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Sept. 15, 2020

Maintaining Democracy And Human Rights As Pillars Of U.S. Foreign Policy


As the world experiences its fourteenth consecutive year of democratic regression, skeptics have raised questions about the future of democracy and human rights around the world.

As authoritarian governments continue to challenge stable and newer democracies and commit human rights abuses, these developments have also prompted debate about what role the United States should play in advancing democracy and human rights globally. Rarely has a bi-partisan effort to promote these values been more needed.

This live conversation took place on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

Speakers include:
- Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, The Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute

- Dan Twining, President of the International Republican Institute

- Jennifer McCoy, Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University

- Levar Smith, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Morehouse College

The conversation will be moderated by Paige Alexander, CEO of The Carter Center.

In support of this work, The Carter Center and the Bush Institute are collaborating on a two-part event to raise public awareness of the issues and encourage discussion and dialogue among college age students, and highlight the recommendations of the report. The public Forum event will be followed by a closed-door, question and answer session for college students. If you would like to participate in the student-focused session please email

The George W. Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Initiative recently released a call-to-action paper, Choose Freedom, aimed at revitalizing bipartisan consensus on America’s role in the world and freedom, democracy, and human rights as key components of U.S. foreign policy.

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