Dr. Peter Ackerman Becomes New Chairman of Freedom House
"Peter Ackerman's work and writings on nonviolent civic resistance have been a source of inspiration and education for citizens-movements and activists all over the world," said Freedom House Executive Director Jennifer Windsor. "His strong and unwavering commitment to fostering and strengthening democracy is a tremendous asset for Freedom House, and we are privileged to benefit from his leadership."
Dr. Ackerman is co-author of Strategic Nonviolent Conflict, published by Praeger in 1994, and A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, published by Palgrave/St. Martin's Press in 2001. The latter volume is a companion book to the Emmy-nominated documentary of the same title, of which he was series editor and principal content advisor. Dr. Ackerman was also executive producer of "Bringing Down A Dictator," the Peabody award-winning documentary by filmmaker Steve York, which chronicled the fall of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia.
Dr. Ackerman has also served as founding chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, an organization that disseminates knowledge about the indigenous use of civilian-based, nonviolent strategies to establish justice and democratic self-rule worldwide.
Dr. Ackerman is a graduate of Colgate University and holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, for which he now serves as Chairman of the Board of Overseers. He also serves on the boards of CARE and the Council on Foreign Relations, on the Executive Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and on the advisory councils of the United States Institute of Peace and the United States Olympic Committee.
The Freedom House board of trustees consists of a diverse group of leaders of business, labor, journalism, the academic world, and former senior government officials. All are united in the view that American leadership in international affairs is essential to the cause of human rights and freedom. Founded in 1941 by Eleanor Roosevelt, Wendell Willkie and other eminent Americans, Freedom House is a global, non-partisan voice for democracy and human rights. It produces annual global surveys on the state of political rights and civil liberties, and operates a range of democracy development programs in a number of emerging democracies and closed societies.
Freedom House is headquartered in Washington DC and New York and operates programs in Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.