• Ambassador Eric Edelman, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at John Hopkins’ Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Co-Chair of ASD’s Offset Strategy for Democracies Task Force
  • Ambassador Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, William D. Zabel ’61 Professor of Practice in Human Rights at the Harvard Law School
  • Dr. Kori Schake, Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Jessica Brandt, Head of Policy and Research at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

The United States and other liberal democracies face a persistent asymmetric threat from authoritarian challengers who aim to reshape the global order in their favor. The Alliance for Securing Democracy invites you to participate in a discussion on how the United States can regain the initiative in this emerging competition with Ambassador Eric Edelman, Ambassador Samantha Power, and Dr. Kori Schake.

Illiberal regimes use a wide range of tools across the political, economic, technological, and information domains to undermine democratic institutions and alliances, prevent criticism of their own regimes and governance systems, and establish norms and standards favorable to autocratic rule. To date, democracies have been slow to adapt to this contest, allowing autocrats to seize the initiative by taking advantage of the openness of liberal systems. By embracing a national strategy to offset autocrats’ recent advances, the United States can reassert the superiority of the democratic model and repel authoritarian efforts to distort the future world order.

In October, ASD released Linking Values and Strategy: How Democracies Can Offset Autocratic Advances, a report that reflects the views of 30 leading experts from both sides of the aisle and serves as a guide for the incoming administration. Task Force Co-Chair Eric Edelman and members Samantha Power and Kori Schake will discuss how the United States can shore up its vulnerabilities, leverage its strategic advantages, and reframe the contest on its own terms.