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Democracy Promotion from 1989 to Vladimir Putin’s 2015 UN Speech: The Interrelationship of Democracy and Democracy Promotion

Geneva Hub for Democracy Policy Papers No.2/2016

Author(s):

Dr. Daniel Warner

Release Date:

April 2016

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Democracy is not a timeless absolute. Beginning with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the United States began an active period of promoting democratization especially in newly independent countries. “The End of History” and “The Democratic Peace Theory” are among several justifications for this promotion. Vladimir Putin’s 2015 speech before the UN General Assembly brought a very different perspective on this period and may, along with the chaos in Libya, Syria and Iraq, mark the end of the idealization of democracy and its active promotion as the best manner in which societies should be organized.