Freedom in the World 2010 | Freedom House

Freedom in the World 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 9:30am to 11:00am

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

“In a year marked by intensified repression against democratic reformers by the world’s most powerful authoritarian regimes, the state of freedom experienced a continued global erosion…2009 represents the fourth consecutive year in which setbacks have trumped gains, the longest pattern of decline in the nearly 40-year history of Freedom in the World.”

Please join us as we release the findings of Freedom in the World 2010, the latest edition of Freedom House’s annual assessment of political and civil rights in every country in the world. In a year marked by intensified repression against democratic reformers by the world’s most powerful authoritarian regimes, the state of freedom experienced a global erosion, with major setbacks in Latin America, Africa, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. Declines for freedom were registered in 40 countries and territories, nearly 20 percent of the world’s total polities, and far more than the number of countries, 16, that experienced gains for freedom.

This event will feature an in-depth discussion of the changes, trends, and important events relating to freedom and democracy in 2009 and the challenges these trends pose for American foreign policy.

Program:

Welcome:
Thomas A. Dine, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Freedom House

Overview of Freedom in the World 2010 Findings:
Arch Puddington, Director of Research, Freedom House

Discussion with:
Moderator:
Jackson Diehl, Deputy Editorial Page Editor for The Washington Post

Participants:
Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director, Freedom House
Thomas Carothers, Vice-President for Studies, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Felice Gaer, Director, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights
Arch Puddington, Director of Research, Freedom House


Freedom in the World is the only publication that provides an assessment of political rights and civil liberties in every country in the world. Published since 1972, governments, international institutions, donors, activists and journalists have come to rely on the survey as an accurate, apolitical and comprehensive assessment of freedom. Freedom in the World evaluates each country based on a number of specific issues that determine the country's freedom status—either Free, Partly Free or Not Free. The survey also provides global, regional and country-specific perspectives on setbacks and advances for freedom.

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