Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

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.

Arch Puddington

Many of the countries voting against this week’s UN resolution on North Korea were inveterate human rights abusers themselves. Disappointingly, however, some major democracies also withheld support for the measure.

Vukasin Petrovic

In Zimbabwe’s authoritarian system, court intrigue rather than open competition is dominating the contest to succeed 90-year-old strongman Robert Mugabe.

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