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Democracy promotion is a good antidote to terrorism

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Unformatted text preview: he peace, deter aggression, expand open markets, promote economic development, protect American citizens, combat international terrorism and crime, uphold human and worker rights, avoid humanitarian crises and refugee flows, improve the global environment, and protect human health. With these goals in mind, the United States seeks to: Promote democracy as a means to achieve security, stability, and prosperity for the entire world; Assist newly formed democracies in implementing democratic principles; Assist democracy advocates around the world to establish vibrant democracies in their own countries; and Identify and denounce regimes that deny their citizens the right to choose their leaders in elections that are free, fair, and transparent. DEMOCRACY PROMOTION IS A GOOD ANTIDOTE TO TERRORISM Paula J. Dobriansky and Thomas Carothers, Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs and Director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Democracy Promotion: Explaining the Bush Administration's Position the Core of U.S. Foreign Policy, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, May-June 2003, p. 141 Any effort to juxtapose or contrast our efforts to win the war against terrorism and our democracy-promotion strategy is conceptually flawed. Pan-national terrorist groups (such as al Qaeda) and rogue regimes (such as that of the Taliban or of Saddam Hussein) pose grave threats to democratic systems, as do the xenophobic, intolerant ideologies that they espouse. Accordingly, fighting against these forces is both in our national security interest and a key ingredient of democracy promotion. And democracy promotion is the best antidote to terrorism. Significantly, the Seoul Plan of Action, adopted at the 2002 CD meeting, contains a series of actions that democracies can take to counter emerging threats through the promotion of democracy. DEMOCRACIES FOSTER PEACE IN THE WORLD COMMUNITY Larry Diamond, senior research fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University "Promoting Real Democracy...
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