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History of Democracy Promotion


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University of Texas at Austin
Gov 312l - Issues and Policies in American Government

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GOV 312L 1st Edition Lecture 18 Outline of Current Lecture I Introduction II History of democracy promotion III Critique of democratic peace and democracy promotion IV What is a state V Discussion of Micklethwait and Woolridge reading VI What is sovereignty VII Is it ethical to violate the norm of sovereignty VIII Failed states and policy challenges IX Discussion of Mazarr reading X Interview with Jeffrey Spike Current Lecture Democracy Promotion Failed States News Obama will push ahead and implement his policies without congressional approval o immigration reform Democracy promotion A timeline continued Encarnacion reading Wilson s act of promoting democracy was more aimed toward self US based goals These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute o criticizes these democracies as imperial adventure by the US we did this for own economic reasons In Cold War times promoting democracy shift moved towards containment of communism sometimes the US even undermined left wing democracies The end of the Cold War saw a boom in democratic promotion o The manner of communism collapse suggested that spreading democracy goes hand in hand with peace So the US did not now have to choose between democracy and security Clinton promoting democracy in Eastern Europe and Russia will expand the zone of peace Most of this was a failure Bush campaigned against the idea of democracy promotion criticized Clinton and Al Gore for over engaging in Somalia After 9 11 Bush changed his mind now democracy promotion is an imperative that is the US s responsibility Like Bush Obama campaigned for office criticizing democracy promotion Again like Bush Obama s view was changed by external events in the Middle East Against democracy promotion Democratic transition o Long term benefits of peace will be outweighed by short term horrible war Democracy promotion is a post WW1 phenomenon Institutions

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