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Summit for Democracy: Progress for the future

Learn about some of the initiatives resulting from the December 9–10 virtual Summit for Democracy, hosted by President Biden.
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United with Ukraine [April-May 2022]

Check out our latest coverage of the developments in Ukraine and the U.S. response. This article will be updated on a rolling basis.

What are President Obama’s foreign policy goals for 2015?

In his penultimate State of the Union address, President Obama told the 114th Congress, the Supreme Court, diplomatic guests and others assembled at the U.S....
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Peaceful protests are a protected American tradition

The U.S. government protects its citizens' right to protest at both the federal and the city level. Learn more about protest permits here.
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Fighting for justice in authoritarian regimes

As the world marks Social Justice Day on February 20, here's a look at injustices that regimes in China, Iran and Venezuela inflict on their own people.
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The international community welcomes the new Ukrainian government

On December 2, Ukraine’s elected parliament approved the country’s first new government since protesters ousted former president Viktor Yanukovych in February. The international community warmly...
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Defending technology from authoritarian abuse

The U.S. is working with international partners to ensure the responsible development of technology and to prevent authoritarian misuse.
Woman demonstrator seated and bound on sidewalk with other protesters in background (© Francois Mori/AP Images)

Iran sinks in press freedom index

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders says Iran has slipped further toward the bottom of its World Press Freedom Index.
Graphic showing three dictators (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Some election wins aren’t what they seem

When an election winner takes 95 or 100 percent of the vote, it's less likely he's incredibly popular and more likely that the election was not free and fair.