Promoting U.S. Leadership
Freedom House believes that the United States has an essential part to play in the global struggle for liberty.
Freedom House believes that the United States, as the world’s most influential democracy, has an essential part to play in the global struggle for liberty. It has a unique capacity and a moral obligation to cultivate alliances with free nations and lend support to democracy advocates in authoritarian or transitional settings. Doing so ultimately protects the freedom, security, and prosperity of Americans by promoting stable democratic governance, preventing armed conflicts and failed states, and ensuring an international order based on human rights and the rule of law.
Calling for US Leadership Amid a Leaderless Struggle for Democracy
Democracy advocates around the world have historically turned to the United States for inspiration and support. However, in recent years, fierce rhetorical attacks on the press, the rule of law, and other pillars of democracy coming from American leaders undermine the country’s ability to persuade other governments to defend core human rights and freedoms.
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The Democracy Project
Even as Americans remain committed to the ideals of democracy, a majority see democracy in the United States as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey jointly commissioned by Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.