Published July 9, 2019
Common wisdom seems to tell us that the United States has suffered under President Trump in terms of its image and influence around the world. Recent data, however, suggests there’s less to that charge than people might think.
I recently attended the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, convened by former Danish prime minister and NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s foundation, which brought together leaders and democracy activists from across the globe. Participants explored topics such as how activists in Syria, Myanmar and Nigeria are bringing democratic practices and values to their countries and the role that private-sector entrepreneurship in places such as Iraq can expand economic growth and civil society. But the burning issues on everyone’s mind — Trump, populism, and the state of democracy in the West — were fully addressed, too.