Is the League of Democracies a Bad Idea? How Europe should respond

Richard Youngs, Michael Emerson
Content Type
Policy Brief
Centre for European Policy Studies
The idea of an official organisation of democratic states wishing to promote democracy worldwide has surfaced periodically in recent years. In 2000 the Community of Democracies was inaugurated and survives as a body committed to supporting democratic change (and we comment on this little-noticed initiative further below). Now the notion is gaining further currency. US Presidential candidate John McCain has advocated a League of Democracies. And analyst Robert Kagan, an advisor to McCain, has recently made a contribution on the subject in the Financial Times. It is quite possible that the European Union will need to adopt a position on this proposal.
International Relations, Democratization, International Organization
Political Geography
United States, Europe