Democracy Talks

At the Bush Center, we're concerned about the challenges to the health of democracies around the world. Populism is on the rise. Media and other independent institutions are under pressure. Human rights violations are ignored. Isolationism and authoritarianism are growing. And now democracies are faced with containing a pandemic while at the same time cherishing their longstanding freedoms.

The Democracy Talks series presented here represents the latest in our Human Freedom Initiative’s volume of work on meeting the challenges to democracy. The list includes Choose Freedom, a call-to-action paper on revitalizing American support for democracy and human rights; The Democracy Project, a survey of Americans’ commitment to democracy’s ideals; and The Spirit of Liberty, a forum and proposal to celebrate, protect, and extend freedom here and abroad.

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