Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

August 2017

al-jazeera news station

None of the governments involved in the Qatar crisis are genuinely interested in independent media.

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi. (Flickr/Creative Commons). 


As India marks 70 years of independence, its democratic institutions are suffering from weaknesses that the government has done little to address.

Geert Wilders, the founder and  current leader of the Dutch political party the Party for Freedom. 

Populist forces are expected to suffer another defeat in next month’s German elections, but the factors that fueled populism’s rise have not disappeared.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Thailand's military junta leader General Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on August 8, 2017. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

America’s formal greetings to the world no longer stress the importance of democratic institutions.

Onerous new regulations threaten to cripple Ukraine's civil society sector, particularly affecting groups engaged in the fight against corruption.

At a time where Moldova is exceptionally vulnerable to pressure from Russia, a new NGO draft law poses serious threats to fundamental freedoms.