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Democracy and Governance


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. More

Novoizabrani premijer Kosova Isa Mustafa rukuje se sa prethodnikom Hašimom Tačijem na sednici Skupštine u Prištini

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. More

Members of civil society hold placards during a protest against honor killing in Lahore, Pakistan.

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. More

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (2nd R) speaks to candidates of his government during a parliament session in Kiev December 2, 2014. Parliament met on Tuesday to vote on candidates for the top government positions. Ukrainian President Petro Poro

Audio Ukraine Forms New Government

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

A man dips his finger in the ink as Namibians queue to cast their votes, in the country's elections near Rundu, Namibia, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

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. More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

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.

Audio Guinea Massacre Crimes Still Go Unpunished

Indictments, summons not respected in Conakry killings.

Audio Iran and Prisoners of Conscience

“Freedom to profess and practice one’s faith, to believe or not to believe, or to change one’s beliefs, that is a birthright of every human being.”

Audio Entering the Diversity Visa Lottery for 2016

Every year the United States government makes available 50,000 immigrant visas to the citizens of countries with a lower rate of immigration to the United States.

Audio Obama Welcomes Modi to U.S.

President Barack Obama recently welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House.

Audio Public Demonstrations in Hong Kong

“We believe that an open society with the highest possible degree of autonomy and governed by the rule of law is essential for Hong Kong's stability and prosperity."

Audio U.S. Priorities at the 69th General Assembly

Many pressing global issues are being discussed, in what Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Dean Pittman said is a “challenging time for the United States and its partners.”

Audio Ukraine Signs Pact with European Union

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to ratify its Association Agreement with the European Union.

Audio Crimea 'Elections' Not Legitimate

The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called elections conducted in Crimea September 14th and will not acknowledge their outcome.

Audio Mozambique Peace Agreement Shows the Power of Negotiation

Mozambique’s president and opposition leader ratified a peace deal earlier this month that ends two-years of low level conflict throughout the country.