Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Hungary’s national flag raised in Budapest, commemorating the 1848-49 Hungarian Revolution, followed by an official military salute. Photo : Gregory Botár / 

Tyler Roylance

Some political leaders and many citizens seem ready to reject the institutions and relationships that have bound the world together for decades. The result would be a lawless era of feuding nationalisms.

Last month, Freedom House posed questions for Secretary of State John Kerry on the U.S. State Department’s budget request for fiscal year 2017. Here are the department’s answers.

Alyssa Rickard

Rights violations or political repression in the name of fighting terrorism could fuel further instability and reverse recent democratic gains in the region.

Mexico remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Mariclaire Acosta, director for Freedom House’s program in Mexico City,  talks here about the interconnected crises of security, press freedom, and accountability.

Adrian Shahbaz

The Saudi monarchy faces growing pressure on the two traditional pillars of its legitimacy—prosperity and religious authority.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Sarah Cook

Xi’s quest to control China’s media may bring unintended consequences.

President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President of Kenya, William Ruto.

The president and his deputy have formed a winning electoral combination, but with the latter now facing political and legal challenges, the alliance’s future is in doubt.

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A protester stands near a barricade at Hrushevskogo street on January 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine after protests turned into violent clashes. Photo by Sasha Maksymenko

More than two years after the Euromaidan Revolution, Ukraine continues to struggle with many of the same ills that plagued the country under previous presidents.

Saudi Arabian led airstrike in Yemen. Photo by Ibrahem Qasi, 11/05/2015.

As it rightly presses Russia to halt the bombing of civilian targets in Syria, the United States is supporting an abusive air campaign by a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

​The Obama administration is preparing to defend its final State Department budget request at a time when democracy and human rights are under serious pressure around the world.