Should Washington Promote Middle-East Democracy?

By Matthew RJ Brodsky

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, December 2012

A debate has formed in Washington about America's role in the Middle East. In order to respond, policymakers need to have a clear understanding of U.S. interests in the Middle East before they respond with a strategic plan that outlines our goals. A significant deterrent lies in the fact that many Middle Eastern countries do not possess the preconditions for a successful democracy. American leadership and democracy promotion should focus on the development of secular, nationalist and liberal political organizations that could compete with Islamic parties.

Topic: Democracy, Policy, International Relations

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.43/No.695

Page Number(s): 23-24

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Identifier: issn:0049-0385

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Brodsky, Matthew RJ. Should Washington Promote Middle-East Democracy?. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. December 2012: 23-24.


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