Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Protests in Ethiopia. Credit: (Flickr/Creative Commons).

Amid discontent, sometimes violent protests, and a drought of historic proportions, the Ethiopian government is tightening its stranglehold on domestic politics.

Viktor Orban. Credit: European Parliament (Flickr/Creative Commons)

​Brexit negotiations will likely divert attention away from challenges to the liberal constitutional order in Poland and Hungary, writes Senior Researcher Zselyke Csaky. 

Credit: Rory Mizen (Flickr/Creative Commons). 

Recent police violence in several African countries underscores the urgent need for law enforcement reform backed by strong civic movements.

Elie Wiesel. Credit: Barnard Communications. 

The Nobel laureate, who passed away on July 2, sought to instill a universal human obligation to fight oppression and persecution, no matter where it occurs.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda. Photo Credit: British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Flickr/Creative Commons).  

The country’s record of successful development is threatened by endemic corruption and growing worries about the political future.

The experience of a neglected housing complex shows the importance of state accountability, economic and social rights, and community activism to the broader struggle for freedom.


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Britain could benefit from the stabilizing elements found in another fractious democracy’s basic law.

Miklós Haraszti (pictured left). Photo Credit: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

The UN special rapporteur for Belarus, up for renewal this week, is still banned from entering the country. But the monitoring mechanism is needed now more than ever.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right Front National. Credit: Blandine Le Cain

Illiberal forces on both sides of the Atlantic are exploiting the democratic process to undermine civil liberties.

Police behind a protest line in Sarajevo, 2014. Photo Credit Stefano Giantin (Flickr/Creative Commons).


The rise of Islamic extremism in the Balkans is just one symptom of the long-term decay of democratic governance.