Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Mark P. Lagon
Arch Puddington

The extremist threat must be confronted, but we cannot win by abandoning our democratic values.

Myanmar’s dramatic election results have raised hopes for further progress toward a democratic society, but there are many obstacles to peace, social inclusion, and economic opportunity.

Daniel Calingaert

Government repression has shut off avenues for peaceful dissent and is fueling unrest. The United States can do more to put Egypt on a safer path.

Mark P. Lagon

The following should make friends and allies of Saudi Arabia, including the United States, question their embrace of such a brutally repressive government.

Sarah Cook

One of the most touted takeaways from Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States last month was an agreement by the two leaders on the contentious issue of cyberattacks—and especially cyberespionage—against American targets. 

At an October 29 event in Washington, a panel of experts discussed recent human rights abuses in Iran, the future of U.S. policy toward the country, and how to press for improvements in Iran's performance.
Yoseph Badwaza

The release of the Zone 9 Bloggers in October was greeted with euphoria, but the Ethiopia's crackdown on dissent continues unabated.

From removal of content LGBTI issues, to a crackdown on satire, governments around the world expanded online censorship in 2015.

U.S. secretary of state John Kerry's hastily announced trip to meet with the dictators of Central Asia has produced more questions than answers about what he hoped to gain from the tour.

Tamara Grigoryeva

Azerbaijan is heading for its worst elections in recent history, but the government continues to demand that Western partners accept the country as it is—one of Eurasia’s harshest dictatorships.