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Our Founder, Anders Fogh Rasmussen wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal his thoughts on AUKUS and Europe’s balancing act between the US and China.
"America is back but the world has changed. Europe should understand Washington’s top priority is defending freedom in the Indo-Pacific.
It should be Europe’s priority too."
Read the full The Wall Street Journal piece here.

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Listen to our Executive Director, Jonas Parello-Plesner, as he talks all things disinformation on the Infotagion Podcast, hosted by Damian Collins here.

Happy International Democracy Day!

The Alliance of Democracies Foundation and our founder, Anders Fogh Rasmussen wishes you all a happy International Democracy Day!

Check out a message from our founder - “Democracy means freedom, peace and prosperity. In short, the best system of governance in the world”.

That’s why our Copenhagen Charter proposes three specific areas for supporting and defending democracy:

  1. Collectively pushing back on authoritarianism
  2. Making tech work for democracy
  3. Standing up for democracy’s champions

We were happy to have NDI's Derek Mitchell & IRI's Daniel Twining co-sign it with us.

This is our contribution to Democracy Day, what is yours?

If the charter resonates with you as well, sign up here.

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In a recent Foreign Affairs piece, our Founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen, argues that the timing, method, and manner of the departure from Afghanistan were all wrong.

He argues that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan violated three basic principles of conflict management.
1) Don’t tell the enemy when you’re going to withdraw.
2) Don’t abandon your friends.
3) Don’t spurn the sacrifices of your troops.
As a result, he argues, Afghanistan has been thrown into crisis and Western democracies’ global credibility has been gravely damaged—failures which must now be reversed. They cannot be the end of the story. The world’s advanced democracies should learn from these mistakes, and must not lose heart when it comes to promoting their values and fighting for freedom.
Read the article here:

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At Alliance of Democracies, we promote democracy as a means to prosperity, security & freedom. 

In response to the decision to leave Afghanistan, our founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark and former Secretary General of NATO, finds that the exit strategy undermined the combined Afghan and Western efforts to build a stable democracy. 

“We have violated three basic principles. First, don’t tell the enemy when you’re going to withdraw. Second, don’t abandon your friends. Third, don’t spurn the efforts and sacrifice of your troops.” 

More here.

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Our founder, Anders Fogh Rassmussen spoke to CNN about the concerning situation in Afghanistan. The objective of the NATO withdrawal was right as Afghans should decide the future of Afghanistan. But the timing is wrong following last year’s deal with the Taliban which committed the USA to a timetable.

We should continue to support the Afghan security forces with targeted air strikes, equipment, training and by keeping Kabul airport secure. And we should - without hesitation - help those Afghans who supported NATO forces as interpreters and in other roles. For me this is not only the right thing to do but also important for our credibility in the future.

We have made progress in Afghanistan, especially for women and girls, and all of that is now at stake if the Taliban advance continues. We’ve seen in the past that events in Afghanistan do not stay in Afghanistan and the consequences of our withdrawal could be widespread, from terrorism to organised crime, drug trafficking and migratory flows.

Watch the full segment here.

Podcast Series

For our German speaking audience, we launched our mini-podcast series, the „W.I.P.-Talks“ covering the integrity of the German 2021 federal election.

Episode #1:"Neuland: die Pandemie, Wahlintegrität, und Deutschland vor der Bundestagswahl".

Episode #2: Das Desinformationsnetz: Trends, Akteure und Bedrohungen vor der #BTW2021

Follow us on Spotify here.

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Our Executive Director, Jonas Parello-Plesner hosted POLITICO's China Watcher and on President Biden's European tour.

"Biden arrived in Europe at a time when disenchantment with China runs deep."

- Jonas Parello-Plesner

Read the full piece here.

Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021: In Review

Check out our recap video of the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021 which features highlights from our inspiring speakers #DefendingDemocracy at #CDS2021

Find the final agenda and speaker information here.

Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021: In Review


On the sidelines of the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, the Summit's host Jeanne Meserve invited Anders Fogh Rasmussen to the SpyTalk podcast to discuss combatting “psychological warfare” disinformation attacks from Russia, China, Iran and even Venezuela.

Download the podcast here.


For our Danish audience:

Tune in and listen to the latest episode of Genstart, where Knud Brix talks with our founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen about Chinese sanctions, our Copenhagen Democracy Summit, and the need for democracies to stand tall and united against the world's autocrats.
You can find the episode here.

Welcome to Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021

Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021

The fourth Copenhagen Democracy Summit (CDS) will convene May 10th/11th in hybrid format with contributions from political, business and media leaders around the world.

The summit, an initiative of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, comes as President Biden – who himself opened the first Copenhagen Democracy Summit in 2018 – prepares a global Summit for Democracy later this year.

Convened by the 12th NATO Secretary General (2009-2014) and 24th Danish Prime Minister (2001-2009) Anders Fogh Rasmussen, CDS2021 will be moderated by Politico's Ryan Heath and former ABC and CNN correspondent Jeanne Meserve.

The first day of the Summit, will cover authoritarianism, rule of law, tech and democracy, freedom of expression and US leadership. Guests will hear from prominent individuals on the frontlines of defending democracy. We dedicate Tuesday, May 11th to discussing election integrity, disinformation and social media regulation in partnership with the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Data Privacy (IGCD) and featuring a range of policymakers, experts, and members from our Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity.

Find the latest agenda and speaker information here.

Press Release

Election meddling: US Sanctions welcomed by transatlantic body co-founded by Biden

Press Release: April 15, 2021

The Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) welcome US sanctions against Russia for its meddling in the 2020 U.S. election.

Michael Chertoff and Anders Fogh Rasmussen believe the Biden administration is making good on its promise and delivering a clear message that meddling and hacking comes with costs.

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) was co-founded by Biden, Chertoff and Rasmussen in 2018 to unite transatlantic efforts in the fight against foreign election meddling.

Before announcing his candidacy for President, Joe Biden worked with the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity to develop a pledge for all candidates to sign, committing not to aid and abet foreign malign powers. Candidate Biden launched the pledge in 2019 and signed it himself after announcing his presidential run.


Next stop, Germany: TCEI to engage with policymakers and civil society ahead of September’s election 

Germans take to the polls in September 2021, and given that the nation will elect a new head of government some 16 years after Chancellor Angela Merkel first entered office, the election poses an opportunity for foreign and domestic election meddling.  

In early March 2021, media reports revealed that hackers, operating mostly from abroad, orchestrated a series of attacks during her party’s leadership convention. Meanwhile, the European External Action Service recently published a comprehensive report detailing over 700 recorded cases of disinformation targeting Germany since 2015, providing solid evidence of systematic Russian disinformation campaigns against Germany at the hands of pro-Kremlin media outlets, as well as formal and political actors. Russian-backed media outlets are pouring money into their German-language offerings, and new studies indicate that the average German voter has difficulties differentiating between journalism, commentary, political advertisements and misinformation online. 

German society is resilient, and the country’s authorities are well prepared for such challenges, but there is still much that can be done to increase awareness among political parties, their candidates and the general public about these multifaceted threats to election integrity. That's why the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and its Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity will be launching a slate of localized initiatives and tools in the coming weeks and months to engage with Germany’s citizens and its policy community. We aim to draw attention to these issues, amplify trustworthy research and analysis, increase media literacy, and provide concrete support and recommendations for preserving election integrity and defending democracy.  

Follow us on social media, or sign up for our newsletter, to stay up to date on our activities in Germany ahead of September's election, which will include localized German versions of our flagship "Pledge for Election Integrity” and our online political game "The Disinformation Diaries." You can also learn more from our founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen's interview in this week's edition of German news magazine Der Spiegel. 


In the news

Germans take to the polls in September. In an interview this week with news magazine Der Spiegel, our Chairman Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed Germany's strengths and vulnerabilities during its "super election year" and announced our activities in Germany in the run-up to election day, including localized German versions of our flagship "Pledge for Election Integrity” and our online political game "The Disinformation Diaries."

 "The German public is quite resilient, so influence operations will need to be very targeted and intensive to be successful. But the recent increase in disinformation is very alarming.

Read the full interview here or visit our website to learn more about our Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity program and our initiatives in Germany ahead of September’s election.

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In a recent piece featured in Project Syndicate, our Chairman Anders Fogh Rasmussen outlined that a democratic high-tech alliance should be on the agenda for Biden’s Summit for Democracy.
"Digital divergence between the United States and the European Union has helped China and other autocracies as they forge ahead with developing new technologies and establishing rules and norms. Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic must now build a technological alliance of democracies to set more favorable global rules." 

Read the full article here.

Press Release

Rasmussen: "China sanctions will not stop our work for freedom and democracy"

Press Release: Monday, March 22, 2021 

Responding to the news that the People’s Republic of China has placed sanctions on the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, the AoD’s founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said:

We will never give in to bullying by authoritarian states.

Our work to promote freedom, democracy and human rights around the world will continue.  
“China has once again highlighted the urgent need for democracies to unite in stemming the tide of autocracy in our world.”

Press Release

Former NATO Chief: Integrated Review shows Britain returning to global leadership role 

16th March 2021 -- Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the UK’s long-awaited Integrated Review puts the UK back in a global leadership role.

Rasmussen, who now chairs the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, promoting democracy around the world, said:

“Britain and America are returning to global leadership roles. This fills me with optimism for the future of the free world and global democracy.

“The Integrated Review puts the UK at the heart of the big geopolitical challenges facing our planet, from Russia’s aggression to China’s defiance of our global rules-based order and economic coercion. The real test of Global Britain is in shaping an international order that will take the wind out of the autocrats’ sails. 

“The free world has missed the UK’s active engagement, with Brexit taking up a lot of bandwidth. But in recent months we’ve seen Global Britain taking shape with its G7 Presidency, increased defence spending, and its support for democracy in Hong Kong. This Integrated Review is good for Britain, transatlantic relations, NATO, and the free world.”


Denver Democracy Summit, February 25-26

Recent events in the U.S. and around the world have demonstrated the promise and fragility of democracy in stark terms. On February 25-26, 2021 the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the Alliance of Democracies Foundation will bring together diverse individuals from across the political spectrum who are dedicated to protecting and promoting democratic ideals. We invite you to join us virtually for timely conversations at the inaugural Denver Democracy Summit.

The Denver Democracy Summit is a complement to the annual Copenhagen Democracy Summit organized by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and to be held May 10-11, 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information, please visit the Alliance of Democracies website.

Register to join here

In the news

Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director at the Alliance of Democracies Foundation recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal about how an 'Economic Article 5' is needed to counter China and how an attack on wines from Australia is an attack on democracy.

"The free world can and should do more, by agreeing to an “economic Article 5”—similar to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Article 5, which states that a military attack on one ally is considered an attack on all."

Read the full article here.

In the news

"The Capitol insurrection gave the world’s democracies a glimpse of our own mortality, but it can be a catalyst for revival".

Our Founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen wrote for the Foreign Policy on the importance of Joe Biden's democracy summit to rebuild democracies from within.

Read the full article here.



Online Course: Disinformation and Deepfakes

It is becoming increasingly difficult to tell facts from fiction and technological advances are making it harder to trust even what we see with our own eyes. Election interference is by no means a new phenomenon, and the use of disinformation to change opinions of voters or sway the outcome of elections is a strategy as old as democracy itself. But recent years have seen an exponential increase of attention directed towards foreign disinformation campaigns, primarily spurred on by the Russian intervention in the 2016 US presidential election. A form of artificial intelligence and synthetic media – so-called “Deepfakes” – might take this global threat to election integrity to a dangerous new level.

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with CanopyLAB to create a FREE online course about disinformation and deepfakes.

What will you learn?

☑️ Why politicians are increasingly concerned about the impact of dis- and misinformation

☑️ What deepfakes are and how they can be identified

☑️ How and why deepfakes are so dangerous

☑️ What is being done to curb its negative effects

    How do I take the course?

  1. Head over to CanopyLAB and create your FREE account
  2. Once you have your account all set up, go to the search bar and type 'Alliance of Democracies' and follow us - so you can stay up to date with all the news!
  3. Then, find our course titled "The global threat of disinformation to democracy and how AI might make it even worse." Then go ahead, explore it, learn from it, and let us know what you think


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