Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

His many ribbon-cutting appearances boost his image ahead of an April 11 election. Sort of.

Authoritarian powers that are fundamentally hostile to democracy cannot be ignored or appeased.

© European Union 2012 EP/Pietro Naj-Oleari

The prime minister’s speeches return again and again to certain favorite themes.

Can you distinguish the ruthless, quasi-medieval realm of Westeros from some of the real world’s most troubled countries?

Civil liberties are not generally recognized in Westeros, and human rights conditions have deteriorated sharply in recent years due to a multilateral civil war.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Credit: The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa / Flickr. 

The administration’s first moves have raised hopes that the corruption and neglect of the Zuma era are truly coming to an end.

ukraine press conference national bank of ukraine

Photo by Julia Berezovska/Press office NB.

Denying the problem’s existence will only help perpetuate it.

President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo. 

Regional leaders’ handling of a term-limit dispute could either strengthen or undermine recent democratic progress.

Credit: Kremlin.ru. 

The election may be in the bag, but in many other ways Russia is going off the rails.

Rulers in Moscow, Cairo, and Baku are eager to show their strength, but afraid to put it to a real test.

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