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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

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. 

community of democracies madeleine albright and tom malinowski

Photo Credit: Community of Democracies.

The United States is convening a Community of Democracies conference, but does it still believe in the organization’s mission?

Leaders in Beijing have avoided opprobrium for appalling actions on their behalf.

al-jazeera news station

None of the governments involved in the Qatar crisis are genuinely interested in independent media.

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi. (Flickr/Creative Commons). 


As India marks 70 years of independence, its democratic institutions are suffering from weaknesses that the government has done little to address.

Geert Wilders, the founder and  current leader of the Dutch political party the Party for Freedom. 

Populist forces are expected to suffer another defeat in next month’s German elections, but the factors that fueled populism’s rise have not disappeared.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Thailand's military junta leader General Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on August 8, 2017. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

America’s formal greetings to the world no longer stress the importance of democratic institutions.