Democracy is complex, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright said during a conversation I facilitated at a summit on human rights at the Ford Foundation.

Having spent the last 40-odd years of my professional life reporting on long-standing democracies, as well as some of those taking their first baby steps on the democratic trail, I couldn’t agree more.

But my years of reporting all over the world also led me to agree with their point that to harness that complexity in a way that allows citizens to benefit most from the system, those citizens have to be vigilant.


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