America’s Mission: The Struggle to Spread Democracy

America’s Mission: The Struggle to Spread Democracy

Democracy promotion has been a pillar of American foreign policy since the founding of the nation. While democracy is an ideal that unites Americans, spreading it around the world has proven difficult and often divisive. Today, America’s efforts to bring freedom to Iraq and Afghanistan have sent democracy promotion’s stock tumbling to an all time low.

Guests on this episode include:

  • Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy
  • Rami Khouri, director of the Issaam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut
  • Jennifer Windsor, executive director of Freedom House
  • Tony Smith, professor of political science at Tufts University
  • Richard Armitage, assistant secretary of defense
  • Michael Armacost, undersecretary of state
  • Steven Bosworth, US ambassador to the Philippines
  • Morton Abramowitz, head of the State Department’s Intelligence and Research Bureau
  • Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev)
  • Rep. Steven Solarz (D-NY)
  • Eduard Shevardnadze, former president of Georgia
  • Giga Bokeria, member of the Georgian Parliament for the United National Movement party
  • John Tefft, US ambassador to Georgia
  • Tinatin Khidasheli, founder of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association
Segment 1

Ray Suarez examines the challenges of promoting democracy in the Middle East today. 



Segment 2

We take a closer look at democracy promotion and US foreign policy from World War I to the Iraq War.

Segment 3

Steve Roberts examines the American attempt to foster democracy under the rule of the American-backed Marcos Regime in the Philippines during the 1980s.

Segment 4

Ray Suarez talks to major players in the Rose Revolution, when democracy was demanded by the people of the Republic of Georgia.