Advisory - The Freedom Agenda: James Traub on "Why America Must Spread Democracy"

    OTTAWA, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Distinguished author and journalist James
Traub will be in Ottawa February 23 to deliver a lecture at Canada's
International Development Research Centre on the promotion of American
democracy in the era of U.S. President Barack Obama. A contributing writer for
The New York Times Magazine, Traub will argue that democracy matters - for
human rights, for reconciliation among ethnic and religious groups, for
political stability and equitable development - but that the United States
must exercise caution in its efforts to spread it.

    Date: Monday, February 23, 2009
    Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Where: 150 Kent Street (corner of Albert), 8th floor

    From 1994 to 1997, Traub wrote for The New Yorker. He has written
extensively on international affairs and especially the United Nations, as
well as national politics and urban affairs. Traub is a member of the Council
on Foreign Relations and director of policy for the Global Centre for the
Responsibility to Protect. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The
Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power. His
most recent book is The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy
(Just Not the Way George Bush Did).
    The event is open to the media. French and English simultaneous
interpretation is available. Spaces are limited and journalists are encouraged
to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-696-2343.
    For more information, visit

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40
years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 696-2343,
(613) 816-7620,

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