Europe, the United States, and Middle Eastern Democracy: Repairing the Breach

22 12 2009

URL: http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2009/01_middle_eastern_democracy_wittes.aspx. Source: Brookings Institution.

Tensions between the United States and the European Union since the 2003 war in Iraq affected many arenas of Middle East policy, but perhaps none has come to encapsulate those tensions as much as the quest to advance democracy in the region. This paper looks beyond the highly charged, Iraq-related deterioration in the transatlantic relationship in order to assess the real similarities and differences in the two actors’ democracy promotion strategies in the Middle East.

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