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Opinion: Companies Have A Duty To Defend Democracy

A survey of 50 former U.S. ambassadors shows they believe democracy and elections are the top issues companies need to prepare to publicly address.
Demonstrators hold a banner that says "We are democracy" during a protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and racism in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 21. Source: Sergio Lima

Brett Bruen was a U.S. diplomat for 12 years and served as director of global engagement in the Obama White House. He now teaches crisis communications at Georgetown University and runs Global Situation Room, a public affairs firm.

America has long considered itself a beacon for democracy. But Donald Trump's presidency has badly damaged our nation's ability to defend democracy around the world. Many foreign leaders are now asking, who will fill the void? A survey we just conducted of 50 former American ambassadors, who served under both Democratic and Republican presidents, came back with an unexpected answer: corporations.

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