Earlier today, Freedom House hosted a major policy address by USAID Administrator Samantha Power at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Thank you to all who joined us in-person or watched the event livestream. If you registered but were unable to attend or watch, you can find a link to the recording here. You can also read a transcript of the speech at USAID’s website.
Additionally, a topic mentioned in both Administrator Power’s speech and in the discussion that followed was Freedom House’s recent report on transnational repression, Defending Democracy in Exile. To read that report and learn more about transnational repression and its victims, click here.
In December of last year, at President Biden’s first-ever Summit for Democracy, the United States called on the free world to transform what it means to fight for our values on the global stage. USAID and the rest of the U.S. Government have worked to deliver on that transformation through what is called the Presidential Initiative for Democratic Renewal. And we call on all who share our values here, in the United States and all over the world, to join in. To extend a revolution of dignity throughout the world. And in order to do so, we must cement progress in democratic bright spots that are out there right now, help people fight digital authoritarianism, and shine a light on the oligarchs and autocrats who hide their ill-gotten gains in dark corners and do so with great sophistication. Let me take each of those in turn.
– Samantha Power