New publication ‘Democracy promotion and conflict-based reconstruction’ investigates US foreign policy and the American mission to establish liberal democracy around the world with particular reference to Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq

Friday 1 July 2011

Democracy promotion and conflict-based reconstruction: The United States and democratic consolidation in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq by Dr Matthew Alan Hill (Institute for the Study of the Americas) is published by Routledge on 1 July 2011.

In this book, Dr Hill investigates US foreign policy and tests the hypothesis that transition-inspired democracy promotion will successfully establish liberal democracy around the world, and thus fulfil the aims of the American mission and its application of the democratic peace. It features two detailed case studies exploring political liberalization in Bosnia and Afghanistan, and suggests that the conclusions are applicable to other cases by highlighting the US mission in Iraq.

Dr Hill critically examines US foreign policy in a theoretical and historical context, focusing on the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) democracy assistance. It demonstrates that if liberal democracy is the end-goal of USAID’s strategy then the theoretical and practical limitations of transition-inspired assistance will impede the attainment of this goal.

In examining US democracy promotion in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq during the Clinton and Bush administrations, the book concludes by considering its future during the Obama administration.

Dr Matthew Alan Hill is a postdoctoral research fellow in US politics and history at the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Democracy promotion and conflict-based reconstruction is published by Routledge as part of its Democratization Studies series.

Notes for editors

1. For further information and requests for interview with the author please contact Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at / +44(0) 20 7862 8670 / 07900 401 240. To view further particulars about the book please visit:

2. The Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) was founded in 2004 through the merger of the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Institute of United States Studies, both of which were established in 1965. ISA promotes, coordinates and provides a focus for research and postgraduate teaching in history and the social sciences on the Americas – Canada, the US, Latin America and the Caribbean – and plays a national and international role as a coordinating and information centre for all parts of the hemisphere at the postgraduate level in the universities of the UK. The Institute is a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. See:

3. The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute.