With the passing this week of Eduard Shevardnadze, the former foreign minister of the Soviet Union and one of the principal architects of the Cold War’s remarkably peaceful end, the world has lost a skilled and visionary practitioner of diplomacy who helped bring about the most important transition in global politics in the second half of the 20th century.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the fierce critic of the Kremlin who was imprisoned for 10 years on politically motivated charges, will make his first major address in the United States since his release when he gives the keynote speech at the Freedom House Annual Awards Dinner on October 1.
A majority of Americans see democracy in the U.S. as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey released by The Democracy Project, a joint initiative of Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
As President Barack Obama enters his second term, relations with Russia present him with a set of thorny problems. This package of materials includes policy proposals, a summary of Russian legal restrictions on NGOs, a chronology of repressive actions under Vladimir Putin since 2000, and graphs illustrating Russia's score declines in Freedom House's annual reports.
“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.
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