Democracy, Rights and Governance Assessment of the United States: Principled or Hypocritical?

date Tuesday, 25 October 2011 time 7 p.m.

Mathew Reddy


The U.S. is often portrayed as a leader of the “Free World”. Despite the fact that no nation achieves perfection within the ideology it proclaims, the general consent within the U.S. government, main stream media, influential think tanks, academic community and the public at large is that the U.S. is one of the most free, democratic, and transparent nations on earth.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead development agency for U.S. foreign policy. USAID goals in promoting sustainable democracy in other nations include: Strengthening the Rule of Law and the Respect for Human Rights Promoting More Genuine and Competitive Elections and Political Processes Increased Development of a Politically Active Civil Society More Transparent and Accountable Governance Promoting free and independent media

USAID uses specific assessment tools to determine where a nation lies along the spectrum of sustainable democracy.

The aim of this course is to have a thought provoking discussion about: The history of democracy promotion Democracy assessment tools used by the development community An analysis of the U.S. using such assessment tools How the U.S. stands up to the expectations it holds for other countries What the findings tell us about the principled or hypocritical orientation of U.S. foreign and domestic policy and how to proceed from those findings.


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