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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Some measures to counter the Russian threat could harm fragile democratic institutions.

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Even a minor attempt to override constitutional checks can threaten the system as a whole.

People dressed in camouflage raise flaming flares in front of a building.

Members of the far-right Ukrainian party National Corps raise flaming flares in front of a private house. Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

Завдяки слабкості процедур, агресивні ультранаціоналісти успішно зареєструвалися як спостерігачі на виборах.

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Supporters of the Ukrainian far-right party National Corps burn flares in front of the private house which supposedly belongs to Svynarchuk. Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images.

Aided by lax rules, violent ultranationalists have successfully registered as election observers. 

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Beatriz Borges (center), representative of the Venezuelan organization Cepaz (Peace and Justice Center), speaks during a hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in 2018. Credit: ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images.

A human rights activist says the humanitarian crisis can only be resolved with steady pressure from a broad international coalition.

From left to right: Leaders of the ACUM alliance Maia Sandu and Andrei Nastase; Mayor of Orhei and lead of the Shor party Ilan Șor;  Business magnate and chairman of the Democratic Party (PDM) Vladimir Plahotniuc; President Igor Dodon of the Socialist Party (PRSM) with Zinaida Greceanîi. (Photos courtesy of and 

Newcomers made surprising gains after a flawed process, but entrenched incumbents may hang on to the levers of power.

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Emergency shelter and supplies are being provided to displaced people in the Rakhine State in western Burma. (Credit: Flickr/DFID-UK Department for International Development)

The international norm against ethnic cleansing is not just being swept aside. It is at risk of being replaced.

Volunteers of the movement 'Aid and Freedom Venezuela Coalition' attend a rally led by Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido in Caracas, on February 16, 2019. (Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images).

Certain aspects of the Maduro regime, or possible missteps by the US, could thwart a positive outcome, says regional expert Javier Corrales.

Togolese president Faure Gnassingbé

Togolese president Faure Gnassingbé (Flickr/Presidency of the Republic of Benin)

Aided by weak regional oversight, the president may be getting away with a power grab.

Women pray at a mosque in Samarkand.

Women pray at a mosque in Samarkand. (Flickr/Maureen Barlin)

The president has touted his reform agenda, but religious persecution continues in practice.