Exporting Democracy

The Brian Lehrer Show and the BBC

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

The United States exports grain, computers, movies…and democracy. Today all eyes are on Iraq and Afghanistan, where America and its allies are trying to impose democratic self-government in formerly autocratic societies. But it’s not a quick path to peace and prosperity. Over the past decade, dozens of countries like South Africa and Ukraine have chosen multiparty democracy with varying degrees of success.

  • Featured Guests:

    Fareed Zakaria

    Fareed Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International. His recent book The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad argues that in developing countries, democracy is a symptom of success, not the path to it.

    Adnan Pachachi
    Born into a privileged Sunni family, Adnan Pachachi was Iraq’s foreign minister in the 1960s. In 1969, one year after Ba’ath party coup that brought Saddam Hussein to power, he left Iraq and took up residence in the United Arab Emirates, where worked in the UAE government. Now eighty years old, Pachachi has returned to Iraq to join the new Governing Council. He strongly supports a secular, liberal, and democratic model of government for Iraq.
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