Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

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.

Paul Graham

By pulling out of the International Criminal Court, South Africa will give up any opportunity to influence the tribunal’s future development.

Some Russian officials are incensed that Apple’s iPhone includes images of happy same-sex couples among its hundreds of beloved pictograms.

Sunday’s balloting was marred by some serious problems, but also featured genuine competition and efforts to prevent fraud. 

Pressed by economic difficulties, the Belarusian regime is hoping to improve ties with the West while avoiding any political opening.

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