Following last week's decision by Freedom House President David J. Kramer to step down this fall after nearly four years in his leadership position, Freedom House Chairman of the Board, Kenneth I. Juster announced the search for the next President of the organization.
When the Obama administration sent its budget request to Congress this year, it featured a remarkable omission. The request for 2015 does not include language that has appeared for nearly 10 years, stating that U.S. democracy assistance will not be bound by the approval of foreign governments. This lapse threatens the interests—and potentially the lives—of people working to promote political freedom around the world.
We applaud Senator Markey for taking leadership on this important and timely human rights issue. This legislation would solidify the United States’ commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people around the world.
"We underestimate the profound importance of democracy promotion, but also its difficulty," stated Walter Russell Mead at the conference “Re-thinking Democracy Promotion Amid Rising Authoritarianism,” hosted by The American Interest, Freedom House and Johns Hopkins-SAIS.