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Is democracy winning?

Is the world reverting to a struggle between great powers? Or is the democratising spirit of 1989 still alive?

By Robert Kagan   May 2008

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NO, democracy is not: Robert Kagan YES, democracy is winning: Robert Cooper

Dear Robert Cooper 7th April 2008

As the Bush administration winds down it seems a good time to take stock of world affairs. It seems to me that the world has become “normal” again, in the sense that the great-power competition that shaped international affairs for centuries, and which seemed to have disappeared after 1989, has returned. So, too, the conflict over values and principles—between liberal democracy and autocracy—that has influenced the behaviour of…

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