Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Kate Byom

In a departure from the overt violence and election rigging of the past, many authoritarian leaders now prefer to quietly manipulate the legal framework, silencing dissent and limiting civil liberties to ensure that they remain in power.

Eli McCrain


The ICC celebrated its 12th birthday this month. To provide insight into the court’s current challenges, here is a review of all eight ongoing ICC investigations. The success or failure of each case will determine not only the ICC’s credibility, but also the practice of international criminal law as a whole.

Alyssa Rickard


The reemergence of unconditional solidarity among Africa’s incumbent leaders is threatening respect for human rights and good governance throughout the continent. 

Chloe Schwenke

President Obama's July 21 executive order on discrimination in employment will have a global impact.

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Emily Vitacolonna

A bill that could help the United States combat gender-based violence around the world has languished in Congress for more than five years.

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Eli McCrain

Many African rulers, citing the need for “reconciliation,” are vying to strip a nascent regional court of its ability to prosecute sitting heads of state for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

Chloe Schwenke

The Obama administration’s high-profile initiatives to embrace Africa have given short shrift to ethical leadership, democracy, and good governance.

Robert Herman


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.

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Russell Raymond

The sad reality of Iraq’s current crisis is that recent bloodshed and destruction at the hands of ISIL may have been avoided if Iraq’s political leaders made a genuine effort to deal with the past through transitional justice.

Arch Puddington

The press has a special responsibility to shine the spotlight on multinational corporations that collaborate with the agents of dictatorship.

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