On the road to democracy: Learning from each other’s experiences

The policy seminar “The Road to Democracy : the Arab Region, Latin America and Eastern Europe» brought experts from Eastern Europe and Latin America to share lessons learned from their transitional experiences with their homologues from the Arab region. Egyptian and Tunisian speakers focused on the obstacles that hinder the ongoing democratic process in their respective countries.

Although each of the three regions has its own unique experience, their peoples’s aspirations remain common, i.e. freedom, democracy, equity and social justice, and public sector accountability. The substantial differences that exist between our regions should not stop us from learning from each other’s experiences, and this is because ” democratic values are universal values that cut across regions” as Prof. Samir Makdisi stated.

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