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US Democracy Promotion in the Arab World: Interests vs. Ideals

Mieczyslaw P. Boduszynski
US Democracy Promotion in the Arab World: Interests vs. Ideals
ISBN: 978-1-62637- 817-9
Forthcoming September 2019/250 pages
"A wonderfully detailed investigation of US foreign policy decisionmaking that adds dimension and insight on a range of topics in international relations and comparative politics. [Boduszynski] combines social science analysis with personal experience to make for an enjoyable as well as an insightful read."—Tamara Cofman Wittes, Brookings Institution


Whether democracy promotion should play a role in US foreign policy continues to be a subject of considerable debate, perhaps nowhere more than with regard to the Arab World. But looking beyond the "whether," what explains why, where, and how the United States promotes democracy? What caused the shift from the Obama administration's support of the Arab Spring protests in 2011 to its retreat from democracy promotion only two years later? What explains the Trump administration’s focus on relationships with autocrats?

In the context of these questions, Mieczyslaw Boduszynski explores the tensions between interests and ideals in US foreign policy and the possibilities and limits of US democracy


Mieczyslaw P. Boduszynski is assistant professor of politics and international relations at Pomona College.


  • US Democracy Promotion in the Arab World.
  • Explaining US Democracy Promotion.
  • Individuals.
  • Institutions.
  • Challengers.
  • Trump and the Future of Democracy Promotion.