Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Abraham Lowenthal ─ Crafting Democratic Transitions: Learning from Experience

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

4 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Book signing to follow.

Abraham Lowenthal will discuss Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders. Introduction by Stephen Kinzer.

Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders is an initiative of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) – an intergovernmental organization of 28 member countries, based in Stockholm, that promotes sustainable democracy worldwide.

In probing conversations with Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil), Patricio Aylwin and Ricardo Lagos (Chile), John Kufuor and Jerry Rawlings (Ghana), B. J. Habibie (Indonesia), Ernesto Zedillo (Mexico), Fidel V. Ramos (Philippines), Aleksander Kwaśniewski and Tadeusz Mazowiecki (Poland), F. W. de Klerk and Thabo Mbeki (South Africa), and Felipe González (Spain), editors Sergio Bitar and Abraham F. Lowenthal focused on each leader’s principal goals as well as their strategies to end authoritarian rule and build democratic governance. Context-setting introductions by country experts highlight each nation’s unique experience.