NED on November 18 reported that thirty years ago in 1983 it was established as a private, nonprofit, bipartisan foundation with the single mission of advancing democracy abroad. Excerpts below:

Today, NED and the four institutes affiliated with it since its inception – the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Solidarity Center, and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) – can look back on a record of extraordinary achievement abroad, having provided technical, material, and moral support to thousands of “small d” democrats throughout the world. On November 13, 2013, NED marked its 30th anniversary with a special event at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. featuring Congressional leaders who reaffirmed the enduring bipartisan commitment of the U.S. Congress to the work of the Endowment. Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi made opening remarks to a standing room only audience in the Archives’ 300-seat McGowan Theater.

After covering topics ranging from the impact of social media to the backlash against civil society in many countries, three young activists from Tibet, Belarus, and North Korea were able to ask questions of the panel.

The Endowment is incredibly grateful for the steadfast support of the Congress and of each Administration of the past 30 years who have entrusted NED with this important work. We also thank our grantees abroad – who have made us trusted partners in their struggle to secure the rights, freedoms, and democratic institutions we are so lucky to enjoy.

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