Promoting U.S. Leadership
Freedom House believes that the United States has an essential part to play in the global struggle for liberty. The US 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.
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. 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.
Principles for Safeguarding US Democracy
The United States 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.
Policy Recommendations: Strengthening Democracy
Democracies should work to support their core principles at home and around the world. The following recommendations are intended to provide a framework for democratic countries as they pursue this goal.
Freedom in the World 2020: United States Country Report
The United States is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2020.
Freedom on the Net 2020: United States Country Report
The United States is rated Free in Freedom on the Net 2020.
US Strategy to Support Democracy
Learn more about the Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism.
Joint Letter: A Human Rights Approach to US-China Policy
February 17, 2021
Joint Letter: Strengthening US Support for Human Rights Defenders
February 9, 2021
Joint Letter to the US on Dan Gertler’s OFAC License
February 2, 2021
In His Own Words: How Biden Can Revive Global Democracy
January 20, 2021
United States: Freedom House Calls on Lawmakers to Accept the Presidential Election Result
January 4, 2021
Joint Letter: Support for Establishing the Senate Human Rights Commission
December 8, 2020
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.