Democracies around the world are under assault. Authoritarian regimes are using a suite of cheap but effective asymmetric tools to undermine democratic states and institutions. And vulnerabilities within democracies enable and in some cases facilitate foreign interference. Democracies have found themselves ill-prepared to deter and defend against these threats. Meeting this national security challenge demands that Republicans and Democrats in the United States unite with our allies around the world to respond.
The Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD), a bipartisan initiative housed at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, develops comprehensive strategies to deter, defend against, and raise the costs on authoritarian efforts to undermine and interfere in democratic institutions. ASD brings together experts on disinformation, malign finance, emerging technologies, elections integrity, economic coercion, and cybersecurity, as well as regional experts, to collaborate across traditional stovepipes and develop cross-cutting frameworks.
We must not lose sight of the fundamental strength of our free and open societies. By shining a light on these tactics, closing vulnerabilities in our systems, and imposing costs on those who seek to undermine our institutions, the Alliance for Securing Democracy is helping to support democratic values long into the future. Working together with policymakers, the private sector, and civil society, we advance innovative thinking to better understand and counter threats to democracies worldwide, share lessons learned, and develop strategies that go beyond the standard policy toolbox. Doing so not only strengthens the resilience of our democracies, but is a reaffirmation of the entire democratic experiment.
The bipartisan, transatlantic advisory council brings decades of experience in national security, intelligence, cybersecurity, Russia, Europe, and politics to inform the work of the initiative. The Council will provide overall advice, guidance, and direction, and meet to examine the findings of the effort and discuss overarching Russian doctrine and strategy and identify areas for further exploration. The Advisory Council will be supported by a technical advisory committee that will include experts on disinformation, cybersecurity, illicit finance, and other relevant areas.
ASD brings together a talented and diverse staff with expertise in government, foreign policy, politics, finance, media, and technology to provide quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis of the key issues and threats to our democracies.
The Alliance for Securing Democracy is affiliated with and housed at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, but it is independently funded by a group of more than 175 private individuals and small family foundations from across the political spectrum. ASD does not receive any financial support from governments or social media companies.
The Alliance is extremely grateful for the support it receives from our donors, who make it possible to achieve our strategic mission.