Nicole Bibbins Sedaca

Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow
George W. Bush Institute

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca is the Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute. Bringing her expertise on American foreign policy, democracy, freedom, human rights, and leadership, Ms. Bibbins Sedaca writes and speaks on behalf of the George W. Bush Institute and serves as faculty in our various leadership programs. 

Ms. Bibbins Sedaca is the executive vice president for strategy and programs at Freedom House, an organization dedicated to defending and expanding freedom throughout the world by promoting accountable government, the rule of law, civil liberties, and political rights.

Previously, she taught at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program, and served as the Deputy Director and Chair for the Global Politics and Security Concentration, as well as a Professor in the Practice of International Affairs in MSFS.

Ms. Bibbins Sedaca has held numerous positions in the public and non-governmental sectors in the United States and Ecuador. She served for ten years in the United States Department of State, working on democracy promotion, human rights, human trafficking, religious freedom, refugees, and counterterrorism. Following her governmental service, she opened and directed the International Republican Institute’s local governance program in Ecuador. She also taught at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) on democratization and conflict resolution. She also co-led the USFQ Model United Nations team that won several awards in April 2009. Prior to returning to Georgetown full-time, she served as the Director of the Washington Office of Independent Diplomat, a diplomatic advisory group. Ms. Bibbins Sedaca has served on numerous academic and non-profit boards, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Justice Mission.  

Ms. Bibbins Sedaca holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The College of William and Mary, where she was a Presidential and Monroe Scholar. She studied at Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin, Germany, while on a Rotary International Scholarship.

 

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Read the article The U.S. Must Continue to Support Democracy Abroad.
Feb 24, 2021

The U.S. Must Continue to Support Democracy Abroad

By: Nicole Bibbins Sedaca
The Bush Institute's Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow, Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, sits down with Christopher Walsh, the Bush Institute's Human Freedom and Women's Initiative Senior Program Manager, to discuss how the U.S. can strengthen democracy at home while also supporting it abroad.
Read the article America's Democratic Identity Binds Together a Diverse Nation.
Feb 23, 2021

America's Democratic Identity Binds Together a Diverse Nation

By: Nicole Bibbins Sedaca
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, a Professor in the Practice of International Affairs at Georgetown University and the Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow at the Bush Institute, writes that, despite Americans' divided identities, our shared "American democratic identity" unites us under longstanding democratic values, institutions, and processes.
Read the article Don't Do Our Enemies' Work for Them.
Oct 13, 2020

Don't Do Our Enemies' Work for Them

By: Nicole Bibbins Sedaca
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, the Kelly and David Phiel Fellow at the Bush Institute, writes that a cyberattack on American democracy is a threat to all Americans, not just to one group, party, or person.
Read the article Debate Policies, Not Democracy.
Sep 15, 2020

Debate Policies, Not Democracy

By: Nicole Bibbins Sedaca
The Bush Institute's Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow, Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, urges Americans to continue to advance civil debates about public policy, while protecting our undeniably important democratic institutions and processes.
Read the article This is What Democracy Looks Like.
Jul 21, 2020

This is What Democracy Looks Like

By: Nicole Bibbins Sedaca
Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow Nicole Bibbins Sedaca writes that the current protests in the United States are not a sign of democratic weakness. Remarkably, the Georgetown University professor contends, they could prove to be a strong boost for American democracy and a notable show of the strength and importance of democracy.