Democracies of the World Unite by Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay

Democracies of the World Unite by Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay

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Reading for Week 15: Conclusion  1 Democracies of the World Unite by Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay: Introduction (Opening): The author(s) criticized the Bush Administration’s policies after 9/11 as they had resulted in an America unbound alienated allies, empowered adversaries and divided Americans. The Bush revolution in foreign policies is over now and in its second term, the Bush Administration realized what its critics had long argued; “The US must be powerful, but not omnipotent, and thus it needed to work closely with others if wanted to solve the foreign policy challenges now confronting it.” Further criticizing, the writer(s) acknowledged that the Bush Administration never fully understood the term ‘multilateralism;’ therefore, its so-called renewed foreign policy mostly involved traditional diplomacy, typically only with close US allies, and almost always on an ad hoc , problem-oriented tactical basis. It lacked a strategic vision for long- term interest. The Bush Administration’s foreign policy did not suit the needs for the 21 st century, and was therefore, outdated. The writer(s) then turn to their thesis saying that we need international institutions that are most capable and effective to prevent and if necessary, respond to the threat of security. Thus, we need A Concert of Democracies, which brings together the world’s established democracies into a single institution dedicated to joint action. Democracies share the most important value of all – a common dedication to ensuring the life, liberty, and happiness of free people. There, it can best meet the challenges of today’s global politics. Why Cooperation Matters: We need cooperation as “the US cannot go it all alone in the world” to solve all problems….problems such as terrorism, deadly diseases, worldwide pandemics, environment issues, etc… We need multilateral cooperation in a world where a problem easily crosses borders… Therefore, some realists argue for a new concert of power in the world, which includes countries such as the US, Russia, Europe, China, India, and Japan…these democratic
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Democracies of the World Unite by Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay

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