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Democracy and Governance

U.S. President Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and President Pranab Mukherjee wave to the crowd at the end of India’s annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.

Audio U.S. - India Work for the Good of the People

A close relationship between the United States and India is beneficial not only to the two strategic partner countries, but will promote security, prosperity, and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and the world as a whole. More

A woman resident passes by a burning house in Mariupol, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Audio U.S. Condemns Russian-Backed Separatist Attack

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the horrific assault on Mariupol, by Russian-backed separatists. More

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

Audio Obama's State of the Union

The key to American leadership, said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech, is to combine military power with strong diplomacy. More

The perceived levels of public sector corruption in sub Saharan Africa

Audio Fighting Corruption Through Financial Transparency

The United States is stepping up efforts to combat government corruption, the self-dealing and out-right theft of public resources for private gain that undermines democracy, stifles economies, facilitates other kinds of crime and thwarts justice. More

A woman holding a sign that read in French "I am Charlie" lights a candle during a demonstration in solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo  in Kosovo capital Pristina, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.

Audio Terrorists Strike in Paris

“The values that we share with the French people, a belief, a universal belief in freedom of expression, is something that can’t be silenced because of the senseless violence of the few.” More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

Audio Political Peace in Somalia

The United States welcomes the Parliamentary confirmation of Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke.

Audio Where is Sombath Somphone?

This month marks the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of one of Laos' most respected civil society figures.

Audio Kerry on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s new leaders, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, as well as Afghanistan’s many international supporters, are optimistic about the future.

Audio U.S. Supports Haitians Right to Vote

The United States supports the right of the Haitian people to go to the polls to determine their future.

Audio Fighting Corruption On Multiple Fronts

Corruption affects countries around the world. Its forms and impact may vary, but the results are corrosive nonetheless, undermining democracy, stifling economies, thwarting justice, diverting resources, and ruining the futures of nations.

Audio Moving the Kosovo-Serbia Relationship Ahead

On December 9, the newly constituted Kosovo Assembly voted in a new governing coalition, ending the lengthy period of government formation since the June elections.

Audio Human Rights Day 2014

On December 10th, the global community observes International Human Rights Day, to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Audio Ukraine Forms New Government

“This sets the stage for the difficult but necessary process of implementing reforms and delivering results."

Audio Namibia Votes

The citizens of Namibia voted November 28 in Africa’s first electronic election, an example for other nations for commitment to the democratic process.

Audio China's Crackdown on Free Expression Continues

The United States remains concerned by the ongoing detention and prosecution of public interest lawyers, journalists, bloggers, religious leaders, and others who challenge official Chinese policies and actions.

Audio A Hopeful Sign in Burkina Faso

The West African nation of Burkina Faso is taking the first steps toward returning to democratic rule with the naming of an interim president.

Audio U.S. Committed to Helping Burma Transition to Democracy

“In the past two years, important changes have been made. ... At the same time, it’s clear how much hard work remains to be done, and that many difficult choices still lie ahead.”

Audio Justice In America: The Grand Jury System

Deliberations on whether to try a white police officer for the controversial shooting of an unarmed black teenager are focusing attention on a unique aspect of America’s criminal justice system, the grand jury.

Audio Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, it started a series of revolutions that changed Europe, and the world.

Audio Afghanistan and the Heart of Asia Initiatives

“The inauguration of the government of national unity marked a new beginning for Afghanistan.”

Audio Russia's Political Theater in Eastern Ukraine

On November 2nd, Russia-backed separatists in the separatist-controlled portions of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions organized and carried out illegitimate “elections.”

Audio America Votes

A strong promoter of spreading democracy abroad through free and fair elections, the United States turns its attention homeward this week with important balloting of its own across the country.

Audio Botswana Election Sets Worthy Example

President Ian Khama was sworn in for a second term as leader of Botswana on October 28 after the ruling Botswana Democratic Party retained its Parliamentary majority in elections last week.

Presidential Term Limits Key to Democracy in Africa

Support for democracy and free and fair elections are at the heart of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, and reflected in polling data from across the continent.

Audio U.S. Rallies Support to End South Sudan Crisis

The U.S. worked at the recent UNGA to focus greater attention and pressure toward ending the political crisis in South Sudan.