Former republican congressmen of Minnesota, Vin Weber is the president of the National Endowment for Democracy and vice-president of Empower America. He is a member of the board of directors of the German Marshall Fund co-president of the Aspen Institute.
The Bush administration is right to support democratization in the Arab world. The question is how to do it. If we push too hard, it could be thought we are imposing our will; if we fail to push hard enough, it could be thought we support freedom everywhere except in the Arab world. A balance must be found.
During these last months, we have co-chaired the Council on Foreign Relations commission called “In support of Arab Democracy: Why and How”. We concluded that instead of revolution, (...)