My latest (and last!) paper for King's College London ("On Whether Democracy in the Middle East Will Bring Peace and Stability to the Region") is complete:
"A recurring intellectual and political theme regarding the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), which appears frequently and always has great popular appeal, is disarmingly simple: bring democracy to the region, and both peace and stability will follow. As the theory goes, peace and stability are a byproduct of democratic governments, democratic governments do not go to war against each other, and democratic governments create economic prosperity more evenly distributed than in autocratic systems. With thousands of years of conflict in the region and, until relatively recently, a distinct lack of democratic governance, the intent and appeal of such a theory is clearly visible. However, prior to assessing whether democracy would be beneficial to specific states or people in MENA, it is first important to assess democracy itself and how it would come to be."
Kyle R. Brady