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President Obama's call to arms against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), like his response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, steps up U.S. efforts to curb major threats to U.S. interests. Does it also signal a greater commitment by Obama to stand up for democracy in the world? Probably not. But he should make democracy a priority.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Americas

The execution of James Foley is an extremely sobering reminder of the dangers faced by journalists determined to document the suffering of civilians and of the grave dangers to fundamental freedoms posed by ISIS.

Issues: 
Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa
Tyler Roylance
Staff Editor

In the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and East Asia, antidemocratic forces have been on the rampage, threatening to pull the United States into new conflicts against its will. In each of these cases, the crisis has origins in authoritarian rule, and only a policy built on the promotion of democratic governance has any hope of ensuring a lasting peace.

 

Maggie Proctor
Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

The recent presidential elections in Egypt and Syria have demonstrated that even the worst dictators feel obliged to seek popular legitimacy through the symbols of democracy. But the elections they orchestrate are less a contest between rival candidates than a measurement of the leader’s control over the population.

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Special Reports

Safety on the Line: Exposing the myth of mobile communication security

This report evaluates the risks and vulnerabilities of mobile phone services and apps in 12 specified countries, analyzing multiple mobiel technologies to determine their capacity to protect security and privacy and to combat censorship and surveillance.
Download the full report here.

Issues: 
Internet Freedom
Regions: 
Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa

Worst of the Worst 2011: The World's Most Repressive Societies

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World. The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense
Regions: 
Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Worst of the Worst 2010

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law
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Freedom House works with Syrian political activists to build their capacity for non-violent struggle, strategy development, effective advocacy, and safe and secure communications skills.