Democracy, Democratisation and Peace – Lessons from Recent Experience

TitleDemocracy, Democratisation and Peace – Lessons from Recent Experience
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleFriEnt Essay Series
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSmith, D
Number of Pages7 pp.
PublisherWorking Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)

The eights and last essay in the FriEnt essay series takes a look at democratisation. It is generally acknowledged that democracy is good for peace. This has become an unchallenged truth, often expressed without important nuances. Support for democratisation is widely and rightly regarded as an essential component of building peace and stability but the lack of nuance means there is a persistent risk that the challenges involved in democratisation are ignored or at least under-stated. The author, Dan Smith, has been the Secretary General of International Alert since 2003. Download

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