Democratic backsliding worldwide, in democracies new and old, is rising as autocrats seek to gain power and reshape the geopolitical order in their image. This erosion of global democratic norms and institutions threatens Western freedom, prosperity, and security. GMF Democracy’s mission is to build and defend democracy by championing its values and counteracting autocratic trends. Its programs, comprising the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the Balkan Trust for Democracy, the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, Engaging Central Europe, and the Fund for Belarus Democracy, bolster democracy by analyzing autocratic threats to democratic institutions, processes, and publics, and crafting policies and strategies to deter, defend against, and raise the costs of making such threats. GMF Democracy also assists civil society by supporting independent media, civic education and media literacy trainings, monitoring and watchdog initiatives, and public awareness and advocacy campaigns.

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