Chris Walsh

Director, Freedom and Democracy
George W. Bush Institute

Christopher Walsh serves as Director, Freedom and Democracy at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Mr. Walsh manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight.

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Mr. Walsh worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Mr. Walsh is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and four young children.

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Read the article Pluralism is a big deal .
Mar 16, 2023

Pluralism is a big deal

By: Chris Walsh, William McKenzie
Over the coming months, the George W. Bush Institute will explore the nature of pluralism and how it’s working in our country. Improving our commitment to pluralism is intrinsically tied to strengthening our democracy.
Read the article Five ways Congress and the private sector can help preserve local journalism.
Feb 1, 2023

Five ways Congress and the private sector can help preserve local journalism

By: William McKenzie, Chris Walsh
Bush Institute experts Bill McKenzie, Senior Editorial Advisor, and Chris Walsh, Director of Freedom and Democracy recently released new policy recommendations on combatting disinformation, supporting freedom of the press, and preserving local journalism. We zoom in and highlight five ways in which policy makers and the private sector can help aid the local news crisis below.
Read the article Democracy: Why America must lead to strengthen democracy worldwide.
Jan 17, 2023

Democracy: Why America must lead to strengthen democracy worldwide

By: Chris Walsh
By virtue of its political and economic might, the United States is uniquely positioned to champion the cause of freedom around the world. Doing so directly benefits Americans because free societies are more likely to engage in commerce, respect the rule of law, create pluralistic cultures that promote tolerance, and foster peaceful relations; they are less likely to go to war with each other.