Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Arch Puddington
Bret Nelson

Countries that suffered setbacks to democracy over the past decade outnumber those that experienced improvements, but a closer look at the data reveals a more complicated picture.

Adrian Shahbaz

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s fierce repression has paralyzed Egyptian society at a time when full participation is needed to address growing economic and security problems.

Freedom House sat down with Burundian activist Bob Rugurika to talk about human rights, freedom of expression in the region, and the aftermath of his release from prison in 2015.

Sarah Cook

Valuable journalism is fading in China as state-funded digital media grow.

Tyler Roylance

It all happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but these simple truths about dictatorship and democracy building seem to be universal.

Mark P. Lagon

The government’s recent pressure on nongovernmental organizations threatens a central pillar of the country’s democratic system—and ordinary Kenyans appreciate what they stand to lose.

Zselyke Csaky

After years of orderly government and economic growth, a constitutional crisis has thrown the country’s democratic credentials into doubt. 

Tyler Roylance

Despite plunging oil revenues and crippling sanctions, Russia's leader keeps adding to his collection of costly, unresolved military adventures. 

Elections offered a way out of dismal misrule for several countries in 2015, but the year was otherwise dominated by war, terrorism, repression, and bigotry.

Kate Hixon

Having missed opportunities to prevent the current crisis, the international community must now act decisively to halt the violence and push for a negotiated solution.