Freedom & Democracy
Advocating that freedom is universal, democracy is the best way to ensure freedom -- and American global leadership is crucial to peace and prosperity.
“We know that free governments are the only way to ensure that the strong are just and the weak are valued. And 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
The values that underpin democracy and human rights are not just American values — they are universal ones.
Freedom worldwide has declined for almost two decades, and powers in Beijing and Moscow have exploited this crisis. This trend has occurred in countries with fragile democratic systems and in more mature democracies like those in Europe and the United States.
American leadership, working closely with allies, is critical to supporting democracy and people struggling for liberty around the world. Doing so reinforces the importance of accountability and enhances the conditions for a more peaceful, prosperous, and free world.
Encouraging democratization and respect for human rights globally is essential to advancing American values, as well as our security and economic interests around the world.
Executive Director George W. Bush Institute
Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow George W. Bush Institute
Senior Editorial Advisor George W. Bush Institute
Senior Fellow George W. Bush Institute
Associate and Expert-in-Residence, Freedom and Democracy George W. Bush Institute
Fellow George W. Bush Institute
President and Co-Founder, Chelsea Piers, L.P.; Former Chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
President, Freedom House
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Managing Director, Jigsaw
Former Under Secretary of State, Democracy and Global Affairs; Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Kennedy School, Harvard University
Founding President, National Endowment for Democracy
Syndicated Columnist, Washington Post
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, EmPath
Managing Director, The Carlyle Group; Vice Chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Associate Professor, Cox School of Business, SMU
Adjunct Professor, SMU
President, National Democratic Institute
Chair, Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP)
Former U.S. Ambassador to France and the Czech Republic
President, International Republican Institute
Former President, National Democratic Institute