Is democracy good for peace?

Protest sign reading "Save democracy in Kenya"

Protest sign reading "Save democracy in Kenya"

Image: Tavia Nyong'o

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Today is International Day of Democracy, a good opportunity for the world to review its collective progress and setbacks on the road toward building representative, accountable and responsive governments. This year’s Democracy Day focuses on conflict prevention and how democratic institutions can be strengthened to promote peace and stability.

So, it is worth asking: Is democracy actually good for peace?

Read the full article on the Washington Post here.  

About the Author

Senior Programme Officer
Catalina Uribe Burcher

Catalina Uribe Burcher is a Senior Programme Officer for Democracy, Conflict and Security. Uribe Burcher focuses on research and policy-oriented analysis regarding the threats that transnational illicit networks pose to democratic processes in Latin America, West Africa and the Baltic States. Presently, she is leading the design of a tool that assesses the threat of the nexus between organized crime and democratic politics.

About the Author

Associate Programme Officer
Victoria Perotti

Victoria Perotti is an Associate Programme Officer with the Democracy Assessment, Analysis and Advisory (DAAA) unit at International IDEA.