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Democracy and Peace-Building

Jane Boulden argues that, implicitly or explicitly, democratization has long been an element in the foreign policies of Western states; further, in the post-Cold War era it has become integral to peace agreements and post-conflict peace building. She argues that this development has implications for national and international policy, as well as for academic thinking. Boulden suggests there are two schools of thinking regarding democracy and peace-building: ideas promoted by the United Nations, and those promoted by academics and policy-makers. She examines both of these schools of thought, using the situation in Iraq as a backdrop.