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How to Protect Liberal Democracy

U.S. interests neither totally agree nor totally conflict with those of other states.

  • Paul R. Pillar
  • The National Interest

The acquisition of power, through the ballot box, in a democracy by political forces that undermine that very democracy—by surreptitiously channeling the influence of a foreign state or by using authoritarian tactics to retain power—is the stuff of thriller fiction.

It is grist for stories like The Manchurian Candidate .

In a democracy such as the United States, such scenarios present political quandaries for some of the same reasons that they offer captivating material for writers of fiction.

The security services…

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