35th Anniversary of the Westminster Address

NED Honors Legacy of Westminster Address

To this day, National Endowment for Democracy continues to advance democratic ideals globally, and remains faithful to the mission President Reagan set out 35 years ago.

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Democracy is a universal right

35 Years After Westminster

Thirty-five years ago today, President Reagan's 1982 Westminster Address was the "founding text" for United States’ democracy assistance efforts.

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Reagan addressing Parliament

PRESIDENT REAGAN’S
CALL FOR A CAMPAIGN
FOR DEMOCRACY STILL
APPLIES TODAY

Andrew Wilson of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) reflects on the "the wisdom of Ronald Reagan who understood that markets and democracy were the best responses to the challenge of his time, and are timeless in their relevance today."

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Speaker Ryan with Democracy Award Recipients

Speaker Ryan
Reaffirms
Congressional
Commitment to
Democracy and
Human RIghts

At NED's recent Democracy Awards, Speaker Paul Ryan gave tribute to Reagan's Westminster commitment and reaffirmed Congress's commitment to democracy and human rights.

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NED CHAIRMAN JUDY SHELTON ON THE WESTMINSTER ADDRESS

Delivered to a packed Parliamentary chamber in Britain’s Westminster Palace, the Reagan speech would prove to be one of the central contributions to the establishment of a U.S. democracy foundation.

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Speaker Paul Ryan Reaffirms Congressional Democracy Commitment

Speaker Ryan with Democracy Award Recipients

At NED's recent Democracy Awards, Speaker Paul Ryan gave tribute to Reagan's Westminster commitment and reaffirmed the commitment of the U.S. Congress to democracy and human rights.  

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Sen. Menendez Honors Westminster Legacy

Senator Menendez

Senator Menendez: “We must remain fully committed to supporting organizations and reform efforts designed to build strong democratic institutions, including independent judiciaries and a free press. These have been and must remain the bedrock of leadership of the free world.”

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Sen. Marco Rubio Honors 2017 Democracy Award Activists and Impact of the Westminster Address

The Senator congratulates the Democracy Award activists and honors the legacy of President Reagan’s Westminster Speech.

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Congressman Peter Roskam on Westminster 35

Peter Roskam

Congressman Peter Roskam reflects that "there has never been a more pressing time to heed President Reagan’s call to 'foster the infrastructure of democracy.'”

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World Affairs Journal: Reagan’s Westminster Address 35 Years Later

Westminster 35 Years Later

Read the World Affairs Journal feature, "Reagan’s Westminster Address and Democracy 35 Years Later," by NED President Carl Gershman. "There are three reasons to think that there is the potential for democratic progress in the period ahead."

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"Our only existential threat is our own complacency"

Garry Kasparov

Human rights activist Garry Kasparov remembers 1982 and reflects on Reagan's legacy. 

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Reflecting on Westminster at 35

Westminster, photo by Ingere

The Westminster Address was the "founding text" for the democracy assistance effort and the first public mention of NED. Friends of NED reflect on the enduring relevance of Reagan's speech and of the mission it launched.

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Remembering 1982

Remembering 1982

"I was graduating from high school in 1982 when President Reagan delivered his seminal speech before the British Parliament. I confess that at the time, I did not have a true appreciation for the significance of Reagan’s address; my mind was on the upcoming summer and attending college. A year later, however,..." David Kramer reflects on the impact of the Westminster Address.

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Reagan’s Call for Democracy Still Applies Today

Reagan addressing Parliament

Andrew Wilson of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) reflects on the "the wisdom of Ronald Reagan who understood that markets and democracy were the best responses to the challenge of his time, and are timeless in their relevance today." 

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Marilyn Carlson Nelson: "'Re-earning' Freedoms with Each Generation

"The National Endowment for Democracy has worked tirelessly since its founding to enable and empower heroic individuals around the world who are selflessly ‘earning’ societal freedoms at great personal peril."

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