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

 

Tue, Mar 10,
2015
Jeremy Kinsman,
CCD Board Member and
Canadian Ambassador (ret.)

The Scorched Earth of the Arab Spring

What remains in this scorched landscape of the aspirations of young Arabs who represent such a huge percentage of the region’s population? ... [B]elief in the possibility of a real regional democratic awakening has been postponed but not smothered. Their first earnest revolutions failed against the gun. But the shoots of the Arab spring will survive.

Tue, Mar 10,
2015
David Kilgour,
CCD Board Member

Totalitarianism and Family Life

By bringing forth transformative, sudden, and life-affirming change through the power of popular will alone, Czechoslovakia helped to show a cynical and sometimes weary world that dreams are still possible. That message still resonates for you today. In today's world, where violence is increasingly used as a means to create political change, we are desperately in need of examples of the effective use of nonviolence to achieve great changes.

Mon, Mar 09,
2015
Jeremy Kinsman,
CCD Board Member and
Canadian Ambassador (ret.)

A Good Man Goes Down: Remembering Boris Nemtsov

For those who still believe in Russia’s democratic opposition to one-man rule orchestrated by hyper-patriotic nationalism that had seemed to cow and marginalize a diminishing number willing to protest, Boris Nemtsov’s violent death may represent a liberating event.

Thu, Jan 15,
2015
Board of Directors,
Council for a
Community of
Democracies

John Richardson, “Champion of Democracy” 

The Board of Directors and Senior Advisors of the Council for a Community of Democracies salute a distinguished citizen, a dear friend and fellow Board member, John Richardson, for his undaunted commitment to human solidarity and global democracy.

Mon, Jan 5,
2015
David Kilgour,
CCD Board Member

The World in 2015: Tough Times are Ahead for All Citizens

The world will feel the impact of four international issues in the coming year: oil; Putin struggles with Ukraine and the economy; Islamic State remains a threat; and the world is increasingly reliant on the Asian economy.


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