Author Archives: Arch Puddington

Arch Puddington, a George W. Bush Institute fellow in human freedom, is vice president for research at Freedom House.

YEAS AND NAYS ON NORTH KOREA

By Arch Puddington | November 25, 2014

The vote was 111–19, with 55 abstentions. The countries behind the 19 No votes fall into several categories.

A FREEDOM STRATEGY FOR NORTH KOREA

By Arch Puddington | October 27, 2014

The emergence of a modest information revolution — albeit with 20th century technology — goes an important part of the way towards answering the question of what can be done to undermine dictatorship in North Korea.

DICTATORSHIP WITHOUT THE STUPIDITIES

By Arch Puddington | May 29, 2014

Around the time that the Soviet Union formally disintegrated and Communism’s demise was acknowledged, a friend, an exile who had participated in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, predicted that a form of the old system would return, “Only this time without the stupidities.”

OBSTACLES TO FREEDOM, IN UKRAINE AND BEYOND

By Arch Puddington | March 25, 2014

The Ukraine crisis is a pointed reminder that peaceful revolutions are but the first phase in the process of building sustainable democracies. As developments over the past decade in Ukraine have demonstrated, many obstacles, and sometimes many adversaries, can block…

A LOOK AT THE STATE OF FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD

By Arch Puddington | January 29, 2014

This year marks the 41st edition of Freedom in the World. At the time the report was launched, in 1972, there was reason for concern about the condition of freedom. Democracy seemed to be in retreat, and the world’s democratic powers were mired in doubt and confusion.