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A premier league for democracy?

The UN is ineffectual partly because many of its members are not held accountable—even by their own citizens. Would a new league of democracies be a good idea?

By Philip Bobbitt   November 2008

A piece related to this article, in which whistleblower Michael Soussan reflects on the UN’s failings, can be read here. YES Phillip Bobbitt

NO David Hannay

Dear David 3rd September 2008

The idea of an “alliance of democracies” is sufficiently vague that both its appeal and its dangers can be superimposed by the beholder. I know you have written and spoken eloquently—latterly in the House of Lords—of the shortcomings of such an idea, and I look forward to learning from your objections to my particular arguments. For I, too, have a certain sort of alliance in mind.

The…

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