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Iranian and Iraqi Democracy--Stuntz

In the many discussions of the pro-democracy protests in Iran, I’ve seen precious little about the relationship between that country’s democracy and democracy in its majority-Shiite neighbor: Iraq. The example of a democratic and not theocratic state on Iran’s borders may be destabilizing in precisely the ways the Bush Administration hoped – only the effect took hold more slowly than expected. If so, Bush should get some credit for this hopeful turn of events.

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