affected residents’ lives in a variety of ways.