Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


International Affairs

First Advisor

Dr. Gregory Young

Second Advisor

Dr. John Willis


Democratization theory and policy has been at the forefront of international political discussion since the end of the Cold War. Different Western nations have participated in “exporting democracy” or interventions and occupations to facilitate the proliferation of democracies around the world. Alternatively, democratizations have also occurred while under the influence of other international actors, such as neighboring authoritarian regimes. Comparing post-civil war democratization in Iraq with intervention by the democratic United States to another case of transition in Lebanon with occupying authoritarian Syria, this paper will expose which regime performed best at facilitating stability and ultimately democratization. While not attempting to make formal policy proposals, the goal of this paper is to challenge pre-existing ideas on what is the most realistic and effective way to spread democracy around the world.