President Trump's Fiscal Year 2019 budget request proposes to cut funding for democracy programs, which will have harmful effects on human rights and security around the globe.
The following countries are among those that may be approaching important turning points in their democratic trajectory, according to the latest Freedom in the World report.
Law enforcement authorities should immediately release the 29 women detained for removing their headscarves in protest of a discriminatory compulsory hijab law.
Tunisia’s leaders, particularly President Essebsi, have relied on self-serving political consensus that has slowed democratic reforms and exposed the gap between citizens and government.
If the authorities in Baku continue to ignore court orders to release an opposition politician, Azerbaijan could face expulsion from the 47-member organization.
One of the country’s most respected graduate centers faces closure due to an investigation whose motivations remain murky.
Antidemocratic leaders share a propensity for using scapegoats to weaken their opponents and break constraints on their own power.