Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions. 

American democracy still suffers from some of the rifts that opened five decades ago.

A crowd commemorates Algerian Independence Day on July 5. Credit: Nejma Rondeleux, Flickr/Creative Commons.

Fear of religious extremism helps explain the lack of democratic development in the country.

Prague, Czech Republic. Credit: Fleetingpix, Flickr/Creative Commons. 

Politicized revisions of the past help antidemocratic leaders justify their actions while sowing divisions at home and abroad.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates the newly constructed Assam house, Shillong.  Credit: Cm.assam.gov.in/. 

The Hindu nationalist government is moving to strip legal status from millions of Muslim residents.

pro-Kurdistan independence rally

Photo credit: Levi Clancy

A year after the disastrous independence referendum, voters in Iraqi Kurdistan will return to the polls next month.

Protesters in China

Photo credit: Etan Liam

Beijing is a trend setter on a number of issues, but this one is nothing to be proud of.

Protest Signs

Photo credit: Camilo Rueda López

A skeptical new president is not the only obstacle the former rebels must overcome. 

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Left: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
Right: United States President Donald J. Trump and President Putin. (Photo: Kremlin.ru) 

Putin's policy of cultivating foreign leaders can backfire in democracies.

Now that peace with Ethiopia is official, the one-party regime must give democracy its due.

FIFA must prevent a repeat of Mohamed Salah’s humiliating treatment in Russia. 

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