Reducing Recruitment into Islamic Terrorist Organizations: The Antagonistic Effect of Liberal Democracy Promotion
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This chapter explores four questions that must be addressed if we hope that democracy promotion can reduce terrorist recruitment. 1) Do all people really want to live in a liberal democracy? 2) Do they support the political values necessary to create and sustain such structures? 3) If not, are the attitudes necessary to maintain such structures, once instantiated, malleable? And, 4) are there unintended consequences for trying to impose alien values onto sovereign foreign nationals? In doing so, we provide empirical support for the contention that the assumptions upon which democracy promotion (DP) is based are untrue.
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