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Spreading Democracy in the Middle East is a Bad Idea

Spreading Democracy in the Middle East is a Bad Idea

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One of the key justifications for the invasion of Iraq was spreading democracy in the Middle East. Proponents of democratization argue that the United States has a moral responsibility to empower those seeking freedom around the world, while others question the legitimacy of a governance structure imposed by outsiders. Is spreading democracy in the Middle East a bad idea? 

  • Flynt Leverett

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    • Senior Fellow and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Initiative of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation
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  • Dimitri K. Simes

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    • Founding President of The Nixon Center and Publisher of its foreign policy bi-monthly magazine
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  • Shibley Telhami

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    • Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution
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  • Liz Cheney

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    • Attorney and Specialist in the areas of U.S. Middle East policy and reform in the Arab world
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  • Danielle Pletka

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    • Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
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  • Natan Sharansky

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    • Chairman of the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at The Shalem Center in Jerusalem
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