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“Can a Boy Be President?”

Posted on 11 July 2011 by

In 2000, I participated in a non-governmental meeting in Warsaw, organized in conjunction with the ministerial meeting of the Community of Democracies, the brainchild of then U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bronislaw Geremek. The two meetings were kept completely separate with minimal interaction. Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in the sixth meeting of the Community of Democracies in Vilnius, Lithuania. What a difference a decade makes! There was ongoing interaction between the ministerial meeting and the non-governmental activists. A special Forum for Youth and one for Parliamentarians had been established, and both were exuberantly working to improve the democracies within the community and develop programs to support the countries in transition to democracy.

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