Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Stanford University


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A Transatlantic Strategy to Promote Democratic Development in the Broader Middle East

Journal Article

Michael A. McFaul - Stanford University
Larry Diamond - Stanford University
Ronald Asmus
Mark Leonard

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The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 28 no. 2, page(s) 7-21
Spring 2005

Since the September 11 attacks, a number of U.S. and European strategists have stepped forward to call for a fundamental paradigm shift in how the United States and Europe engage the broader Middle East - that wide swath of the globe, predominantly Muslim and overwhelmingly authoritarian, stretching from Morocco to Afghanistan. The West, they have argued, must abandon the chimera of stability offered by an autocratic status quo and instead put the weight of Western influence on the side of positive democratic change. Washington and Brussels must join forces in a partnership with reformers in the region to promote democratic transformation and human development as an antidote to those radical ideologies and terrorist groups that seek to destroy Western society and values.