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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

2016 Mark Palmer Prize winners

2016 Mark Palmer Prize winners Luis Almagro and Deborah Lyons

The Community of Democracies is soliciting nominations for the 2019 Mark Palmer Prize to honor diplomats whose work has advanced democracy and human rights.

Connectivity Restrictions in Africa

Map highlighting connectivity restrictions and social media blocks in Africa since 2017

What’s the difference between a block and a blackout? Who’s responsible? What can be done?

Presidential Social Media Summit

Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives Matt Lira speaks with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., July 11, 2019, during the Presidential Social Media Summit in the East Room of the White House. Image Credit: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks via Flickr

Policymakers should proceed with caution, and welcome good advice.

Falun Gong

Falun Gong practitioners meditating in public in Guangzhou in 1998, before the Communist Party banned the spiritual group in 1999. Such sessions remain forbidden. Image credit:

A time may come when the Communist Party is no longer ruling China and Falun Gong is again a popular, permitted public activity.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the democratic advancements of Taiwan at a dinner hosted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. (TECRO). Image credit: Taiwan Presidential Office via Flickr 

Beijing sees an existential threat in Taiwan’s enduring freedoms.

Moldova's president, speaker of the parliament, and prime minister stand together.

Moldova's President Igor Dodon, Speaker of the Parliament Zinaida Greceanîi, and Prime Minister Maia Sandu stand together. Image credit: Ziarul de Garda

After Moldova’s constitutional crisis was unexpectedly resolved, there is an opportunity to introduce genuine democratic reforms in a post-Soviet state whose institutions have been held captive by oligarch rule.

Participants and security at Kyiv's LGBT pride march

Participants attend a LGBT pride march as riot police provide security in Kyiv, Ukraine, 23 June, 2019. Image credit: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A successful Pride event in Kyiv shows how far Ukraine has come. But for those who cause violence, impunity remains.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sits at his desk. Photo courtesy of ZMINA Human Rights Center.

The new president and upcoming parliamentary elections could spur progress in three key areas.

danger due to misinformation sign

A hanging sign warns of "Danger Due To Misinformation." Image Credit: 3dpete via Flickr.

Social media companies must cooperate with local actors to fight election-related disinformation, and international organizations must encourage and support these efforts.

Photo Credit: Ullstein Bild / Contributor to Getty Images. 

Left unchecked, such behavior impoverishes the state and fuels populist anger.