Sudan & Algeria: Arab Spring 2.0’ish & The Need for a Template to Guide Democratic Transitions

I have written plenty on this topic in the past but one specific post stands out Progressive Governance Initiative (PGI); Incentivising Change which suggests that we need to develop a template for Democratic transition one that is based on incentives and one that can be adjusted to meet different political realities for each nation undergoing such change. Why do this? Well for starters that is better investment than amounts we dedicate for building walls and border security not to mention the tremendous benefits we achieve in terms of overall national security; in other words it’s a win-win proposition. The problem with Democratic transitions particularly in nations that have been ruled by dictatorships for decades is that revolutions tend to be hijacked my internal powers, particularly the military and with the support of external powers seeking purely ideological, strategic or financial benefits. There is also a racist bent to this when we suggest somehow that people in developing nations are not ready for Democracy or that their ideology is somehow incompatible with Democracy. This is a convenient fallacy/excuse which we end up paying for by the way. Democracy is not a one size fits all governance model and societies can adapt this model to suite their own needs and cultures and have it evolve with time. Anyway I would recommend reviewing the post above not as a detailed proposition but a concept that can be developed relatively quickly to face new/growing challenges of Democratic transitions and I specifically urge the EU to take on this proposition for review.

The take away is this; Let’s try help spread the juice of Democracy around the world or we’re liable to destroy our own version of it through complacency and arrogance. 

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