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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Political cartoon depicting the detention of Uyghur students in Egypt, and in some cases their deportation, at the apparent behest of the Chinese government. Image Credit: Credit: Rebel Pepper/Radio Free Asia.

Authoritarian rule in China poses a growing threat to democracy elsewhere.

Aleksandar Vučić, current president of Serbia, and former primer minister from 2014-2017. 

The increasingly authoritarian government has steadily broken down press freedom over the past four years.

Elementary school students in Ukraine

Young students at Bakivtsi School, Ukraine © Brian Woychuk

Mandating rather than simply encouraging Ukrainian-language schooling represents a swerve toward ethnic nationalism, and away from European allies.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks with former United States President Barack Obama. 

The next president could strengthen democracy in the country, or drag it back into old patterns of corruption and violence.

Спортивная политика правящего режима позволяет получить представление о том, каким является подход властей к вопросам управления и внешней политики.

The leadership in Warsaw has gone well beyond the antidemocratic playbook pioneered by Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, brazenly fracturing the rule of law and threatening European integrity.

Credit: Voice of America.

Secession movements are sometimes justified, but statehood alone does not solve long-standing governance problems.


A regime’s sports policy offers insights on its approach to governance and foreign affairs.

Aided by Chinese support and U.S. indifference, the government has moved to ensure complete dominance ahead of the 2018 elections.

EU election observor

(Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

The shortcomings of the international missions in Kenya present an opportunity to improve election monitoring standards for all countries.