OGJ Editorial: Democracy vs. volatility

An important document called the Inter-American Democratic Charter deserves new attention. In it, 34 nations from North, South, and Central America acknowledge the essentials of democracy and commit to put them into practice. That the document upholds vital principles is obvious. Less so is the largely forgotten misfortune of its timing.The charter grew out of work begun during the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City early in 2001. The effort profited from a foreign policy emphasis on the Western Hemisphere by the then-new administration of US President George W. Bush. It sought to align politics of the Americas with such righteous ideals as democracy, economic prosperity, and spread of...

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