League of Democracies

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League of Democracies

The idea of bringing the world’s democratic states together in order to act more effectively in the international arena has been discussed for some years. In 2000 President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeline Albright were instrumental in creating a Community of Democracies, along with a democratic caucus in the United Nations. The Community continues to meet and do valuable work, but has not, perhaps, lived up to the hopes that many people had for it; certainly its profile is low and it is hard to identify any decisive contributions its has made to international developments. This has led a number of American foreign policy thinkers to call for a stronger democratic alliance, usually referred to as a League (or Concord) of Democracies.
Although the idea of a League of Democracies has been discussed by a number of Democratic thinkers, it is most associated with Republican Presidential candidate John McCain and his foreign policy adviser, the conservative academic Robert Kagan. On March 26th 2008, John McCain made a key foreign policy speech in California, and elaborated on ideas about a League of Democracies laid out over the previous year. McCain said, “We have to strengthen our global alliances as the core of a new global compact -- a League of Democracies -- that can harness the vast influence of the more than one hundred democratic nations around the world to advance our values and defend our shared interests”. He later gave dealing with Iran’s nuclear ambitions as an example of a problem the League could address. Others have suggested that a League could intervene in areas where Chinese and Russian vetoes in the Security Council make the United Nations impotent, for example Darfur, Myanmar or Zimbabwe.
-- Alastair Endersby ( United Kingdom )

A friend of mine pointed me to this the other day. It was an idea posted about a year ago but with the Arab Spring perhaps it's potentially even more important of an idea today?

Does this sound like a good idea? A bad idea? Would you view this as a replacement to the UN or a potential way for countries to enhance some of the limited powers of the UN?