Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Jennifer Dunham
Shannon O’Toole

The year ahead may bring significant changes, for better or worse, to these often-overlooked countries.

Nate Schenkkan

A new report argues that dropping human rights conditions will yield better security ties with Central Asian regimes. But those conditions are largely ignored already, and the results aren't pretty.

Gina S. Lentine

Repeated changes in government over the past year have failed to satisfy Moldovan citizens, who are hoping to uproot systemic corruption that spans the partisan divide. 

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.