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Public Diplomacy and Democracy Promotion

October 22, 2010

At the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace blog Thomas Carothers has posted an article (plus two responses)  on the relationship between democracy promotion and development aid.  He points to a convergence between the two activities but also continuing tensions not least in the reluctance of development practitioners to discuss ‘politics’

I think this raises the question for me about the extent to which PD can operate simultaneously as part of the diplomatic process and as part of a democracy promotion activity.  It could be argued that in these two activities often undercut each other.

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