Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Kinzer in Globe: Democracy per se matters less than stability.

In the Boston Globe, Journalist in Residence Stephen Kinzer writes that the US should use a criterion other than "democratic" when judging which governments are praiseworthy or at least deserve our sympathy. "It is fine to encourage those who seem most likely to be 'democratic' as we define that term," he says. "But we should also ask: Who in this country can establish control, provide security, and improve lives?"

August 18, 2014