With the current focus on democratic protest movements in
the Middle East, it’s worth noting that since the 1970s, more than 70 nations
around the world have moved from dictatorship to democracy. Why the historical wave? This week on the Campbell Conversations,
University of San Francisco professor Stephen Zunes argues that it’s largely
due to strategic non-violent movements.
Zunes also specializes in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and there he
argues that the U.S. enables Israeli policies that give it little incentive to
compromise, making the peace process difficult.
He also asserts that anti-American extremism is generated not so much because of our democratic values, but
when we stray from those values.