Throughout history, mankind has often ventured to spread its faith to the non-believers of the

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Throughout history, mankind has often ventured to spread its faith to the non-believers of the world. In the modern world, religion has been replaced by democracy, liberalism and capitalism and the United States as “the leader of the free world” has taken it upon herself to convert the rest of the world. Historically, the United States has preferred to operate in isolation, only getting involved in North and South American affairs. This paradigm shifted after World War II, when the United Stated ascended to the status of a global superpower and hegemon. In the Cold War bipolar international system, there was an reflexive response of military force, diplomatic sanctions and economic strangulation to every perceived threat in order to…show more content…
(Kane, 2012) Thus, promoting democracy is equated to promoting a more peaceful world, according to this trend in international relations. This is usually referred to as the liberalism school of international relations, which posits that the spread of liberal democracies will lead to a more peaceful global world. It is generally assumed in the mainstream literature that liberal democracies tend to value and stress individual liberties, rule by the consent of the populace and free trade amongst nations. This is the theoretical justification underpinning the rationale behind the spread of democratic ideals; the ultimate goal being universal peace as imagined by Immanuel Kant. The United States has long been a champion of promoting democracy to the world. Since the end of the Cold War, democracy promotion has ascended to the forefront of United States foreign policy objectives. To give a basic definition of democracy, I will refer to the definition of Freedom House, which essentially says democracies must allow all its citizens the right to vote, run for office, join political parties and also provide basic civil liberties such freedom of expression, rule of law and freedom to assemble. (Freedom House) These are in essence the minimum requirements needed to pronounce a country democratic. There are many justifications that are given concerning the benefits of spreading
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