Most countries around the world hold elections regularly. This does not necessarily mean democracy exists in these societies. The International Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance (International IDEA) is a non-governmental organisation which supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA will host an event in Mexico City on the “Future of Democracy” in the world that will take place from the 4th to the 5th of October 2018. It looks to be a very extensive and expert set of analysis on world democracy today with some real top minds in the field attending. From the event invite:
Nowadays, most countries around the world hold elections regularly to select their leaders. This does not mean democracy is here to stay. Behind the veneer of elections, authoritarian leaders weaken democracy within. Moreover, corruption, a weak rule of law, inequality, low levels of trust in political institutions, unemployment and rising nationalism also threaten democracy. Democracy needs to be strengthened now more than ever.
The event is designed to encourage lateral thinking on this important topic. It aims to foster discussions by considering a wide range of perspectives across disciplines and countries, and by reaching out to both scholars and practitioners.
The Mexico City forum will include five panel discussions listed as:
- Is democracy in danger? The uncertain future of democracy worldwide.
- Warning signs? The future of democracy in Latin America.
- Mexico 2018 Elections: A balance.
- The future of electoral justice
- Mexico 2018 Elections: Towards political reform.
Speakers on the five panels, including academics and election administrators, will be coming in for the event from around the world and represent many countries including from Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay. International IDEA is a fascinating organization and is made up of an exclusive club of member nations which are required before joining to demonstrate, by example in their own state, their commitment to the rule of law, human rights, the basic principles of democratic pluralism and strengthening democracy.