What to Know
President Biden’s Summit for Democracy on December 9 & 10 will convene leaders from 110 countries. It creates a strategic opportunity to defend open societies against authoritarian aggression and rally U.S. allies to enlarge the free world.
The greatest dangers to American national security emanate from authoritarian great-power competitors, violent extremism that flourishes in zones of conflict and ungoverned spaces, and conflicts driven by despots that produce mass migration, particularly in our own hemisphere.
Winning what President Biden calls the global contest between democracy and autocracy requires U.S. leadership to sustain digital freedom and actively counter the dangers of techno-authoritarianism.
What to Do
This week’s Summit for Democracy will be followed by a “Year of Action” in which free nations take concerted, joint action to create democratic momentum. A plan of action to reverse authoritarianism could include:
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