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Democracy and Governance

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The president and prime minister sought to mend their fractured relationship during their meeting, the first time they have talked face to face in more than a year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Audio Zionism is Not Racism Anniversary

"We are resolved to tell the world that we will condemn anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, no matter how their proponents attempt to cloak it in some false mantle of respectability." More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Tunisian Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche speak to reportersTunis, Tunisia, Nov. 13, 2015.

Audio Kerry in Tunisia

In Tunisia, where the Arab Spring was born, democratic progress continues. On a recent visit there, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, "the eyes of the world are on Tunisia, and America wants Tunisia to succeed." More

People gather outside the French Consulate in Los Angeles to honor the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Audio U.S. Stands with Paris

​The American people stand in solidarity with the people of France in the wake of the recent and tragic terror attack in Paris. More

Women protest for rights in Kenya. U.S. and other governments voiced concerns that NGO restrictions may undermine human rights.

Audio Kenya Suspends Cancellation of NGO registrations

Ambassadors issue joint statement underscoring strong and ongoing support for a vibrant, free, and independent civil society in Kenya. More

A man reads a ballot in front of a voting cabin at a polling station during a parliamentary elections in Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 1, 2015.

Audio Parliamentary Elections in Azerbaijan

“It is impossible for us to say that Azerbaijan has made progress on. . . previous election observation recommendations, which identified and sought to address limitations to fundamental freedoms.” More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

Audio Kerry in Kyrgyzstan

American University of Central Asia provides a fundamental foundation for democracy.

Audio U.S., Central Asia Partners for 21st Century

The United States is committed to partnering with Central Asia to build democratic governments powered by free market economies and to cooperate on global challenges such as climate change and violent extremism.

Audio In Defense of Democracy

The space for civil society is shrinking in many parts of the world, said U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Audio In Burma, Gearing Up for Crucial Election

So far, the Government of Burma has made a strong effort to improve the administration and transparency of the electoral process. To reinforce this effort, the United States is providing more than $18 million in assistance to conduct the elections.

Audio North Korea Devoid of Religious Freedom

According to the newly released International Religious Freedom Report, North Korea remains a country of particular concern for its severe abuses of religious freedom.

Audio Democracy in Ukraine Remains Resilient

The United States congratulates the people of Ukraine for exercising their right to vote

Audio A Successful Election in Cote d'Ivoire

The United States Government congratulates the Ivoirian people and President Ouattara.

Audio Entering the Diversity Visa Lottery for 2017

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

Audio Another Venezuelan Opposition Leader Jailed

The United States remains concerned about the arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader Manuel Rosales.

Audio A Political Framework Vital for Libya's Future

Now it is time for Libyans to move forward and finalize the approval of the political framework text.

Audio Dialogue, not Violence, Needed in Congo

We call on President Sassou [Nguesso] to postpone the referendum, to defuse the current situation, and allow for dialogue and discussion.

Audio Nobel Peace Prize for Tunisian Quartet

“The Tunisian model of inclusivity and respecting fundamental freedoms of all its citizens is the best answer to the violence and extremist ideologies that have torn apart other countries in the region."

Audio Elections in the Kyrgyz Republic

Nearly 60 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in parliamentary elections featuring 14 political parties competing for all 120 seats in the Jogorku Kenesh.

Audio Opportunity for Peaceful Change in C.A.R.

A resurgence of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic, C.A.R., raises grave concerns for that country’s political transition and respect for the human rights of all its citizens.

Audio More Suffocation of Civil Society in Russia

​After 22 years, a space for exchange between the people and cultures of Russia and the United States has been cut off by the Russian government.

Audio Concerns About Burma's Candidate Disqualifications

The United States is concerned about the candidate disqualifications and is watching the situation closely. Almost all Muslim candidates were reportedly disqualified, but authorities have yet to provide the specific reasons why they didn’t meet the citizenship criteria.

Audio Political Prisoners Must Be Set Free

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power recently deplored the fact that “women whose critically important voices will be missing from the dialogue around the Beijing+20 conference.”

Audio Justice Denied in Venezuela

​The United States has voiced deep disappointment over the conviction and sentencing of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Audio Power Grab in Burkina Faso Threatens Legitimacy

The United States strongly condemns the actions by elements of the Presidential Security Regiment against the civilian-led transition government of Burkina Faso.

Court in Central African Republic Upholds Rule of Law

Officials in the Central African Republic are working diligently to prepare for long-awaited national elections despite some organizational challenges.