Willis Pickard reports.
Liberal International held its 57th Congress in Manila from 16-20 June, the first time a full congress has been held in Asia.
Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World, addressed a 23 May forum held jointly by Liberal International British Group and the Chinese Liberal Democrats.
Prospects for democracy and liberalism hang in the balance across the Arab world, with progress in some countries but the likelihood of bloodshed in others as the wave of popular revolts continues, LIBG's forum on North Africa heard.
Revolt in Tunisia and its possible affects on the Arab world
Rebecca Tinsley, founder of Waging Peace, which works with survivors of war, genocide and rape in central Africa, spoke to an LIBG forum on the impending referendum that could see southern Sudan secede as a separate country.
Liberal International has awarded its 2010 Prize for Freedom to Dr Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Following a powerful speech from its newly elected President, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes, the 2010 annual general meeting of the British Group of the Liberal International unanimously called on the government to rule out the like-for-like replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system.
The recent Lib Dem campaign successes, and the way 'Cleggmania' hit the UK after the first party leaders' television debate, was not lost on the foreign press nor on our sister parties in Europe and the Commonwealth.
Some 300 liberals from around the globe met in Cairo from 29-31 October for the latest congress and executive meeting. The event is held every 18 months.