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Christopher Hill writes: What America doesn't understand about Democracy

Christopher Hill writes:  What America doesn't understand about Democracy

"Itís not easy for a country to embrace the chaos of democracy. Itís especially not easy because people who try to introduce democratic reforms are often people who have to bear the responsibilities but also the consequences when sometimes things donít go well." Christopher R. Hill, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon.

Christopher Hill writes: What America doesn't understand about Democracy

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What the World Needs Now Is . . . Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice contemplates the state of the world ó past, present and future.

Interviews by HELENE COOPER and SCOTT L. MALCOMSON

Published: November 13, 2008

[Excerpt]

WHAT AMERICA DOESNíT UNDERSTAND ABOUT DEMOCRACY.

Itís not easy for a country to embrace the chaos of democracy. Itís especially not easy because people who try to introduce democratic reforms are often people who have to bear the responsibilities but also the consequences when sometimes things donít go well.

So one should be careful about giving advice and not having to deal with the consequences of that advice. . . .

I have no doubt that democracy is the best form of government. Iím very optimistic that it is one whose reach is increasing throughout the world. I would just urge all Americans to understand how our advice is taken. And to be careful how we offer advice.

For many people in the world, they look at America, and they see an enormous country with an extraordinary amount of power. Pure power. And so they feel that asymmetry immediately as soon as they meet us. So we have to understand how people look at us sometimes. So advice coming from a country with enormous power can be taken wrongly.




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