Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Gina S. Lentine

Pro-EU governments over the last six years have failed to tackle rampant graft, and after a billion-dollar bank theft, protesters have had enough.

Nate Schenkkan

As the United States stands by, its Turkish ally is sliding into a politically motivated civil conflict and crippling efforts to combat the Islamic State.

Russell Raymond

Members of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority have been stripped of their citizenship and persecuted by the government, with many forced into camps or compelled to flee abroad.

Azerbaijan has suffered the greatest decline in democratic governance among Eurasian countries over the past decade.

Zselyke Csaky

European leaders’ various reactions to the influx of migrants and refugees has inadvertently exposed a union that is pulling apart at the seams.


Mark P. Lagon

The new Chinese-sponsored, multilateral development banks could amplify aid strategies that ignore or exacerbate governance problems—but only if the banks’ democratic member states let it happen. 

Sarah Cook

For the past month, the Chinese authorities have engaged in a sweeping crackdown on human rights lawyers and the broader “rights defense movement” they represent. At last count, over 250 attorneys, law firm staff, family members, and activists across China had been detained or summoned for questioning since July 9. At least 20 remain in custody or are missing. Several of those being held face serious, politically motivated charges that could result in long prison terms.

Jennifer Dunham
Elen Aghekyan

To promote press freedom in this diverse set of countries, the EU will need to both step up its overall effort and customize its approach to meet the needs of each society.

Bret Nelson
Tyler Roylance

Data on terrorist attacks indicate that authoritarian countries serve as breeding grounds for global terrorism, and that a more democratic world would also be significantly safer.

Arch Puddington

Over the past 40 years, peace and democracy has largely replaced dictatorship and conflict in Latin America, to the great benefit of the United States.  This transformation should inspire hope and renewed pressure for change in similarly troubled regions elsewhere in the world.