Advancing Arab democracy: interests vs. ideals


The Arab Spring uprisings began a century after Woodrow Wilson began a push to promote democracy abroad, believing this would foster world peace and stability. Over the last 100 years, the United States has supported democratization efforts in all corners of the globe, but the demand for free elections and judicial reform has cooled in recent years, Catherine Garcia writes for 

In his new book, U.S. Democracy Promotion in the Arab World: Beyond Interests vs. Ideals, Mietek  Boduszynski, a politics and international relations professor at Pomona College, writes about the United States’ stuttering advocacy for democracy. Like many past and present members of the foreign service, he is troubled by how the U.S. is wielding power.

Boduszysnki’s well-researched study not only contributes to the study of US foreign policy, but also provides practical, policy, and normative advice for how to take advantage of democratic breakthroughs in the future, says former National Endowment for Democracy Reagan-Fascell fellow Michael McFaul of Stanford University, author of Advancing Democracy Abroad and From Cold War to Hot Peace: A U.S. Ambassador in Putin’s Russia

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