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Unformatted text preview: es, it threatened the security of neighboring Japan and endangered other countries with the proliferation of ballistic missile technology. Now that Pyongyang has reportedly developed nuclear weapons-- weapons that can be provided to international terrorist organizations--it endangers the security of the entire world. The threat posed by North Korea is not a function of the increase of the destructive capacity of its weapons. Rather, it is the enhanced capacity of its weapons coupled with the nature of its regime that is the source of the problem. Just as nuclear weapons in the hands of a democratizing Russia do not pose the same threat as they did in the hands of the Soviet Union, the weapons of a democratic North Korea would pose no greater danger to the world than if they would be in the hands of a democratic South Korea. In the hands of leaders whose power is dependent on people who see war as a last resort, weapons of mass destruction will be a weapon of last resort. But in the hands of leaders whose survival depends on maintaining a constant state of tension, the danger of these weapons being used directly, or via terrorist proxies, increases enormously. DEMOCRACY IS KEY TO STABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Morton Halperin et al, Senior Vice President of the Center for American Progress and Director of the Open Society Policy Center, 2005. THE DEMOCRACY ADVANTAGE, p. 12. What explains the consistently superior development outcomes of democracies? We outline the conceptual underpinnings of democracy's superior developmental performance in Chapter 2. The reasons are many and varied, but boil down to three core characteristics of representative government: shared power, openness, and adaptability. Although holding free elections is what commonly defines democracy, what makes it work is the way it disperses power. Consequently, in contrast to most autocratic governments, a broader range of interests are considered on a more regular basis. This increases the likelihood that the priorities...
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