Us Led Democratization Efforts : An Example Of Empire Building

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US Led Democratization Efforts: an Example of Empire Building The responsibility to protect is an international political norm, endorsed by the United Nations. The responsibility to protect doctrine is based on three pillars that are laid out in the in the Outcome Document of the 2005 United Nations World Summit. The first pillar reaffirms that States carry the primary responsibility for ensuring that their citizens are protected from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. Secondly, the responsibility to protect doctrine places responsibility on the international community to assist other states in fulfilling their responsibility to protect their citizens. Finally, The Responsibility to Protect doctrine gives…show more content…
However, this monopoly is limited to a certain geographical area, and in fact this limitation to a particular area is one of the things that defines a state” (Weber, 2015, p. 136). Put simply, states are the only organization which can legitimately threaten, coerce or use force against citizens or the state. This definition of sovereignty is pretty incongruous with the responsibility to protect doctrine. While the United States has endorsed the responsibility to protect, it is not the usual justification provided to explain foreign policy, however, when looking at the US intervention we do see the same flexible idea of sovereignty. In this essay, I will argue that the process through which the United States engages in State building, is rooted in the empire building that the US underwent during its own state formation, following its independence as it expanded westwards. US led state formation projects that attempt to develop democratic institutions and stimulating economic development, can therefore be understood as a continuation of American imperial goals. Since the beginning of the War on Terror, the US has had its interests in nation building reinvigorated, under the guise of democratization. Nation building refers to the process through which, a collective of previously distinct people, with separate languages, histories, cultures, and religions are brought together, within a defined territory, by a state that
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