The Core of U.S. Foreign Policy

Dobriansky, Paula J.; Carothers, Thomas
May 2003
Foreign Affairs;May/Jun2003, Vol. 82 Issue 3, p141
This paper presents a response from Paula Dobriansky on the article 'Promoting Democracy and Fighting Terror,' by Thomas Carothers (January/February 2003), and features a reply from Carothers as well. Carothers' article critiques the democracy promotion record of the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush and offers some broad recommendations on how best to integrate human rights causes into American foreign policy. However, Dobriansky suggests that both Carothers' analysis and his policy prescriptions are unpersuasive. Carothers' reply indicates that he is astonished that Dobriansky attempts to refute the central thesis of his article: that the war on terrorism has impelled the Bush administration to seek friendlier relations with authoritarian regimes in many parts of the world for the sake of their cooperation on security matters. Carothers notes that the point of his article was not to excoriate the Bush administration for struggling with the tension between the war on terrorism and democracy promotion. Rather, it was to discuss the problem openly and clearly and to identify where and how the tension can be better mitigated.


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