International Day of Democracy

News - 15 September, 2015

Today marks the International Day of Democracy. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007 (A/62/7), the International Day of Democracy aims to encourage governments to strengthen their commitment to the promotion and consolidation of democratic values. This year’s initiative focuses on the role civil society plays within a successful democracy. The theme of […]

Foreign Secretary announces agreement between Wilton Park and Egyptian MFA

News - 21 September, 2012

During his meeting with President Mursi, the Foreign Secretary stated “as a sign of the importance we attach to cooperating on international affairs, the UK will, through Wilton Park… form a partnership with the Egyptian MFA.” Speaking from Cairo during his meeting with President Mursi, Prime Minister Qandil and Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel on September […]

High expectations in the wake of the Arab democratic wave

News - 2 August, 2012

In the wake of the Arab democratic wave expectations are high – young people in particular are calling for employment opportunities in the context of more open and effective societies – politicians must be seen to respond quickly. At two recent conferences we addressed these issues – the first looked at the Impact and challenges of […]

2011: watershed year for the Middle East and North Africa

News - 24 April, 2012

The Arab uprisings of the last 15 months have been critical for challenging repression and demonstrating the power of collective action. A year on, Wilton Park will examine the impact of the Arab transitions and explore the challenges ahead. Impact and challenges for the Middle East and North Africa one year on from the Arab […]

The quiet fights

News - 16 September, 2011

This week we celebrated the International Day of Democracy. It is a day which cannot be ignored or forgotten, not least because of the current international climate and recent events such as the Arab Spring, and not forgetting, the quiet fights; every-day battles that go on in the name of democracy – unpublished and unpublicised. […]

Faith a forgotten component of international policy?

News - 19 January, 2011

  Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes:   The blog from Dominic Asquith, British Ambassador in Egypt, came at a critical moment for us in Wilton Park.  His thoughtful reflection on diversity and respect in faith coincided with discussion here about how we might address faith and its impact on international policy.  It is complicated, sensitive […]