The U.S. Overestimates Its Power to Promote Democracy or Enable Authoritarians

Instead of Meddling in Other People’s Governments, Americans Should Work on Their Own Democracy, and Its Credibility

The United States has neither the credibility to effectively promote democracy abroad nor the power to impose its will in favor of or against authoritarian regimes.  Those twinned arguments were among the wide-ranging claims made at a Zócalo/UCLA Downtown event titled “Is America Enabling Autocrats to Run the World?”  Before a full auditorium at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown Los Angeles, a panel of two journalists with deep global expertise and two scholars of international relations examined whether President Trump, and previous American governments, have …