Risk or Reward: Elections in Fragile States - Presentation by Mark L. Schneider, Senior Vice President, International Crisis Group

 

To read the full speech, please follow this link: http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/publication-type/speeches/2011/risk-o...

 

Presentation by Mark L. Schneider, Senior Vice President, at the International Crisis Group's Global Briefing, 6 June 2011, New York City, NY

 

Excerpt from the speech:

 

"I appreciate again the chance to participate in this discussion on the complex nature of elections in fragile states. It is a subject near and dear to my heart as someone who has had the opportunity to participate in the design of the monitoring efforts of the immediate postwar elections in El Salvador and Guatemala and three elections in Haiti, then a decade later to participate as an elections observor in El Salvador that brought the once-upon-a-time FMLN guerrillas to the presidency, in Bolivian parliamentary elections under President Evo Morales, and in a referendum in Venezuela under President Hugo Chavez. I also traveled to Afghanistan and Kenya soon after controversial elections there. Finally, the Crisis Group has reported on nearly 200 elections—before and after—in fragile and post conflict countries. As Winston Churchill said 'Democracy is the worst form of governmen....  Elections may be the worst way to choose one’s leaders, except for all of the other ways that have been tried."

 

To read the full speech, please follow this link: http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/publication-type/speeches/2011/risk-o...

 

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