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New Directions for Democracy Promotion

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Publication Date: July 2008

Publisher(s): National Democratic Institute for International Affairs; International Republican Institute; Better World Campaign

Author(s): Lorne W. Craner; Kenneth Wollack

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: International relations (International peace and security)
Politics (Political ideologies and movements)

Keywords: Presidential transition; Democracy promotion; Democracy advancement

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Despite the confusion and skepticism about U.S. democracy promotion efforts generated largely by the Iraq war and the outcome of elections in the Palestinian Authority, the United States must remain engaged in this important effort.

In recent decades, scores of countries have chosen to become democratic and the majority of people in every region of the world now believe that democracy is the best form of government. While democratic systems may be the standard that nations seek, achieving that standard and sustaining support for democratic governance can be a difficult process.