Bringing Democracy to Iraq

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photoIn the spring of 2003, the Bush administration sent Noah Feldman to give advice on the drafting of an Iraqi constitution and the country's fledgling democracy. Now, Feldman says, the U.S. must stay in Iraq until that democracy is real.

Feldman thinks democracy is not only just the best political arrangement for Iraq but the only option other than chaos. But, as Feldman presses for the U.S. to stay, the rumblings of a U.S. military pullout grow stronger in Washington as the January 2005 election nears.

Tune in to hear about what America owes Iraq, and the future of democracy, justice, and security in Iraq.


Noah Feldman, associate professor of law, New York University. In 2003, he was Senior Constitutional Adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. He is the author of "After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy." His new book is "What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building"

Jonathan Clarke, research fellow in foreign policy studies, Cato Institute and co-author of "America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order."

This program aired on November 23, 2004.


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