Democracy & Security

Amid rising concerns about terrorism and other threats, the Community of Democracies has embarked on an ambitious effort to place democracy at the center of security policy.

Under the leadership of former Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the Community is working with governments and civil society organizations to identify effective long-term security policies that are based on rule of law and other core democratic principles.

Democracy & Security Dialogues are focused on two areas:

Democratic Strategies for Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism

This effort is designed to identify best practices that advance international democracy and human rights norms and values, which could be used by states in their implementation of the UN’s Preventing Violent Extremism plan and more generally in their efforts to prevent violent extremism.

Expanding the Democratic Peace Argument

The dialogues are designed to outline and synthesize connections across multiple areas of democracy studies to draw empirical linkages between democracy, peace and security. This element looks into the links between democracy as well as interstate and intrastate conflict, human security, public security and crime, terrorism and cybersecurity.