Issue Brief Dec 23, 2020
Countering China’s challenge to the free world: A report for the Free World Commission
By Jeffrey Cimmino, Ash Jain, Matthew Kroenig
The increasing assertiveness of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) poses a significant challenge to the interests and values of likeminded allies and partners and a rules-based internationa system.
Issue Brief Dec 23, 2020
Countering Russia’s challenge to the free world
By Edward Fishman, Ash Jain
Over the past decade, the Kremlin has executed a concerted strategy to undermine the cohesion of, and confidence in, democratically-elected governments in Europe and around the world. In response, leading democracies have acted to counter Russia by enacting sanctions and pursuing other measures aimed at defending frontline states against Russian aggression.
Issue Brief Dec 17, 2020
Countering China’s crackdown on Hong Kong
By Anna Downs and Ash Jain
The implementation of the national security law has stifled the democratic movement in Hong Kong. This action sparked a series of democratic protests that China quickly attempted to dismantle—alarming observers worldwide. Can democracies mitigate the impact of the new national security laws on Hong Kong? Should Chine face penalties from the international community? Or will aligned democracies fail to defend other vulnerable democratic nations against Chinese malign influence?
Past events Dec 10, 2020
Free World Commission convenes lawmakers from leading democracies to discuss China challenge
By Atlantic Council
On December 9, 2020, the Free World Commission, comprised of lawmakers from leading democracies, held a virtual hearing on China and called for democracies to work together to address the challenges to the rules-based order posed by Beijing. The hearing was co-chaired by MP Tom Tugendhat from the United Kingdom and Rep. Tom Malinowski from […]
Announcements 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.
New Atlanticist Mar 13, 2020
Defending the Free World: Legislators from leading democracies join forces to advance a rules-based order
By Joseph Bodnar and Ash Jain
“This is a time when we have to collaborate and work together. There are vacuums in leadership around the world…and a huge role for members of parliament and legislators,” US Congressman Bill Keating (D-MA) said on February 16.
Press Release Feb 16, 2020
Free World Commission of legislators from leading democracies launched at Munich Security Conference
By Atlantic Councicl
Munich, Germany—February 16, 2020—A high-profile commission of lawmakers from the US Congress and other leading democracies has called for the democratic world to stand together against common threats and to advance a rules-based order. Meeting for the first time at the Munich Security Conference, the Commission on Advancing a Free World, held a hearing on […]
Members of the Free World Commission
- Eliot Engel, Representative, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, United States
- Mike Gallagher, Representative, Member of the House Armed Services Committee, United States
- Andrew Hastie, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence, Australia
- Bill Keating, Representative, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment, United States
- Jurgen Hardt, Member of the Bundestag, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Foreign Policy Spokesperson of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, Germany
- Michael Levitt, Member of Parliament, Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Canada
- Tom Malinowski, Representative, Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, United States
- Kati Piri, Member of Parliament, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament
- Lia Quartapelle Procopio, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Secretary of the House Committee on Foreign and Community Affairs, Italy
- Norbert Rottgen, Member of the Bundestag, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Germany
- Christian Schmidt, Member of the Bundestag, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Germany
- Radek Sikorski, Member of Parliament, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament
- Sabine Thillaye, Member of the National Assembly, Chairwoman of the Committee on European Affairs, France
- Hiromi Takase, Member of the House of Councillors, National Diet, Japan
- Tom Tugendhat, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, United Kingdom
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