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Can “Freedom Only” Secure Our Future?



Increasingly, Americans doubt the wisdom and effectiveness of the Bush administration’s Iraq policy. They wonder whether our mission can succeed and whether toppling Saddam was the right priority to win the “war on terrorism.” President Bush now regularly justifies regime change in Iraq on grounds that democracy there and elsewhere is essential to security America’s future. Practically speaking, democracy promotion is the principal pill of President Bush’s long-term strategy to win the war on terror. As Americans and our partners weigh progress towards achieving our goals in Iraq, we should ask not only whether we are succeeding there, but also whether the United States has a viable strategy for improving its own and our collective security over the long term. Is democracy promotion sufficient to achieve greater security, and are we doing it well enough?


Corinne Graff

Former Brookings Expert

Senior Policy Scholar - United States Institute of Peace

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