Stepping Back from Democratic Pessimism

21 12 2009

URL: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/index.cfm?fa=view&id=22781&prog=zgp&proj=zdrl. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Carothers offers a wide-ranging assessment of the state of democracy in the world, finding that despite setbacks in the troubled regions of the Middle East and former Soviet Union, democracy has not experienced a global retreat this decade. Good news on democratization, though often less visible, has occurred in roughly equal proportion to bad news, and considerable continuity exists in many places. By taking on this more balanced perspective, the Obama administration can ensure that unnecessary pessimism does not hinder important U.S. support for democracy around the world.

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