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    In defence of a concert of liberal democracies

    Singh, Robert S. (2009) In defence of a concert of liberal democracies. The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations 10 (1), pp. 21-32.

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    Abstract

    Among the many areas of academic disagreement about US foreign policy at the end of the Bush years, one notable source of relative consensus exists—democracy promotion will assume a very modest part of the Obama Administration’s approach to world affairs. Even during the comparatively benign years of the Clinton presidency, opinion surveys consistently demonstrated that democracy promotion was a very low priority among the American public, and only marginally more important to foreign policy elites. Now, amidst grave financial crisis and huge economic instability, liberal democracies are facing the imperatives of securing energy independence and combating climate change. Compounded by shifting changes in the global balance of power and challenges to Washington from both traditional state actors (Russia, Iran, and Venezuela) and continuing threats from militant Islam, institutional liberalism’s least pressing task would seem to be the dogged pursuit of a more democratic world. Tarnished in particular by the mismanaged occupation of Iraq and the victory of Hamas in Gaza, serious doubts now remain over not only Washington’s capacity to build democracies abroad, but also the very desirability of such efforts. The starting point for many analysts tod

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2013 16:52
    Last Modified: 04 Nov 2013 16:52
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8676

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