Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

In a book published this year, former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo argues that governance reforms could make Latin America a model of success for the world.

What do the prominent Republican presidential candidates have to say on three strategically important authoritarian states?

Mark P. Lagon

Congress should pass, and the president should sign, the proposed Global Magnitsky Act.

 

Tamara Grigoryeva

While the international community is focused on fighting in Ukraine, Syria, and Afghanistan, another crisis is looming in Central Asia’s most fragile state, Tajikistan.

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. 

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