Democracy Dialogue: A CCD Blog

The views on Democracy Dialogue are intended to provide the opinion and insights of Board members and friends of CCD on a broad range of challenges confronting democracy. Opinions expressed are not intended to reflect the views of CCD or its Board of Directors but are those of the individual authors. It is our hope that these occasional columns shed light on important issues and provoke discussion. Accordingly, we invite readers to enter the dialogue by providing their own views on these issues.

Robert R. LaGamma
President, Council for a Community of Democracies

 

Mon, Apr 07,
2014
Robert LaGamma,
President, Council for a
Community of
Democracies

Creating a Culture of Democracy through Education: An International Movement

Let me join with democrats the world over in declaring my admiration for what you Tunisians have done. You demonstrated courage and imagination that has added a new chapter to the history of democracy in the world. I know that democrats everywhere will have something to learn from events here in Tunisia over the past three years.

Tue, Mar 11,
2014
Stephen Young,
Global Executive
Director, Caux Round
Table

Achieving more Sustainable Constitutionalism in Thailand

Due to the limited efficacy of its checks and balances, Thai Constitutionalism has to date been unable to achieve sustainable alignment with the Rule of Law.  The Rule of Law prevents abuse of power and so is necessary for any just political order. Thus, Thai politics and governance have been subject to excessive exploitation for personal aggrandizement, causing the current protest movement demanding constitutional reform to achieve accountability in government.

Mon, Mar 10,
2014
David Kilgour,
CCD Board Member

Crisis in Ukraine: A Lesson in Finnish History may be the Key to a Peaceful Conclusion

The Russian media and ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych are striking in their attempts to rewrite events in Kiev, calling it a “fascist coup” that justifies invading a sovereign country. Probably no one outside Ukraine has cut through the propaganda more effectively than Timothy Snyder...: “Ukraine (under Yanukovych) was governed by probably the most financially corrupt regime in the history of the world, which by the end of its rule was not only physically oppressing, but finally killing its citizens … (for) exercising their rights to speech and assembly.”

 

Wed, Mar 05,
2014
Robert Hunter,
Chairman, Council for a
Community of
Democracies

Past Mistakes and the Ukraine Crisis

It’s always difficult in crises, especially with a certified Bad Guy on the other side, to step back, calm down, try to understand “how we got from there to here,” and then figure out an approach that has a chance of being successful, in terms of our interests and the values we hope are shared by others.

Thu, Feb 27,
2014
David Kilgour,
CCD Board Member

Ukraine's Cry for Democracy, Justice, and Independence

Key points about the crisis in Ukraine do not seem to have been highlighted...Two months of protests in Kyiv and across western Ukraine and into its eastern region appear now to have succeeded in achieving a renewed post-Soviet democratic integrity and national sovereignty by a courageous and long-suffering people.

Mon, Feb 24,
2014
Robert LaGamma,
President, Council for a
Community of
Democracies

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery for the "Mainstreaming Democracy Education" Workshop at the United Nations

While democratic ideals have swept across the globe in recent times, the underpinnings of democracy have often lagged behind. ...I would suggest that the process of evolving from a democratic transition to a stable democracy requires a considerable investment by the educational system and civil society to instill a commitment to democratic ideals and citizen participation at many levels in democratic institutions. 


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