Bushwhacking the Democratic Peace

  • Bruce Russett
Part of the Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis book series (AFPA)


President George W. Bush concluded his final 2004 debate with John Kerry by declaring his faith in “the ability of liberty to transform societies, to convert a hostile world to a peaceful world.” Such affirmations then became part of his rhetorical repertoire, as in his 2005 State of the Union address and his claims about building democracy in the Middle East as a result of his invasion of Iraq. For example, “By now it should be clear that decades of excusing and accommodating tyranny in the pursuit of stability have only led to instability and tragedy … It should be clear that the advance of democracy leads to peace, because governments that respect the rights of their people also respect the rights of their neighbors.”1


Global Community Democratic Government Democratic State Military Intervention Democratic Transition 
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