The Atlantic Council has established a bold and ambitious initiative aimed at strengthening cooperation among the world’s democracies and reenergizing principled American leadership to advance a democratic, rules-based international order. The initiative facilitates meaningful dialogue among officials from the United States and its allies and partners and seeks to develop actionable recommendations for advancing democratic cooperation and addressing the most significant global challenges facing the order today. 

The initiative has four key focus areas:

  • Strengthening habits of democratic cooperation
  • Adapting global rules and institutions for the 21st century
  • Tracking and assessing the core pillars of the democratic world order
  • Reenergizing US leadership and public support for the free world

Key activities

Public statement


Jul 2, 2020

Free World Commission condemns Hong Kong security law

The Free World Commission, composed of influential lawmakers from leading democracies across the globe, condemned China’s recent enactment of a new security law in Hong Kong and called for governments around the world to recalibrate their relations with Beijing.

China Human Rights

Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace

Commentary and analysis

Former Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt and former US National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley join CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS to discuss the Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace.



The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world.