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


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

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,
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.

Wed, Nov 12,
David Kilgour,
CCD Board Member

Terrorism in Canada: Improving National Security Should Not Come at the Cost of of our Civil Rights

While democracy can certainly be a shield for those wishing to use our freedoms to destroy us, a vigilant population, vibrant democratic institutions and constitutionally enshrined human rights remain the bulwarks of our personal and collective security.

Mon, Nov 10,

Jeremy Kinsman,
CCD Board Member and
Canadian Ambassador (ret.)

Berlin’s Joy: Unprecedented, a Bit Naive and Yes, Justified

Since 1989, transition hasn’t been a pleasure cruise for anybody. The Czechs seem disappointed in their whole political class and the Hungarians have elected a leader who extols “illiberalism.” These are bumps in the road of passage. The world’s exuberance in November, 1989, celebrated the end of systemic trauma to whole peoples.

Fri, Oct 12,
David Kilgour,
CCD Board Member

East/Central Europe, the West, and Vladimir Putin

Mr. Putin must be persuaded by “smart” and progressively tighter sanctions and NATO to end support for the rebels in eastern Ukraine. He must come to see that a collaborative engagement with the larger European community is necessary in today’s world or that Russia will be completely isolated by European neighbours.

Thu, Sept 4,
George Mathew,
Chairman, Institute for
Social Sciences (India)

Melting "Vote Banks"

An extraordinary social transition that has been evolving in India over the last six decades found clear expression during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.   Of course, the 16th Parliamentary elections were epochal in many ways due to factors like the highest number of eligible voters in the world, highest percentage of voter turnout, efficient Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), relatively peaceful campaigning and polling.   But from a sociological perspective, the most far-reaching positive impact felt by the country has been, what this author calls, the “melting of vote banks.”... Although ideology and commitment to democracy should be the twin pillars of any political party, in India other variables like caste, religion, language and ethnicity shape the origin and development of political parties as well.

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