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Teaching Guide on Transitions to Democracy

In support of their National Peace Essay Contest (submissions due Feb 2, 2005), the US Instititute for Peace has made available a Teaching Guide on Transitions to Democracy, the topic of this year’s essay contest. The guide includes all the materials you need to present seven different lessons.
Seven Lessons Are Included:
I. Planning and Design
II. Democracy in Theory and Practice
III. Elements that Foster and Sustain Democracy
IV. Obstacles and Risks of Democratization
V. Evaluation of Post World War II Efforts at Democratization
VI. Civil Society: The Underpinning of Democracy (Optional Simulation)
As noted on the USIP website:

“Democracy embraces political conflict Û the conflict of ideas, competition for power, the struggle for influence. Open, stable democracies like the United States are able to manage such conflict non-violently because of strong institutions, separation of powers, rule of law, civil society, a free press, accountability through regular elections, and multiple opportunities for citizen engagement with the government. For nations in transition to democracy from authoritarian systems or dictatorships, it is a daunting challenge to democratize peacefully. Institutionalizing democratic principles within societies lacking strong institutions can exacerbate conflict and political competition that can rip a country apart.”