Washington, D.C. — Today, as President Joe Biden convened the first Summit for Democracy with more than 100 participating countries, Max Bergmann, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
The Center for American Progress has long supported the United States convening a Summit for Democracy—an idea that CAP proposed in our 2018 report, “Securing a Democratic World.” This summit sends an important message to the world of the priority the United States places on democracy, human rights, and accountability. It importantly provides a forum to connect democracies—rich and poor, large and small, and from regions all over the world—with one another to discuss transnational and global issues and the threats and challenges confronting democracy globally. While there has been a lot of debate about the need for such a convening, the real surprise is that it has taken the United States this long to bring the world’s democracies together. Given the challenges facing democracy around the world, the Summit for Democracy should become a regular global event.
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