Critical Mission: Essays on Democracy Promotion

Critical Mission: Essays on Democracy Promotion

by Thomas Carothers
     
 

Demand for practical knowledge and lessons about how the United States and other countries can more effectively promote democracy around the world has never been higher. This timely book by Thomas Carothers, one of the foremost authorities worldwide on democracy building, helps meet that need. Critical Mission draws together a wide-ranging set of Carothers's many

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Overview

Demand for practical knowledge and lessons about how the United States and other countries can more effectively promote democracy around the world has never been higher. This timely book by Thomas Carothers, one of the foremost authorities worldwide on democracy building, helps meet that need. Critical Mission draws together a wide-ranging set of Carothers's many seminal, widely cited essays, organized around four vital themes:

the role of democracy promotion in U.S. foreign policy

the core elements of democracy aid

the state of democracy in the world

the new U.S. push to promote democracy in the Middle East

From puncturing myths about promoting civil society to sizing up the prospects for democracy in the Arab world, Carothers is consistently penetrating, incisive, and challenging to policymakers, democracy activists, and scholars alike.The book also includes the only up-to-date, comprehensive bibliography on democracy promotion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870032103
Publisher:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Carothers is vice president for international politics and governance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and founder and director of the Endowment's Democracy and Rule of Law Project.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Sect. 1Introduction1
Sect. 2The place of democracy promotion in U.S. foreign policy7
1Democracy and human rights : policy allies or rivals? (1994)9
2Democracy promotion under Clinton (1995)23
3The Clinton record on democracy promotion (2000)39
4Ousting foreign strongmen : lessons from Serbia (2001)53
5Promoting democracy and fighting terror (2003)63
6Democracy promotion : explaining the Bush administration's position (2003)
The core of U.S. foreign policy75
Carothers replies79
Sect. 3Core elements of democracy aid81
7The rise of election monitoring : the observers observed (1997)83
8Civil society : think again (1999)99
9Western civil society aid to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (1999)107
10The rule of law revival (1998)121
11Promoting the rule of law abroad : the problem of knowledge (2003)131
Sect. 4The state of democracy145
12Promoting democracy in a postmodern world (1996)147
13Democracy without illusions (1997)155
14The end of the transition paradigm (2002)167
15Debating the transition paradigm (2002)
In partial defense of an evanescent "paradigm"185
The democratic path192
Retaining the human dimension198
Tilting at straw men204
A reply to my critics212
16Zakaria's complaint (2003)219
Sect. 5Into the Middle East227
17Democratic mirage in the Middle East (2002)229
18Is gradualism possible? Choosing a strategy for promoting democracy in the Middle East (2003)237
19Democracy : terrorism's uncertain antidote (2003)251
Sect. 6Afterword259
Bibliography on democracy promotion265
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace300

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