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Saltzman War and Peace Institute Experts Question Whether Democracy Is the Best Option for Rebuilding Iraq

Richard Betts, Robert Jervis and Warner Shilling, Saltzman War and Peace Institute and SIPA professors, discuss the paradoxes that pose a threat to Iraqi reconstruction. The three question whether democracy is the best course of action in reconstructing Iraq and agree that it will take the United States a substantial amount of time and financial support to accomplish.

Richard Betts
Richard Betts

A Democratic Iraq Might Want Weapons of Mass Destruction to Protect Itself from Neighbors, Says Richard Betts
If the United States helped to develop a free, liberal democracy like our own, it would certainly be in the interest of a free, independent Iraq to create and maintain weapons of mass destruction to fend off the perceived threat of neighboring countries, such as Iran, says Richard Betts.

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Robert Jervis
Robert Jervis

Proper Nation Building Could Take the United States Eight to Ten Years, Says Robert Jervis
A campaign of proper nation building could put the United States in Iraq for up to eight or ten years, estimates Robert Jervis. The longer the United States stays in the region, there would be a greater likelihood of terrorist retaliation on U.S. interests, he says.

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Warner Schilling
Warner Schilling

The Longer it Takes to Restore Iraq, the More Likely the Region Will Produce More Terrorism Recruits, Says Warner Shilling
I have never believed in the ease of developing a democratic polity in Iraq, says Warner Shilling. The longer we take to restore Iraq, the more likely it is that the region will produce more recruits for terrorism, he says.

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Shot: Apr 10, 2003
Published: May 05, 2003
Last modified:May 05, 2003