"In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The reversal has spanned a variety of countries in every region, from long-standing democracies like the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia...the pattern is consistent and ominous. Democracy is in retreat." - Freedom House, 2019

Over the past decade, we have seen a steady decline in democracies around the globe.  From the instability of newly established democracies in developing countries following the period of decolonization, to the erosion of long withstanding democratic systems in the West, freedoms are being threatened globally.  Whether your submission covers the corrupt practices of once democratic leaders, the rising influence of populism, communism, and authoritarianism, the span of pro-democracy protests worldwide, or the effects of democratization on global migration, Confluence will accept a variety of different interpretations of this topic.  We will be accepting academic essays, literature reviews, travelogues, and write-ups on co-op or volunteer experiences that are related to this theme.  We look forward to hearing what International Studies students have to say.

Make a submission for our Fall 2020 edition here.