Uncharted journey: promoting democracy in the Middle East

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Thomas Carothers, Marina Ottaway
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005 - Political Science - 302 pages
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The United States faces no greater challenge today than successfully fulfilling its new ambition of helping bring about a democratic transformation of the Middle East. Uncharted Journey contributes a wealth of concise, illuminating insights on this subject, drawing on the contributors' deep knowledge of Arab politics and their substantial experience with democracy-building in other parts of the world. The essays in part one vividly dissect the state of Arab politics today, including an up-to-date examination of the political shock wave in the region produced by the invasion of Iraq. Part two and three set out a provocative exploration of the possible elements of a democracy promotion strategy for the region. The contributors identify potential false steps as well as a productive way forward, avoiding the twin shoals of either reflexive pessimism in the face of the daunting obstacles to Arab democratization or an unrealistic optimism that fails to take into account the region's political complexities. Contributors include Eva Bellin (Hunter College), Daniel Brumberg (Carnegie Endowment), Thomas Carothers (Carnegie Endowment), Michele Dunne (Georgetown University), Graham Fuller, Amy Hawthorne (Carnegie Endowment), Marina Ottaway (Carnegie Endowment), and Richard Youngs (Foreign Policy Centre).

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Liberalization versus Democracy
Islamists and Democracy
The New Reform Ferment

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About the author (2005)

Thomas Carothers, an attorney in Washington, D.C., was recently an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a contributor to "Exporting Democracy: The United States and Latin America" (1991).

MARINA OTTOWAY is an Associate Professor in the School of International Services at American University and Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

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