March 31st, 2006

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35 countries which America has intervened in since since 1945

Between World War II and the present, the United States intervened more than 35 times in developing countries around the world. But our research shows that in only one case: Colombia after the American decision in 1989 to engage in the war on drugs did a full-fledged, stable democracy with:



  1. limits on executive power,
  2. clear rules for the transition of power,
  3. universal adult suffrage, and
  4. competitive elections emerge within 10 years.


That's a success rate of less than 3 percent.--Why Gun-Barrel Democracy Doesn't Work

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