About the foundation
Who we are
The Alliance of Democracies Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former NATO Secretary General and former Prime Minister of Denmark. The Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of democracy and free markets across the globe and runs three programs:
The Copenhagen Democracy Summit
An annual conference bringing together political and business leaders, including current and former heads of government, from the world’s democracies. The goal of the Summit is to be the top international forum for analysis on the security and economic challenges facing the democratic world as well as a forum for analysis on the interplay between technology and democratic norms.
The Expeditionary Economics Program
The program supports successful entrepreneurial projects in emerging democracies and post-conflict areas, proving the universal appeal and potential of democracy and entrepreneurship. The purpose is to solidify at-risk democracies through locally driven economic growth.
The Campaign for Democracy
The Campaign for Democracy engages supporters of democracy worldwide and builds a powerful intellectual movement for the cause of democracy through online presence, media engagement, and moral support for dissidents. The Vision of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation is to become the world’s leading “megaphone” for the cause of democracy.
Why fight for democracy?
Since the end of World War II, the United States and its allies in Europe and Asia have established an international order dominated by democracy and market-based economies. This order has proven highly successful - facilitating unprecedented levels of prosperity, security, and freedom for hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Yet the world’s democracies and the very ideal of democracy have come under increasing pressure in recent years. Domestically, the world’s democracies are marred by self-doubt, internal divisions, and a stifling political correctness.
Internationally, the democratic world is under threat from rising autocracies and terrorist organizations, rolling back the global expansion of democracy that took place after the fall of communism.
Established democracies are challenged by slow economic growth and mass migration.
The need for creative solutions and new vitality is clear and urgent, yet most of the leading democracies in the world are deeply split over how we move forward.
The Alliance of Democracies Foundation seeks to meet the urgent need for strengthening the spines of the world’s democracies. The overarching purpose is to revitalize the world’s democracies and to bring them together in an unshakeable and undefeatable alliance for peace, prosperity, and the advancement of democracy around the world.
Our logo has been created on the basis of circles, which are used as symbols of alliances. The hexagon is formed when circles are gathered and occur naturally and often in nature, just as we believe that democracy should occur naturally in the world. Visually, the hexagon expresses strength, solidity and action - the core of the conditions for democracy. Democracy is maintained and developed in alliances and is expressed as life among people - the round outer of the logo.