Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

The release of Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World report last week generated considerable debate about the findings for Ukraine. In the dialogue below, Arch Puddington, Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies, answers questions about Ukraine’s standing in Freedom in the World.

xi jinping davos world economic forum

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, welcomes Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China. Credit: World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.

Arch Puddington

Recent developments have shattered the smug assumption that democracies are inoculated against the spread of antidemocratic ideas and populist demagogues.

Venezuela rated Not Free Freedom in the World 2017 report map
Alexander Brockwehl

Venezuela, joining Cuba, has become the second country in the Americas rated Not Free by Freedom House. If left unaddressed, its humanitarian crisis could prompt large-scale migration.

Rukmani Bhatia
Shannon O’Toole

The following six countries, which have received less attention, deserve special scrutiny as they approach turning points in their trajectory, either toward or away from democracy.

Freedom in the World 2017 assesses political rights and civil liberties in every country around the globe.

Shannon O’Toole

Last January, Freedom House selected several countries that appeared to approaching important turning points in their democratic trajectories. Here’s how they performed.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 

Now that constitutional amendments on a stronger presidency have cleared the parliament, referendum voters must decide whether to endorse their leader’s power grab.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session One on “Investing in Africa’s Future,” at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on August 6, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Alyssa Rickard

The perception of Barack Obama among Africans and followers of African affairs is mixed. Many admire the outgoing U.S. president and at the same time feel disappointed by his lack of direct engagement on the continent.

Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina

Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. © Gage Skidmore

Freedom House has compiled the following questions for South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, whom President-elect Donald Trump has nominated to serve as ambassador to the United Nations. Haley’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18.

Photo of a TV news presenter at Dozhd.

A news presenter at Dozhd. ©

Matthew Schaaf

The rage against critics of the National Radio and Television Council’s sudden decision to ban cable broadcasts of the Russian television channel Dozhd in Ukraine is understandable but misguided.