President Donald Trump with other officials during Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
For Trump, putting America first means that being a global leader on human rights may take a back seat.
Venezuela is among the countries in which popular resistance to repressive politics is on the rise.
There are groundswells of civic engagement in a handful of countries, but ensuring the survival of fundamental freedoms in these dangerous times will require a resistance that knows no borders.
Protestors hold banners saying ‘No to the stigmatisation of civilians’ at a meeting of the Hungarian parliament’s justice committee.
A proposed law in Hungary to monitor finances of foreign-funded NGOs is another burden for the country's civi society.
Supporters of Marine Le Pen campaigning in southern France ahead of the second round of the presidential election.
France seems more divided than ever going into the run-off vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on May 7.
Ethiopia’s large young population could become an advantage if backed by appropriate policies.
Over 70% of Ethiopia's population is under 30 years of age. This can be converted to economic muscle if policies are introduced to tackle the high unemployment levels in the country.
Ethiopia has been ruled by a coalition since 1991.
Corruption has become entrenched in Ethiopia because of the political dominance of a single party -- the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.
Is Erdoğan (on the right) projecting himself as the next Atatürk (on the left), modern Turkey’s revered founding father?
Turkey's referendum could lead to a tremendous change in the country's political development, leading to an extremely autocratic regime.
Rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Rather than an outright coup, Venezuela's government has slowly eroded its democratic institutions and processes, until now.
A vote is cast in New Hampshire 2012 primary.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke
Some American voters hope that instant runoff can make our elections better. But a mathematician has an idea for another solution.
The Paraguayan capital briefly became a battleground between police, protesters and politicians.
One protester was killed and several senators bloodied as Paraguayans rebelled against what they consider an unconstitutional attempt to extend President Horacio Cartes' term.
Enjoying it while they can.
Freedom of protest and dissent could not be more fundamental to the American project. Is it in mortal peril?
King Mohammed VI of Morocco (right) arrives at the 28th African Union session.
By admitting South Sudan and Morocco to the African Union, the continental organisation has proven yet again that its commitment to upholding its own democratic ideals is lacking.
Officials check an electronic voting machine.
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Election results almost always come with conspiracy theories attached, but India's latest round of recriminations goes deeper than usual.
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa (L) and Presidential candidate Lenin Moreno greet supporters.
Recent elections in Latin America have suggested a retreat from left-wing politics and populist leaders. But results from Ecuador's 2017 presidential election suggest otherwise.
Turkey may soon become one of the few countries in the history of democracy to vote for the death of democracy.
If the 'yes' vote prevails in this month's constitutional referendum, the Turkish people may be in the rare position of democratically approving the death of their own democracy.
A 2013 election poster of current Armenian president, Serzh Sargsyan. Will the country’s transition into a parliamentary system reinforce his power or lead to a totally new government?
Armenia's upcoming election should advance the country's transition from presidential to parliamentary system. But President Serzh Sargsyan may have a hidden agenda to retain power beyond his term's end.
The idea that violence is acceptable when levelled against tyranny is a core American belief.
The Indian people felt a moral obligation to queue up and co-operate with the ‘notes ban’ policy.
Public co-operation is not proof of trust in government. The Indian people did not trust elected politicians to represent them against top-down policymaking that caused enormous difficulties.
With the likes of Pablo Iglesias and Ada Colau coming to power in Spain, we are witnessing the rise of the ‘post-representatives’.
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Spain has been transformed into a democratic laboratory, where the participation and use of new communication strategies are ready for experimentation and innovation.
Ecuador’s Rafael Correa is one of the wold’s top politician-tweeters.
Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
When leaders of weak democracies use social media to connect with their constituents, people feel heard. But Twitter responses won't give citizens what they need.