News | Sept. 1, 2009

DTP-069: What Democracy for Afghanistan? An Analysis Utilizing Established Norms and Five Non-Western Case Studies

By Charles L. Barry and Samuel R. Greene DTP-069

This paper looks at democratic governance and what might be expected to take root in a society such as Afghanistan, shedding light on what is necessary, as a minimum, for democracy to become established. Suggesting replacements for goals that may be simply unattainable, such as an Afghan democracy held to an unrealistic Jeffersonian standard, it aims to impart a sense of what can be accomplished before international political will expires.