The Lebanese American Council for Democracy (LACD)
The Lebanese American Council for Democracy (LACD) is fueled by those in the Lebanese-American community who are dedicated to restoring Lebanon’s democracy, stability, integrity, and sovereignty. We strive to raise awareness of Lebanon within the American government, media, and culture. The LACD is dedicated to providing policy makers, diplomats, and journalists with scholarly research, commentary, and informed debate on issues relating to Lebanon and the Middle East. Fundamental to the LACD’s activity is the indisputable notion that the Lebanese and American people share the same values, namely, cherishment of democracy, liberty, tolerance, coexistence, and human rights, and therefore, the Lebanese people are natural partners of the United States.
The LACD strives to impact formulation of U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East on the basis that Lebanon is a natural strategic ally. The LACD believes that Lebanon is a vital ingredient in overcoming terrorism and democratizing the Middle East, and that the U.S. should focus on Lebanon’s role in the Middle East as a model for a free, progressive, and stable Middle Eastern democracy. In this way, the LACD seeks to positively impact relations between Lebanon and the United States, to strengthen the bond between their respective peoples, and to strengthen the long-term security of both countries.
The mission of the Lebanese American Council for Democracy (LACD) is to bring greater stability to Lebanon and the Middle East - and greater security to America - by promoting the principles of liberal democracy, free markets, and the rule of law, as well as the complete respect for human rights.