Beyond Bombs and Ballots: Dispelling Myths about Democracy Assistance

Mitchell, Lincoln A.

A central component of American foreign policy since the First World War is now under attack. In popular American perception, democracy promotion has become linked to the aggressive foreign policy of the Bush Administration, most notably the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars are now frequently cited to caricature all democracy assistance as “bombs and ballots” initiatives that depend excessively on military action and elections.


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September 14, 2011