The Alliance of Democracies Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of democracy and free markets across the globe.

Our three initiatives

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 purpose of the conference is to build the intellectual and interpersonal foundations for a robust alliance of the world’s democracies.

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The Expeditionary
Economics Program

Greater focus on fostering local entrepreneurship will help stabilize post-conflict areas. The program supports economic reforms and entrepreneurs in emerging democracies and post-conflict areas. The purpose of the program is to solidify at-risk democracies through locally driven economic growth.

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The Campaign
for Democracy

A program building a robust eco-system of supporters through a powerful online presence, continuous media engagement, and moral support for dissidents and reformers. The program includes a Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity that works to prevent election interference.

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Defend Democracy Virtual Series

Sharing Taiwan’s Experience with Handling Coronavirus: A keynote talk with Digital Minister Audrey Tang

The Alliance of Democracies held the second edition of the #DefendDemocracy virtual series and called upon fellow democracies to learn from Taiwan’s experiences with handling coronavirus. For this, we were joined by Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang, who has a background with Taiwan’s vibrant civic tech community and spoke about Taiwan’s use of tech and an engaged citizenry (#RepublicOfCitizens) to curb the spread of the disease as an inspiration for other countries. The discussion was moderated by Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director, Alliance of Democracies Foundation.

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Defend Democracy Virtual Series

How democracies versus autocracies are handling COVID-19

The Alliance of Democracies in partnership with The Synergia Foundation kicked off the first edition of the #DefendDemocracy virtual series that gathered an expert panel from the US, India and Europe. The group discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on democracies especially with the authoritarian temptation on display internally and externally from China as they tout their approach as the most efficient during this unprecedented crisis. Experts included: Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director, Alliance of Democracies Foundation, Tobby Simon, Founder and President, Synergia Foundation, and Julie Smith, Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Asia Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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News

Pushing back against disinformation is more needed than ever

In early March, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation- led by Co-chairs of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI), Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Michael Chertoff- visited Silicon Valley together with commission members, Eileen Donahoe and Marietje Schaake. The delegation met with tech companies to discuss the preparedness prior to the 2020 elections. One thing is clear from the visit - pushing back against disinformation is more needed than ever.

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TIME.com

Taiwan Has Been Shut Out of Global Health Discussions. Its Participation Could Have Saved Lives

Taiwan is a frontrunner in the battle against COVID19. Taiwan can help the global response. China must stop playing geopolitics with global health.

Read the article of Chairman, Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Time.com:

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News

Visit from Hong Kong democracy activists

On February 26th, we hosted a small round-table discussion on freedom, democracy and the latest situation in Hong Kong. We welcomed a group from Hong Kong and local representatives from Danish media and academia. The round-table discussion covered a variety of topics related to the situation in Hong Kong including international support for the pro-democracy movement, ethical concerns when trading with China and the increase in violent protests.

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News

Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity goes global

In the beginning of the new year, the TCEI participated in the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi, India. Co-chair Anders Fogh Rasmussen and TCEI-member Marietje Schaake attended South Asia’s most important international conference to raise awareness towards election interference and to engage with stakeholders from around the world.

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News

How Taiwan's successful democracy deals with election interference

Executive Director, Jonas Parello-Plesner, led a Danish ‘Freedom and Democracy’ delegation to the Taiwanese elections in early January by invitation of the Taiwanese government. They met with the government, civil society, and social media platforms with a special focus on election interference during the days leading up to the elections.

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News

Alliance of Democracies Foundation partners with
Danish businesses

 Alliance of Democracies Foundation has partnered with VL, the Danish Management Society, on the theme 'Responsible Business - A Competitive Advantage'.
VL comprises top executives from Denmark’s business community and is committed to fostering and encouraging knowledge and understanding of modern leadership.

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Press release

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity taps Aspen Tech Policy Hub fellows to fight deepfakes and disinformation

We are pleased to welcome Erica Greene & Ora D. Tanner as nonresident Election Integrity fellows who will boost our efforts to counter election interference!

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Conference about foreign election interference

How can democracies protect their elections from external interference?

On December 2nd, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation hosted an event in the Danish Parliament about election interference. We welcomed the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeppe Kofod, and many other Danish and international speakers for speeches and interesting roundtable discussions. Watch and read our live coverage on facebook, youtube and twitter.

Recap

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Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

"Democracy may be broken, but we have no doubt we can fix it"

Anders Fogh Rasmussen opens the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019 with a call to end the phenomenon of Western self-doubt.

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Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

Congressman Schiff on US leadership

The Chair of the US Congress Intel Committee tells CDS that Congress, in a bipartisan approach, is asserting itself and reinforcing around the world that the US remains committed to democracy, human rights and free expression.

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Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

Democracy couch sessions

Throughout the Summit, we held couch sessions with democracy activists from around the world. In this video, we hear from Mariam Jalabi, representative of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to the UN, and Yan Htaik Seng, Digital Manager, BBC Media Action, Myanmar. We also heard from activists and representatives of civil society from Lebanon, Albania, Tunisia, Iraq, Indonesia and Nigeria. All of the Democracy Couch Sessions can be viewed on the Facebook live stream here.

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Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

Bi-partisan Congressional discussion

Congressmen Steny Hoyer (D) and Tom Cole (R) discussed the US role in promoting democracy and freedom.

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Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

Taiwanese Foreign Minister

"Even though our democracy is under threat, we will not give up our democracy and democratic way of life. In fact, we are determined to make Taiwan's democracy a beacon for those who long for freedom, democracy and the protection of human rights" stressed Joseph Wu

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Press Release

John Kerry joins transatlantic fight against elections meddling

68th US Secretary of State John Kerry has joined the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, a body created to counter the next wave of election interference.

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Press Release

"I would like this to serve as a wake-up call to the United States" Former NATO Sec Gen Rasmussen

Today, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and Dalia Research released the results of their annual Democracy Perception Index survey, the largest single democracy survey in the world, reflecting the views of over 174,000 respondents across 54 countries.

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Press Release

Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to back democracy in Copenhagen

Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will join for the 2nd annual Copenhagen Democracy Summit, taking place on June 27 - 28. He will provide a keynote address on the current state of global democracy.

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Press Release

Congressman Adam Schiff to Give Keynote Speech and Participate in Dialogue at Copenhagen Democracy Summit

Congressman Adam Schiff, the chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will speak at the 2nd Copenhagen Democracy Summit, to be held June 27th and 28th. Other speakers, including Maria Ressa and Joyce Banda, will also be present.

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Video

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity's work to fight deepfake technology

How does deepfake technology affect our democracies? The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity is examining this crucial question and coming up with solutions to fight disinformation and foreign election meddling.

Column

For election hackers, a new and more dangerous tool

Commissioners for the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity Michael Chertoff and Eileen Donahoe write for Reuters about the threat deepfake technology poses to our democracies.

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Copenhagen Democracy Summit

Recap of the 2018 Copenhagen Democracy Summit

The inaugural Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2018 took place at the scenic Royal Danish Playhouse, situated beautifully on the harbor front in central Copenhagen. The Summit highlighted important current issues facing the world’s democracies, and successfully brought together more than 300 participants from over 40 different countries having a range of backgrounds from politics, business, academia and journalism. 

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Foreign Policy Research Institute

Jack Tomarchio: Making Democracy Great Again

Board Member of the Center for Expeditionary Economics, Jack Thomas Tomarchio, reflects on the 2018 Copenhagen Democracy Summit: It wasn’t the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and it wasn’t meant to be. Bono wasn’t there, nor was Beyoncé, but former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair were. The event was the first Copenhagen Democracy Summit held on June 22, 2018. No glam, no glitz, just serious policy discussions from an array of former and current world leaders to discuss the precipitous slide in democracy and democratic values the world over.

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Press Release

Transatlantic legislators unite to step up efforts against election meddling

Despite the recent bizarre election meddling double-denial from Presidents Trump and Putin, lawmakers from both sides of the Atlantic joined forces to demand stronger action against meddling and foul play. Governments, legislatures, social media companies, and civil society are all called upon to step up their efforts. 

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Press Release

Elections still face risk of foreign interference on both sides of the Atlantic, high-level commission warns

A transatlantic, bi-partisan group of political, tech, business and media leaders are warning that neither side of the Atlantic is adequately prepared for the next wave of election meddling coming their way in 20+ major elections before 2020. The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) includes a former NATO Chief, US Homeland Security Secretary, US Vice-President, heads of state and senior political, media and tech figures.

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Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2018

Did you miss the Summit?

Do not worry. We have gathered speeches and panel debates from the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2018 on the Alliance of Democracies Facebook page for everyone to watch. Here you will also find interviews with the members of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity.

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Press Release

Democracy Perception Index 2018

The largest single global study measuring citizens’ trust in government indicates democracies are facing a severe crisis of faith in the eyes of the public. The Democracy Perception Index 2018 (DPI) finds that a majority of people living in democracies are disillusioned with the idea that their government is formed “by the people” and works “for the people.” The DPI, conducted by Dalia Research in collaboration with the Alliance of Democracies and Rasmussen Global, is based on nationally representative interviews with over 125,000 respondents in 50 countries worldwide.

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Building an Alliance of Democracies

The first panel discussion at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit was hosted by Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution and featured prominent politicians from some of the world’s leading democracies, who discussed how we can build friendships that realize our ambition of bringing together an international alliance of democracies:

José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain
Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico
Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister of the UK
Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former President of Estonia

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The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2018

Opening Remarks by Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Anders Fogh Rasmussen commenced the first Copenhagen Democracy Summit with a strong address stating: “Today gives us an opportunity to recommit to principles that we often take for granted; freedom, democracy, open markets and open societies.”. The opening statement by the Chairman and Founder of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation displayed great determination and conviction emphasizing the need to continuously promote democracy: “We are here to make democracies great again”. In light of this, Anders Fogh Rasmussen emphasized that the project of building an alliance of democracies is more important than ever.

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The Campaign for Democracy

Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity

A Transatlantic Commission will seek to fill a critical gap by fostering a more transatlantic and collective approach to prevent the next wave of election interference. It will raise awareness of public and governments on what foreign powers, especially Russia, are doing to undermine liberal democracies and recommend solutions to address this challenge.

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