News Roundup -- Democracys place overseas/Critical areas, budget slated
June 9, 2008 · Updated 5:59 PM
Democracys place overseas
The Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council Fall Current Event Series features two speakers with divergent views on whether or not U.S democracy is what all countries need.
Speakers Thomas O. Melia the deputy executive director of Freedom House, a nonpartisan human rights organization and Robert D. Kaplan, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly are featired in Advancing Democracy: Two Viewpoints.
Melia will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Bainbridge Commons on Brien Drive. Kaplan will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Eagle Harbor Books.
Melia, who has taught democratic development at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service also held senior posts at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, a nongovernmental organization engaged in the promotion of democracy worldwide.
He argues a democratic form of government is essential to safeguard human rights throughout the world, and democracy promotion is an important component of American diplomacy and foreign assistance.
Kaplan, a best-selling writer on foreign affairs and travel with more than two decades of reporting from world hot spots recently wrote Grunts: The American Military on the Ground.
He posits that democracy may not be the system that will best serve the world or even the one that will prevail in places that now consider themselves bastions of freedom.
What people really want is security and a better life, he wrote, which benign authoritarianism and hybrid democratic-autocratic regimes may be better able to deliver.
Tickets to Melias talk are $10, or $5 for BIAHC members, students and seniors. Kaplans talk, co-sponsored by Eagle Harbor Books, is free. The Current Event Series is co-presented by The World Affairs Council, www.world-affairs.org.
Critical areas, budget slated
The City Council will hold a special meeting and workshop 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at City Hall council chambers.
Up for discussion includes revisions to the Critical Areas Ordinance, governing land use in sensitive habitats from 9:30 -10 a.m.; the proposed 2006 city budget from 10:10 a.m. to noon; the councils 2006 budget policies and priorities from 1-2:45 p.m.; future budget workshops, 2:45-3 p.m.; and the ethics program from 3-4 p.m. For more information call 780-8604 or see www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us.