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Democracy and Governance

2014 YALI Washington Fellows studying in Virginia. (Photo by 2014 Washington Fellow, Rachael Njeri Wainaina)

Audio Young Leaders Will Shape Africa's Future

Five hundred young men and women from across Africa will gather in Washington next week, part of our nation’s long-term effort to support and invest in Africa’s next generation of educators, entrepreneurs, activists and leaders. More

Zone 9 bloggers and journalists being escorted to court.

Audio Ethiopian Bloggers Should Be Released

The U.S. reiterates its call on Ethiopia to refrain from using anti-terrorism laws as a mechanism to curb the free exchange of ideas. More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, centre, announces a deal with Afghanistan's presidential candidates Abdulah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani for the auditing of all Afghan election votes at the United Nations Compound in Kabul, Saturday, July 12, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

Audio A Way Forward In Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one step closer to the first peaceful, democratic transfer of power from one president to another. More

Defying the turmoil roiling their nation Libyans vote in parliament elections in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Audio From Idealism To Instability In Libya

The United States is deeply concerned about the rapid escalation of violence in Libya that could lead to widespread conflict there. More

Audio Freedom Of Expression Matters

Freedom of expression, and a state's obligation or commitment to ensure this right, applies online as well as offline. More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

Audio Sri Lanka Must Lift NGO Restrictions

The United States is concerned by reports that the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense has ordered registered non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, and civil society groups to cease their media engagements and activities.

Audio Chinese Imprison Christian Pastor

Chinese Christian pastor Zhang Shaojie was convicted July 4th and sentenced to 12 years in prison in retaliation for his peaceful advocacy on behalf of his church community.

Audio Pivotal Step For Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine

In late June, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia signed a number of agreements with the European Union aimed at increasing cooperation with these countries’ Western neighbors.

Audio Albania Begins Path To EU Membership

Albania has been granted official European Union candidate status by the European Council.

Audio Libyan Human Rights Activist Assassinated

Prominent Libyan human rights activist and political thinker Salwa Bugaighis, was gunned down in her home town of Benghazi on June 26th.

Audio Independence Day 2014

Self-government is a core American value and is at the heart of the Declaration of Independence, which we celebrate July 4th.

Audio Policy and Programs On Global Women's Issues

Women are critical to every issue we face, including security, health, governance, and the economy.

Audio Democracy And Good Governance Promote Prosperity

“The last decade has been a story of democracy and economic achievement in Latin America and the Caribbean."

Audio A Peaceful Transfer Of Power In Malawi

The southern African nation of Malawi has achieved another peaceful transfer of power with the inauguration of Peter Mutharika as president on May 31.

Audio U.S. Assistance To Georgia

The United States is a strong supporter of Georgia's democratic and economic development.

Audio The U.S. and Egypt's New President

Egypt’s former military chief Abdelfattah al-Sisi was sworn in as president of Egypt June 8, following his victory in the May presidential election.

Audio Additional Aid To Ukraine

In their recent meeting, President Barack Obama and now inaugurated Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed the importance of rooting out corruption, increasing transparency, and creating new models of economic growth.

Audio Arbitrary Arrests Threaten Legal Rights In Rwanda

Some individuals were held for over a month without charge and were unable to communicate with lawyers or their families.

Audio Community Of Democracies

Programs such as LEND help fledgling democracies in the midst of transition.

Audio Boosting U.S. Ties With Somalia

Recognizing Somalia’s progress and as a sign of our nation’s faith, President Barack Obama will soon name a U.S. ambassador.

Audio Moving Forward In Ukraine

The May 25th election in Ukraine of President-elect Petro Poroshenko reaffirms Ukraine's commitment to the democratic process.

Audio The U.S. And The Power Of Multilateral Action

President Barack Obama emphasized the importance -- for the U.S. and the world -- of multilateral action and international cooperation.

Audio Resuming U.S. Aid To Madagascar

In light of successful 2013 elections and installation of a new government, the United States has lifted restrictions on provision of foreign assistance.

Audio U.S. Support For Democracy

“America’s support for democracy and human rights goes beyond idealism -- it is a matter of national security."

Audio Obama On Transition In Afghanistan

Thanks to the skill and sacrifice of American troops, diplomats, and intelligence professionals, the U.S. has struck significant blows against al-Qaida’s leadership.