Authoritarianism as a Driver of U.S. Foreign Policy: The Cases of Myanmar, Vietnam, and North Korea
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What is the significance of authoritarianism to U.S. foreign policy Promoting democracy is a key element of U.S. foreign policy, and Washington conventionally criticizes authoritarian regimes. At the same time, the United States traditionally praises authoritarian regimes that allow pluralism. But these attitudes may or may not correlate with improved foreign relations. To what extent is the softening of authoritarian rule responsible for improved foreign relations as opposed to other factors This thesis compares U.S. foreign relations with three authoritarian states Myanmar, Vietnam, and North Korea. The cases represent varying degrees of authoritarian rule and varying levels of cooperation with Washington. Findings from this thesis highlight the significance of authoritarian rule as a driver of U.S. foreign policy.
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