Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Sudan's National Congress Party continues to systematically abuse human rights, harass activists and political opponents, and fuel civil wars to suppress dissent. 

Tyler Roylance

At the United Nations, the presidents of Russia and China urged global unity against the common threats of terrorism and instability. What they are really pitching is an alliance of rulers against the ruled.

The leaders of the United States, Russia, China, and Iran engaged in an impromptu debate this week in their remarks at the UN General Assembly. President Obama asserted the benefits and universality of democratic principles, but the others pushed back with an emphasis on sovereignty, stability, and noninterference. 

Arch Puddington

Under Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin has suppressed the legacy of the Soviet Union’s leading dissident, whose warnings against unconditional détente remain relevant today.

Mark P. Lagon

Simultaneous visits to Washington by the Chinese leader and three Hong Kong democracy activists offer the United States a chance to show the world where it stands.

Mark P. Lagon
Elizabeth Summers

Multinational corporations stand to benefit from improved freedom of expression in the countries where they operate. Recognizing this, some are already lending their support.

Sarah Cook

When Chinese president Xi Jinping makes his first state visit to the United States, set to begin September 22, the White House will need to address the problems that the Communist Party’s mounting information controls pose for both countries’ economies.

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.