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.