American democracy is facing a critical moment. The next electoral cycles may well determine whether the United States deepens its democracy, faces an erosion that gradually weakens its democratic system, or worse, collapses under the assault of neo-fascist actors. To this end, the McCain Institute launched Defending American Democracy Project which directly addresses threats to American democracy including misinformation attacks on democracy, threats to election officials, the loss of local journalism, and much more. This line of work presents unique opportunities to offer solutions to better safeguard American freedom and human rights. This project is made possible by support from the Knight Foundation and Microsoft.
“Frontline” Democracies are countries where democratic values and processes are threatened, emerging and fragile, or at risk of backsliding. To this end, the McCain Institute’s Democracy Programs work to inform policymakers of the situation in these countries and foster the connections that make substantive change. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s autocratic influence extending across the world, the importance of such effort is more important than ever. Below are our ongoing areas of focus.
Human Rights Defenders
Globally, human rights defenders continue to face arbitrary detainment, torture, and murder, in response to their fight for human rights and democratic values. The Democracy Programs prioritize directing resources to and uplifting these activists as they do work crucial for a better future.
Support Our Mission
Donating directly to the Democracy Programs will help us shape a secure future and continue to rise as a world-renowned national and international institution.