Democracy Service Medal

The Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy created its Democracy Service Medal to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the progress of democracy around the world.


The cast bronze medallion, which reads simply, “For Service in the Cause of Democracy,” was first awarded to the former Polish President and founder of the Solidarity trade union movement Lech Walesa, and former AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland. It was presented in April 1999 on the 10th anniversary of the roundtable agreement that led to the peaceful transition to democracy in Poland. It has since been presented to a wide range of individuals who have demonstrated through personal commitment, their dedication to the advancement of freedom and human rights, and to the building of democratic institutions.


Recipients

2014

Frank Wolf

2013

Vytautas Landsbergis

2012

Honorable Madeleine K. Albright
Honorable George P. Schultz

Hon. Madeleine K. Albright
Hon. Madeleine K. Albright
Hon. Madeleine K. Albright
Hon. Madeleine K. Albright
Hon. Madeleine K. Albright

2011

Laura Pollán, Cuba

Jean Bethke Elshstain, USA

Floribert Chebeya, Democratic Republic of the Congo

2010

The Honorable Vin Weber, USA

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Francis Fukuyama, USA

2009

Leszek Kolakowski, Poland

2008

Max Kampelman, USA
Tom Lantos, USA
(as part of the 2008 Democracy Awards)

2007

Mort Abramowitz, USA; Emmanuel Kampouris, USA; Vaclav Havel, Czech Republic

2006

Tom Donahue, USA

2005

John C. Whitehead, USA; John Richardson, USA

2004

Bob Graham, USA; Seymour Martin Lipset, USA; Matthew McHugh, USA

2003

Enrique Bolaños, Nicaragua; Donald Payne, USA

2002

Chen-Wu Sue-jen, Taiwan; Jan Nowak, Poland; Paula J. Dobriansky, USA

2001

John Brademas, USA; Fred Iklé, USA; Richard Lugar, USA; Stephen Solarz, USA

2000

John B. Hurford, USA

1999

Lech Walesa, Poland; Lane Kirkland, USA; Alexandr Vondra, Czech Republic; Martin Butora, Slovakia