American democracy promotion in the changing Middle East: from Bush to Obama

Akbarzadeh, Shahram, MacQueen, Benjamin, Piscatori, James and Saikal, Amin 2013, American democracy promotion in the changing Middle East: from Bush to Obama, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, England.

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Title American democracy promotion in the changing Middle East: from Bush to Obama
Author(s) Akbarzadeh, Shahram
MacQueen, Benjamin
Piscatori, James
Saikal, Amin
Editor(s) Akbarzadeh, Shahram
MacQueen, Benjamin
Piscatori, James
Saikal, Amin
Publication date 2013
Series Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series
Total pages 184p
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication Abingdon, England
Keyword(s) democratisation
political reconstruction
democracy promotion
Bush
Obama
Summary The recent "Arab spring", with its popular uprisings in many Arab countries, has exposed the ambiguity at the heart of American promotion of democracy in the Middle East. The US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were packaged as democracy promotion, as heralding the beginning of a new phase in the politics of the Middle East when democracy would replace authoritarian regimes. Many of these authoritarian regimes, however, were sustained by US support. The recent popular uprisings threaten to bring democracy without promotion by the US, and threaten to overthrow regimes previously supported by the US and important for US strategy in the region – hence an initial hesitant response by the US to some of the uprisings. This book explores the contradictions in American democracy promotion in the Middle East. It discusses the principles underlying US democracy promotion, and the debates surrounding US policy formation, and examines the application of US democracy promotion in specific cases. It concludes by assessing the likely future patterns of US engagement with democratic reform in the Middle East.
ISBN 041552055X
9780415520553
Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
HERDC Research category A7.1 Edited book
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30059470

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