Exporting Democracy

April 1, 2005 • Volume 15, Issue 12
Will President Bush's efforts succeed?
By Peter Katel

Introduction

An Iraqi woman flashes an ink-stained victory sign after voting in Az Zubayr on Jan. 30, 2005, in Iraq's first free election in a half-century; the ink indicates she has voted. Despite attacks by insurgents, turnout was strong.  (AFP Photo/Andrew Parsons)
An Iraqi woman flashes an ink-stained victory sign after voting in Az Zubayr on Jan. 30, 2005, in Iraq's first free election in a half-century; the ink indicates she has voted. Despite attacks by insurgents, turnout was strong. (AFP Photo/Andrew Parsons)

At his second inauguration in January, President Bush vowed “to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation.” Critics from Russian President Vladimir Putin to political scientist Francis Fukuyama said the president was taking on too great a challenge, and that similar efforts in the past have failed. But Bush's backers urged him to stay the course. Successful elections in Iraq and Afghanistan and promising pro-democracy activities in Lebanon, Egypt, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and other nations seemed to prove Bush correct. Still, Bush's campaign to promote global democracy faces challenges, including forming an interim government in violence-torn Iraq. Moreover, skeptics say, establishing a true government of the people requires civil liberties for women as well as men, a free press, an independent judiciary and the other institutions that make up a democracy.

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