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Realism and Democracy
American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring

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  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108415620

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  • America is turning away from support for democrats in Arab countries in favor of 'pragmatic' deals with tyrants to defeat violent Islamist extremism. For too many policymakers, Arab democracy is seen as a dangerous luxury. In Realism and Democracy, Elliott Abrams marshals four decades of experience as an American official and leading Middle East expert and shows that deals with tyrants will not work. Islamism is an idea that can only be defeated by a better idea: democracy. Through a careful analysis of America's record of democracy promotion in the region and beyond, from the Cold War to the Obama years, Abrams proves that repression helps Islamists beat democrats, while political openings offer moderates and liberals a chance. This book makes a powerful argument for an American foreign policy that combines practical politics and idealism and refuses to abandon those struggling for democracy and human rights in the Arab world.

    • Explains why the Arab Spring happened and why it failed
    • Explains how American support for democracy developed over recent years, drawing on four decades of experiences from the front line
    • Gives practical suggestions for reform of American policy to help Arab democrats succeed
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    Advance praise: 'Elliott Abrams has done the country another important service. This outstanding book reminds us that the enduring power of America is that, at our best, we see our interests as our values, and our values as our interests. Now more than ever, Americans and their leaders need to understand that support for human rights has been, and should remain, a key pillar of US foreign policy. This book could not be more timely or more significant.' Senator John McCain, United States Congress

    Advance praise: 'Elliott Abrams gives us a brilliant review of the fight for freedom, showing with clarity what works and what does not. But even more, he highlights the possibilities for progress that may be gained from a determined, long-term strategy advocating democracy and human rights.' The Honorable George P. Shultz, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

    Advance praise: 'A powerful and persuasive argument that realism as well as American ideals should lead us to support the struggle for freedom.' Joseph Lieberman, former US Senator from Connecticut, Senior Counsel, Kasowitz, Benson, and Torres

    Advance praise: 'Since the 1980s, no US official has done more to advance the cause of democracy and human rights than Elliott Abrams. Here bringing his vast experience to bear on American policy in the Middle East, he makes a powerful, pragmatic case for promoting democratic reform in Egypt and other Arab autocracies. Sure to be controversial in the best sense - his arguments cannot be ignored.' Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute, author of The World America Made

    Advance praise: America's greatest asset in world politics is its association with freedom. Elliott Abrams brings unique experience as an American official who understood the power of freedom - and realized that an American strategy to advance democracy advances American interests. Here he explains how men like Scoop Jackson, George Shultz, and Ronald Reagan worked to support liberty and democracy - and how to build on their legacy today, including in the Arab world. Every official in the State Department should be required to read this book.' Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency, human rights activist and former political prisoner in the Soviet Union

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    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108415620
    • dimensions: 239 x 167 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The Arab Spring
    2. Arab and Muslim democracy
    3. Will the Islamists always win?
    4. The trouble with US policy
    5. What is to be done?

  • Author

    Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations, New York
    Elliott Abrams is senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. He served as assistant secretary of state for human rights under Ronald Reagan, and as a Deputy National Security Advisor in the administration of George W. Bush where he handled Middle East policy for the White House. His previous book, Tested by Zion (Cambridge, 2013), is the definitive account of the Bush administration and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and won the Bronze Prize in 2013 from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as outstanding book of the year on the Middle East. Abrams is a member of the board of the US National Endowment for Democracy.

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