Global Leadership

Freedom and Democracy

Affirming the values of freedom and democracy, strengthening the institutions that secure these values at home, and helping to spread them abroad.

71%

of Americans favor the U.S. government taking steps to support democracy and human rights in other countries

84%

of Americans believe it is important to live in a country governed democratically

For more than 75 years, the liberal international order has secured peace, advanced justice, and expanded prosperity in the United States and around the world. American leadership has been central to its success.

Today, that order appears to be under attack. The rise in populism, illiberalism, nationalism, and protectionism; fading confidence in our institutions and free markets; global economic disruption; and polarized political discourse are all to blame.

The Freedom and Democracy project seeks to celebrate, protect, and extend the spirit of liberty at home and in the world.

We know that free governments are the only way to ensure that the strong are just and the weak are valued. We know that when we lose sight of our ideals, it is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with preserving and protecting democracy.

President George W. Bush at the Spirit of Liberty, October 19, 2017

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