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January 24, 2020

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Exporting Democracy
Last Featured: 11/3/2003

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In Afghanistan, Iraq, and the republics of the former Yugoslavia, critics charge that America’s track record in bringing democracy to authoritarian-ruled nations has been an abysmal failure. Aggressive intervention, they say, breeds more hatred than happiness. Supporters of these policies counter that critics have short memories and even shorter patience. In Europe, they point to American successes in Germany and Italy; in Asia, Japan and South Korea. Taped as a part of the 2003 NPR/PRI Collaborative on Democracy, the debate centers on what it means to export democracy and America’s role on the international stage.

Morton Halperin directs the Open Society Institute’s Washington, D.C. office and is also Senior Vice President of the Center for American Progress. Halperin served in the Clinton, Nixon and Johnson administrations, most recently as director of the policy planning staff at the State Department. Halperin directed the American Civil Liberties Union’s Center for National Security Studies and their Washington office. Halperin has published numerous books and articles on civil liberties and American foreign policy, and has testified before congress.

Clifford D. May is President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a think tank on terrorism created after 9/11. May has had a distinguished career in international relations, journalism, communications and politics. A veteran news reporter, foreign correspondent and editor (at The New York Times and other publications), he has covered stories in more than two dozen countries. He writes a nationally syndicated column and is a regular contributor for National Review Online. May also served as Director of Communications for the Republican National Committee and was Senior Managing Director in the Washington, D.C. office of BSMG Worldwide.

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"If despotism failed only for want of a capable benevolent despot, what chance has democracy, which requires a whole population of capable voters?"

— George Bernard Shaw

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