Academic journal article Military Review

Just War Theory and Democrazation by Force

Academic journal article Military Review

Just War Theory and Democrazation by Force

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Joseph P. Avery, Ph.D., National Security and Foreign Policy-Dr. Cora Sol Goldstein's article "Just War Theory and Democratization by Force: Two Incompatible Agendas" (September-October 2012, Military Review) is an excellent and thoughtprovoking article with a number of prominent points backed by historical facts, and I agree with her presentation of the overall theory.

There are additional factors that make the task of democratization difficult in that part of the world during time of war and peace. In addition to the excellent analysis by Dr. Goldstein, you can fold in other aggravating issues raised by Samuel P. Huntington's Clash of Civilizations, where popular cultural and religious conflicts often have priority over governments and their policies, and can lead to widespread conflicts and difficulty in instituting stable, democratic institutions and regimes.

In the middle of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, you can also factor in the propositions outlined in the seminal work Political Order in Changing Societies, which posits that the process of social and societal modernization that we are attempting to institute itself causes instability (and backlash) if not combined with a program of political and institutional modernization-little which have occurred in these areas. …

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