Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Zimbabwe is on the cusp of political change. The actions of major political players and the international community at this crucial time will determine whether the transition is peaceful or descends into violence.

Daniel Calingaert

Freedom House poses a second round of foreign policy questions for the expanding field of 2016 presidential contenders.

In April, the government proposed legislation that could seriously disrupt the activity of civic society ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Arch Puddington


A new book by the former U.S. ambassador reveals a prime minister who disdains democratic principles, prefers cronyism to market competition, and sees his country as a victim of hostile foreign interests.


Instead of depending on tainted politicians for reforms, the EU and other international stakeholders should put more emphasis on supporting the country’s increasingly energetic civil society.

Una nueva ley respaldada por el Gobierno conservador impondrá duras penas a manifestantes y limitará la cobertura mediática de la actividad policial. 


A new law backed by the conservative government will impose harsh fines on protesters and limit media coverage of police activity. 

Annie Wilcox Boyajian
Sarah Cook

The upcoming U.S.-China dialogue in Washington must address the effects of growing political repression in China on the core interests of both countries. 

Sarah Cook

The prosecution of human rights attorney Pu Zhiqiang could have negative repercussions for his family, his clients and colleagues, the broader rights of Chinese citizens, and the legitimacy of the current regime.

Kellen McClure

This week African leaders gather in Johannesburg for the 25th African Union Summit, where they will discuss a range of topics, from ongoing conflicts to trade.