Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

There is some hope that the winner of next week’s presidential by-election could reverse recent declines in Zambia’s democratic standing, but a number of factors are working against such a positive outcome. 

Arch Puddington

Last week, Freedom at Issue published a chart (left) that showed a powerful link between terrorist attacks and countries that lack democratic governance. As the second graphic (right)  indicates, the correlation is even stronger when the number of deaths is taken into account. 

Laura Reed

Russian authorities have rapidly closed the space for free expression online over the past year, and the heightened repression appears unlikely to ease in the near future. 

This week’s attacks and hostage-takings in Paris are the latest in a series of terrorist incidents in established democracies. But the overwhelming majority of terrorist violence continues to take place in countries that lack democratic governance.

Many authoritarian regimes have managed to avoid serious criticism by exploiting strategic partnerships with the United States and its allies.

Geysha Gonzalez

It has been a grim year on the whole, but 2014 was not without its bright spots. The following were some of the best and worst human rights developments of the past 12 months. 

Nate Schenkkan

The latest politicized crackdown on the press adds to abundant evidence that Turkey’s leadership has rejected the European Union and its democratic values.

Arch Puddington

It is a testament to the power of the democratic idea that authoritarian leaders around the globe claim the mantle of democracy for forms of government that amount to legalized repression. 

Transparency International released its latest Corruption Perceptions Index today, and the results for Eurasian countries are not encouraging.

International attention has focused on growing propaganda and censorship in the Russian news media, but the Kremlin is pursuing much broader ambitions to control the information landscape.

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