Freedom House has released Countries at the Crossroads 2012. Countries at the Crossroads is Freedom House’s annual assessment of government performance in 72 strategically important countries worldwide. The in-depth comparative analyses and quantitative ratings, assessing each country’s performance in four spheres: government accountability and public voice, civil liberties, rule of law, and anti-corruption and transparency.
The 2012 edition is the seventh in the Countries at the Crossroads series and covers 35 countries, 32 of which have been examined in past editions. An expert-authored narrative report of approximately 7,000 words was produced for each country in the survey, now available at Freedom House website.
Read the expert report on Iran, authored by Golnaz Esfandiari, here.
Excerpt from Countries at the Crossroads 2012 :
The scores for the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries featured in this year’s edition of Crossroads demonstrate the extraordinary turning point at which the region finds itself, between the creation of fair and representative governance systems on the one hand, and faltering progress or backsliding on the other. At the close of the report’s scoring period—the roughly two-year span ending on January 1, 2012, for most countries—there were high expectations for democratic reform in the places that experienced uprisings, but also dashed hopes where authoritarian governments doubled down on the use of force to maintain their grip on power. Moreover, a number of troubling developments during the months after the end of the scoring period suggest that progress toward democratic consolidation, particularly in Egypt, is uncertain.