June 12, 2012, 2:31 p.m.
Wilton Park has released a report, which highlights key findings from a recent conference meant to explore and improve understanding of differing conceptions of how best to support democracy internationally.
Rising democratic powers such as Brazil, Indonesia, India, South Africa, and Turkey serve as powerful examples of the universal appeal of democracy and possess unique experiences with democratization. They have a valuable role to play in international efforts to advance political reform and democracy, but are often hesitant to cooperate on these issues with established democratic powers in the United States and Europe. Policy-makers, analysts, and civil society representatives from these rising democracies and their counterparts in established democratic powers met in Istanbul with the following aims: to explore and improve understanding of differing conceptions of how best to support democracy internationally; to identify how to build cooperation in concrete situations; and to shape realistic expectations about potential collaboration between rising global actors and established democratic powers.