“Even with its imperfections, democracy is the desire of nations and by itself it provides human beings with the dignity that is granted when those who govern require consent,” writes Dr. Condoleezza Rice in her latest book, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, on which she gave a masterclass for the Universidad del Valle de México (UVM) community in the Coyoacán campus.
During her visit to UVM, the former U.S. Secretary of State and former National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush addressed nearly 400 students and other guests who gathered at the campus auditorium. Dr. Rice also delivered her message to thousands of students, faculty, and staff who followed the live stream on 36 campuses across Mexico.
In the company of UVM Rector Dr. Bernardo González-Aréchiga, Dr. Rice spoke at length about the main thesis in her most recent book about democracy; that it has generated significant advances in different regions over the last 200 years despite having fewer success stories in the last 15 years.
“Today, the world has about 145 ‘free’ or ‘partially free’ countries of a total of 195. There are still movements for democracy that are awakening, led by people who are fighting for the defense of their civil and political rights, even at the risk of their own lives,” says Dr. Rice in Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom.
Prior to her visit to the Coyoacán campus, Dr. Rice participated in a dialogue entitled Towards a New World Order with Dr. Luis de la Calle, which focused on the current shift in attitudes towards globalization, which has given way to two currents: isolationism and unilateralism. Dr. de la Calle was one of Mexico’s lead negotiators in bilateral agreements and NAFTA, and served as the Assistant Secretary for International Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economy and Trade Affairs Minister of the Mexican Embassy in Washington.
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This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.