In the wake of renewed conflict on the European continent, a profound reflection on the relationship between democracy and peace becomes imperative. The shockwaves of war have stirred a collective appreciation for peace and heightened concerns for the welfare of democracy within the European and international communities. As armed conflicts persist as a recurring threat globally, the post-Second World War vision of peace and prosperity, anchored in democracy, is under scrutiny in the twenty-first century. In a world marked by escalating violence, widening inequalities, and polarized politics, the critical question emerges: Can democracy fulfill its promise of delivering peace?
This pressing query was addressed in the 2023 edition of the World Forum for Democracy, themed “Democracy = Peace?“. Bringing together over 900 participants from around the world, including graduates from the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe, the forum fostered a diverse and insightful dialogue on the intricate relationship between democracy and peace.
The 11th World Forum for Democracy looked for innovative solutions and collaborative strategies to fortify the symbiotic bond between democracy and peace, recognizing that their interdependence is pivotal in navigating the complex challenges of our time.