As the world experiences its thirteenth 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.
The George W. Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Initiative has authored a call to action
aimed at revitalizing bipartisan consensus on freedom, democracy, and human rights as key components of U.S. foreign policy and America’s role in the world. This paper offers policy recommendations to the U.S. government, civil society, private sector, and academia on doing so; however, the case should also be made to the broader American public and expand conversations about America’s role in the world beyond the beltway to build more informed constituencies. This
from the paper’s author, Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, outlines the major themes.