The Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989, triggering a series of events that ultimately ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in late 1991. The legacy of Communism in Eastern Europe has been much harder to dismantle.
The election of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reinforced Indonesia’s democratic credentials while serving as further proof that democracy remains vibrant outside of the global north. Read the article by Sarah Repucci here.
On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, CNN's Global Public Square looks at Freedom House's rankings of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics to see how those liberated countries have actually fared.
The more North Koreans learn about the realities of life outside their hermit dictatorship, the weaker the regime’s ability to control the political message. We should do whatever necessary to give the North Korean people access to information about the real world.
As the West has turned its attention to the Islamic State and the Ukraine crisis, the government of President Ilham Aliyev has expanded its crackdown on dissenting voices in Azerbaijan with harassment, threats, beatings, and arrests. Even American citizens and international NGOs have bet caught up in the widening net of repression. Read David Kramer's American Interest Op-Ed.