Does democracy matter? Is democracy on the defensive globally? If so, what can – or should – the United States do to support democracy throughout the world? Furthermore, should fostering democracy be a major goal of U.S. foreign policy? If not, what are the alternatives? If yes, how might we achieve this goal effectively?
“The authors of this book make a point that deserves repeating to the American public every day: Defending democracy and human rights around the world isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s also unquestionably in America’s best interest,” says Christian Caryl, editor at Democracy Post and the Washington Post.
Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace adds that “this collection of focused, insightful essays by top experts is well-timed. The editors advance important recommendations for doing better, persuasively arguing that democracy promotion must adapt to the challenging global context if it is to survive.”
The publication of Does Democracy Matter? was made possible by the generous support of the Leo Model Foundation and the Cotswold Foundation.
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