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Arch Puddington

Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies


Arch Puddington is a Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies at Freedom House.  He most recently served as the Senior Vice President for Research at Freedom House where he was responsible for the publication of Freedom in the World and other research publications, and for the development of new research and advocacy programs. He previously worked as research director for the A. Philip Randolph Institute, as executive director for the League for Industrial Democracy, and as a bureau manager for Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty.  He writes frequently on international affairs, race relations, organized labor, and the Cold War.  His writings have appeared in Commentary, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, National Interest, and Journal of Democracy.  He is the author of three books: Failed Utopias: Methods of Coercion in Communist Societies (ICS, 1989),  Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (University Press of Kentucky, 2000), and Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor (Wiley, 2005).  He attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and received a B.A. in English Literature.

OUTSIDE PUBLICATIONS: 

The Ministry of Truth for the 21st Century | Jewish Policy Center — Summer 2018

Freedom's Retreat: Killing Democracy Softly | The American Interest — January 16, 2018

China's Quiet Drive to Normalize Repression | The Diplomat — September 5, 2017

How Trump is undermining press freedom around the world | The Washington Post — May 2, 2017

Propaganda used to be a source of shame. Now governments take pride in it. | The Washington Post — Dec. 13, 2016

Hungary Fought For Freedom. Now It's Content With Tyranny. | Foreign Policy — October 27, 2016

Democracy Takes a Global Hit | The Wall Street Journal — January 27, 2016

Exploiting Terrorism as a Pretext for Repression | The Wall Street Journal — January 27, 2015

Articles & Reports by Arch Puddington

August 23, 2018 | Blog Post
June 21, 2018 | Blog Post
April 5, 2018 | Blog Post
March 14, 2018 | Blog Post
September 18, 2017 | Blog Post
September 6, 2017 | Blog Post
April 20, 2017 | Blog Post
August 18, 2016 | Blog Post
February 9, 2016 | Blog Post
January 26, 2016 | Blog Post
July 27, 2015 | Blog Post
March 30, 2015 | Blog Post
February 25, 2015 | Blog Post
January 28, 2015 | Article
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December 5, 2014 | Blog Post
November 20, 2014 | Blog Post
October 31, 2014 | Article
In the News
October 10, 2014 | Blog Post
September 29, 2014 | Blog Post
August 25, 2014 | Blog Post
August 19, 2014 | Blog Post
July 9, 2014 | Blog Post
July 7, 2014 | Article
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June 10, 2014 | Article
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May 2, 2014 | Blog Post
April 16, 2014 | Blog Post
March 19, 2014 | Article
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January 23, 2014 | Article
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November 26, 2013 | Blog Post
October 23, 2013 | Blog Post