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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Patrice Talon, President of Benin

A president who tried to limit himself to one term, but whose economic reforms have proven unpopular

March and protest against CEU legislation, Budapest. Credit: Raeihan Djajadikarta.


Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has searched endlessly for new battles to prop up his public support. With the 2018 elections approaching, his latest moves have brought Hungary to a critical juncture.

With his referendum on expanding presidential powers, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is following in the footsteps of some two dozen other presidents who have changed or ignored constitutional rules to extend their time in office.

Credit: Haber Günce.

The deeply flawed vote has left the president with little democratic legitimacy.

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Turkish citizens prepare to vote in a plebiscite that could formalize a dictatorship.

Inspiration from the late civil rights activist, teachers’ union leader, and Freedom House trustee Albert Shanker.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, president of Egypt. 

Unchecked power may look like a quick way to address pressing challenges, but the results are often catastrophic in practice.

Belarus protest in Minsk 03/25/2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Francišak Viačorka of the Belarusian Institute of America explains the context of the ongoing antigovernment demonstrations—and offers advice on how the international community should respond.

Russian army soldiers in Soviet WWII uniforms march along Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade. Credit: Sasha Mordovets. 

This year marks the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, a fitting moment to take note of communism’s legacy.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson [State Department photo/ Public Domain].

Raising human rights concerns on his first trip to China (or failing to do so) will send a strong message.