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


Fri, July 18,
David Kilgour and Peter Lin

East-Europe’s Economic Triumphs and Territorial Worries over Ukraine

Ukrainians understand what western support can and cannot accomplish. It can provide useful moral, political and military leverage and much-needed financial support. However, western support by itself cannot resolve Ukraine’s problems. Given Ukraine’s position and its political and economic structure, its leaders must recognise that peace can only come through some accommodation with Moscow

Tue, June 24,
David Kilgour,
CCD Board Member

Taiwan, China, and Governance

Despite the lapses of the past six years, Taiwan is the governance model for what China can and I believe will become sooner than many think: a democracy with rule of law and respect/equality for all citizens.

Wed, May 28,
David Kilgour,
CCD Board Member

"Bring Back our Girls" - Nigerian Canadian Association Rally

Today in all of Nigeria’s 36 states teachers will hold “Bring Back Our Girls” rallies and boycott schools to protest the abductions now in their sixth week.

Tue, May 27,
Chaturon Chaisang,
former deputy prime
minister and former
minister of education of

Open Letter on Thai Democracy

I would like to stress here that a coup d'état is in itself an abrogation of democracy, and therefore it cannot possibly create rules that will improve democracy. On the other hand, it will make those rules that are undemocratic even more undemocratic. [Orchestrating a] coup d'état is not a solution to the problems or conflicts in Thai society but will make the conflicts even worse. It is also a great concern that if those with authority cannot handle the problems well, it may lead to violence and greater losses.

Wed, May 21,
Iryna Chupryna,
Senior Associate,
Democratization Policy

The Orange Revolution and the Revolution of Dignity: Similarities and Differences

While the Orange Revolution of 2004 was a kind of joyful “festival of democracy” with songs, dances, humor, and blossoming of folk art, the "Revolution of Dignity" of 2013-2014, as it is now called, included tragic events of the kind that had never happened in the independent Ukraine.

Mon, May 19,
Richard Joseph,
CCD Board Member

Boko Haram and the Nigerian State Crisis

Today, the veil concealing the ever-deepening state crisis has been shredded. The federal government has turned to Western nations for intelligence capacities to help locate the abducted school girls. France, long distrusted by Nigerian authorities, has been asked to craft a regional coalition to combat Boko Haram. However, beyond the security missions in the remote northeast, the broader aspects of the Nigerian predicament must be confronted.

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