Strengthening Transitions to Democratic and Inclusive Governance: A Diplomat’s Handbook

CIGI, in partnership with the Council for a Community of Democracies, is publishing the third edition of A Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support. Written by Ambassador Jeremy Kinsman and Kurt Bassuener, this publication is widely used around the world to promote democracy and support diplomats and members of the not-for-profit sector in the practical challenges of on-the-ground democratic transition and consolidation from undemocratic regimes. By recording case studies of the activity of diplomats in countries that were repressive and flatly undemocratic to those in the throes of post-conflict recovery, the Handbook is able to provide guidance in an area where there is no codified set of procedures for diplomats to follow.

The third edition of A Diplomat’s Handbook, to be released in fall 2013, will identify lessons through new case studies — Russia and Tunisia — as well as provide updates to previous case studies, and will, like previous editions, offer diplomatic missions a toolbox of creative, human, and material resources — available to diplomatic missions — that can support democracy development.

More information, including access to the previous editions of the handbook, can be found at