Less is More: The Moral Virtue of Policy Minimalism
Democracy versus Modernization: A Dilemma for Russia and for the World (2012) Basees/Routledge Series on Russian and east European Studies
20 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2013
Date Written: July 1, 2012
For the US and its allies to engage in long distance social engineering, by seeking to turn nations such as Iraq and Afghanistan (and the Middle East) into Western democracies, is not only technically impossible but also morally defective. Our leverage is limited. Hence if is squandered on projects that cannot be advanced, we lose scarce resources that could do good for other people and sever our interests and values, if applied where they can make a significant contribution. We can help build security without first engaging in nation-building, the record shows. Nation-building then should be supported through non-lethal means.
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