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PacNet #13 – 2006 National Security Strategy: It’s All About Democracy

The 2006 National Security Strategy (NSS) document has just been released. News coverage has focused on one word: preemption.  Largely overlooked has been the much greater emphasis on the promotion of democracy as the primary objective of American foreign policy in the second George W. Bush administration. How far and fast China proceeds down the path toward democracy will have a major bearing on future relations between Washington and Beijing.