Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

A controversial cartoon shared on Twitter using the hashtag #ThisFlag. Credit: eNCA.com, Findlay. 

Economic crisis has again driven citizens to the streets. But with factional strife dividing the old power structure, achieving genuine change will require a shrewd political strategy.

The two-week occupation of a police station that ended on Sunday drew unexpected public support, raising questions about the country’s future stability.

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi Credit: BRQ Network. 

Tyler Roylance

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán is not alone in his belief that democracy promotion is a cause of, rather than a solution to, the problem of unchecked migration.

Zambia's President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Credit: UN Women. 

Lynn Fredriksson

Greater international attention could help deter vote rigging and repression in this typically stable country.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva. Credit: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Rebeka Foley

A new EU-backed energy project could shower Azerbaijan's repressive regime with new income.

Above: Biram dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, IRA-Mauritania’s president and vice-president, received awards from the U.S. Department of State.  

Two recently released antislavery activists discuss a renewed crackdown on their organization.

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

Yoseph Badwaza

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)

Zselyke Csaky

​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.

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