The 2017 edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index records the worst decline in global democracy in years. In many countries, basic civil liberties, such as freedom of expression and participation in the political process, are severely curtailed. As democratic processes and institutions weaken, human rights become increasingly vulnerable. Green School experts examine the state of democracy in the world and the ways human rights play into both domestic political discourse and global affairs. Drawing lessons from the remarkable democratization in Central Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Green School explores how these models can be replicated elsewhere.