Since 1850, Britain and the United States have sent military troops abroad more than 50 times to engage in democratic nation building but have left behind a lasting democracy in only 14 of those countries. However, even this low number overstates the weak case for nation building, because it includes instances in which a country (e.g., the Dominican Republic in the mid-1960s) probably would have become democratic even without outside military intervention.
|Other Independent Review articles by James L. Payne|
|Fall 2014||The Real Case against Activist Global Warming Policy|
|Fall 2012||The Trend of War in the World: Evidence from the Arab-Israeli Dispute|
|Spring 2009||Making the World Safe for Muddle: The Meaning of Democracy in American Foreign Policy|
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