The Corner

Alexander On Sharansky

Gerard Alexander’s first-rate review of Natan Sharansky’s The Case for Democracy is on the cover of the new Claremont Review of Books. Alexander offers very powerful criticisms of the idea that our foreign policy should be organized exclusively around democracy promotion. Yet Alexander rightly points out that U.S. policy is already a good deal more complex than what Sharansky calls for. This review is definitely not a blanket dismissal of Sharansky, or of democracy promotion. But it is an extremely intelligent case for prudence, balance, and patience in pursuit of that larger goal.

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