Values Statement Signatories Include:

To date, 137 public figures–from economists to entertainers–and many more concerned citizens like you have signed the RDI Values Statement. With this statement, we have pledged to uphold the values necessary to protect and defend democracy at home and across the world. Add your signature today!



Anne Applebaum
Author, Washington Post columnist, and Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics

Michael Abramowitz
President of Freedom House

Floyd Abrams
Constitutional litigator in cases including the Pentagon Papers and Citizens United, and author of The Soul of the First Amendment

Elliot Ackerman

Mimi Alemayehou
Managing Director of Black Rhino, a Blackstone Portfolio Company

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Author, Founder of the AHA Foundation, and Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Anders Aslund
Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council

John Avlon
Former Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Beast and CNN contributor

José María Aznar
Former Prime Minister of Spain


Diana Barrett
Founder and President, The Fledgling Fund

Antony Beevor

Jagdish N. Bhagwati
University Professor, Columbia University

Philip Bobbitt
Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence and Director for the Center for National Security at Columbia Law School

Marianne Boesky
Founder, Marianne Boesky Gallery

Max Boot
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Hal Brands
Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University

Ian Bremmer
President, the Eurasia Group



Paul Cartledge
A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture emeritus, Cambridge University

Linda Chavez
Senior Fellow at the National Immigration Forum, syndicated columnist, and author

Derek Chollet
Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Nicholas Christakis
Goldman Professor of Social and Nature Science, Yale University

Nancy Clair

Elizabeth Cobbs
Melbern G. Glasscock Professor of American History, Texas A&M University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Eliot Cohen
Robert E. Osgood Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Steven A. Cook
Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Geoffrey Cowan
Professor, University of Southern California

Tyler Cowen
Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Heidi Crebo-Rediker
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, and CEO, International Capital Strategies


Robert M. Danin
Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Larry David
Actor, writer, and comedian

Larry Diamond
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University

Kai Diekmann
Former publisher and editor in chief of the BILD group  



Nicholas Eberstadt
Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute

Eric Edelman
Former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Turkey, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Mickey Edwards
Former U.S. Congressman and Founding Trustee of the Heritage Foundation


Evelyn Farkas
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia

Jeffrey Flier
Former Dean of Harvard Medical School and current Professor of Medicine at Harvard

Michele Flournoy
Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

Jamie Fly
Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States; former Senate foreign policy advisor and Bush administration official

Lady Elena Foster
Thames Bank, publisher and curator

Lord Norman Foster
Thames Bank, OM, architect

Stephen Fry
Actor and author

Francis Fukuyama
Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University


William A. Galston
Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution

Jeffrey Gedmin
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, and former President and CEO, RFE/RL

Nancy Gertner
U.S. District Court Judge (ret.); Senior Lecturer, Harvard Law School

Daniel Gilbert
Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Jonathan Granoff
President of the Global Security Institute

Jeff Greenfield
Author, journalist and television political analyst

Matthew Greenfield
Managing Director, ReThink Education

Mig Greengard
Author, researcher, senior advisor to Garry Kasparov

Betsy Gotbaum
Former New York City Public Advocate

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Chairman, Spitzberg Partners; former German Minister of Economics and Technology, and former Minister of Defense

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Jonathan Haidt
Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University Stern School of Business

Mark Hertling
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (ret.), former Commanding General, U.S. Army

James Hoge
Former Editor, Foreign Affairs magazine

Tom Holland
Historian and author

Richard Hurowitz
Publisher of Octavian Report & CEO of Octavian Media and Octavian Group Holdings LLC

Michael J. Horvitz
Arts trustee and retired attorney

Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Former President of Estonia, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Erica Jong
Novelist, poet and commentator

Molly Jong-Fast


Colin H. Kahl
Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Joseph Kanon

Robert D. Kaplan
Senior Fellow, Center for the New American Century

Zachary Karabell
Author and Investor

Evan Katz
Managing Director, Crawford Ventures, Inc.

James Kirchick
Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, and author of The End of Europe

Igor Kirman
Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

William Kristol
Editor at large, The Weekly Standard



Linda LeSourd Lader
Co-founder, Renaissance Weekend

Mark Lasswell
Visiting Assistant Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Bernard-Henri Levy
Philosopher, author and documentary filmmaker

Joseph Lieberman
Senior counsel at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, former U.S. Senator from Connecticut

Charles Lipson
Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Mario Vargas Llosa
Author, columnist, and 2010 Nobel Laureate in Literature

Wendy Luers
President, The Foundation for a Civil Society

Princeton Lyman
Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria


Deirdre Nansen McCloskey
Distinguished Professor of Economics and of History, and Professor of English and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, Emerita

Michael McFaul
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia; and Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Evan McMullin
Founder, Stand Up Republic

Jon Meacham
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Vanderbilt University

Lenny Mendonca
Chair, New America Foundation and Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey and Co.

Judith Miller
Journalist and commentator

Rana Mitter
Director of the University China Centre, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford

Dambisa Moyo
Global economist and author

Sam Munson
Editorial Director, The Octavian Report



Moises Naim
Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Chief international columnist for El País and La Repubblica; Contributing editor to the Atlantic

Maajid Nawaz
Author, broadcaster, and founder of counter-extremism organization Quilliam

Nicholas Negroponte
Professor and founder of MIT Media Lab

Tom Nichols
Author of The Death of Expertise


Chris Patten
Chancellor, University of Oxford

Richard North Patterson
Author, columnist for The Boston Globe and Huffington Post, former Chairman of Common Cause

Minxin Pei
Professor of Government and Director, Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, Claremont McKenna College

Jim Pensiero
Former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Wall Street Journal

William Perry
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

Thomas R. Pickering
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations


Ronald Radosh
Professor Emeritus of History, City University of New York

Jonathan Rauch
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Douglas Rediker
Founder, International Capital Strategies; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Julian Reichelt
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of BILD

Rob Reiner
Film director, actor, and activist

Andrew Roberts
Lehrman Institute Distinguished Fellow at the New-York Historical Society

Thane Rosenbaum
Novelist, essayist, law professor, and Director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society

Dennis Ross
Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Nouriel Roubini
Chairman, Roubini Macro Associates

Andrés Rozental
President of Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and former Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom

Jennifer Rubin
Opinion writer, Washington Post

Lady Jill Shaw Ruddock
Author and philanthropist

Sir Paul Ruddock
Founder, Lansdowne Partners, Chair of Oxford University Endowment



Asterios Satrazemis
CEO, BlueLine Rental

Gabriel Schoenfeld
Opinion columnist, USA Today

Wayne A. Schroeder
Adjunct Professor, The Institute of World Politics and Marymount University; Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Resource Planning/Management)

Dan Senor
Co-author, Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, and former senior advisor, the Honorable Paul Ryan

Beppe Severgnini
Editor-in-chief of Corriere della Sera Sette; op-ed contributing writer with The New York Times; Author (“La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind”, 2006 – “Mamma Mia! Berlusconi Explained for Posterity and Friends Abroad”, 2011)

Natan Sharansky
Author, former Soviet dissident, and Israeli political leader

Bill Shireman
President and CEO of Future 500

Michael Signer
Former Mayor, Charlottesville, VA

Radek Sikorski
Former Foreign Minister and Defense Minister of Poland; Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Guy Sorman
Economist and author; publisher of France-Amérique Magazine

Ali Soufan
Former FBI special agent and chairman of the Soufan Group

Ilan Stavans
Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College

Benn Steil
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Bret Stephens
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist

Alice Stollmeyer
Executive Director, Defending Democracy

Rose Styron
Poet and human-rights activist

Jim Swartz
Founder of Accel Partners

Charles J. Sykes
Author of How the Right Lost Its Mind



Jerry Taylor
President, Niskanen Center

Laurence Tribe
Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard University

Scott Turow
Author and attorney

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Fay Vincent
Former executive of Columbia Pictures and Coca-Cola, eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball

Mary C. Waters
John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Peter Wehner
Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, contributing opinion writer for the New York Times

Christopher Whipple
Historian and Documentary Film Maker

Dominik Wichmann
Former editor in chief of Stern; Managing Director of Looping Studios; Author of numerous books

Benjamin Wittes
Senior Fellow and Research Director in Public Law, Brookings Institution

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