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Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

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Left: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
Right: United States President Donald J. Trump and President Putin. (Photo: 

Putin's policy of cultivating foreign leaders can backfire in democracies.

Now that peace with Ethiopia is official, the one-party regime must give democracy its due.

FIFA must prevent a repeat of Mohamed Salah’s humiliating treatment in Russia. 

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Heavily-armed soldiers without identifying insignia guard the Crimean parliament building after taking up positions there earlier in the day on March 1, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A few reminders of the Russian dictator’s track record as President Trump heads to his summit in Finland.

Prime Minister Pashinyan speaking

A transition that moves too aggressively, or not aggressively enough, could dash the hopes of the velvet revolution.

U.S. President Trump giving a speech

Mild verbal attacks on journalists can easily drift into something more sinister, imperiling a central pillar of democracy.

Andrei Nastase

A reformist candidate won the vote, but in an ominous sign for upcoming national elections, the outcome was nixed on a dubious technicality.

Un candidat reformist a câștigat scrutinul, dar, ca semnal amenințător pentru alegerile naționale viitoare, rezultatul acesta a fost anulat prin tehnici dubioase

North Korean "Propaganda Village"

Entertainers view Kijeongdong, or the North Korean "Propaganda Village" while visiting Dora Observatory, near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, Republic of Korea. © Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

As nuclear disarmament talks continue, the U.S. side should not lose sight of the Kim regime’s gruesome crimes against its own people.

Host nation Russia and its authoritarian ilk are unlikely to go far against even the smallest democratic powerhouses.