Is It Time for an Alliance of Democracies?

7 December 2021  09:00 - 10:30

Virtual Event | Organised by Atlantic Council and the Alliance of Democracies Foundation | Held in Washington DC, Copenhagen in English
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On December 9–10, President Joe Biden will host a Summit for Democracy, a virtual event to which the leaders of more than one hundred democracies worldwide have been invited. The Summit convenes as the world enters what Biden has framed as a broad global struggle between democracy and autocracy.

Autocratic powers, particularly China and Russia, have become more assertive in challenging rules-based international order. Democracies are on the defensive as they seek to contend with these threats, with many facing their own internal challenges. To succeed in this new era, the United States and its democratic allies and partners must find new ways to strengthen cooperation.

Is it time for a new Alliance of Democracies? What would be the purpose and mission of such an alliance? Which nations should be included? In light of the upcoming summit, is there a feasible way to bring this alliance to life?

On December 7, the Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, will release a report, An Alliance of Democracies: From Concept to Reality in an Era of Strategic Competition, by Ash Jain, Matthew Kroenig, and Jonas Parello-Plesner.

Please join us for an engaging discussion on the upcoming Summit for Democracy and the potential to establish an Alliance of Democracies. This virtual public event will take place from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, December 7. Make your voice heard on Twitter using the hashtag #AllianceofDemocracies.


  • Hon. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
    Founder, Alliance of Democracies Foundation; Former Prime Minister of Denmark; Former NATO Secretary General
  • Hon. Johannes Vogel
    Deputy Chair, Free Democratic Party, German Bundestag, Germany
  • Mr. Ash Jain
    Director for Democratic Order, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council
  • Mr. Jonas Parello-Plesner
    Executive Director, Alliance of Democracies Foundation
  • Dr. Emma Ashford
    Senior Fellow, New American Engagement Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council