08 October 2011

Article: Democracy promotion - a geostrategic contest

Article: Democracy promotion - a geostrategic contest

On 6 October 2011, the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy's "Democracy Digest" ran an article by Jakub Grygiel (Johns Hopkins University), titled "Democracy promotion - a geostrategic contest".

Excerpt: "A quick look at the world map makes apparent that in many of the regions where the United States and its allies are promoting democracy, other powers are vying for influence by either undermining our efforts or by trying to hijack the outcome. ... Only the United States has the political clout and the military might to deter and counter the aggressive behavior of revisionist regional powers. ... President Obama can therefore either ... support democratization or seek harmonious relations with Great Powers. He cannot do both. "

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