The Lincoln-Douglas resolution asks the question of whether or not the US should promote democracy in the Middle East.
This is a very complex resolution that really asks many different questions –
(a) Should the United States promoted democracy at all?
(b) Is any democracy promotion effective?
(c) How are questions A & B answered in the context of the Middle East?
(d) Is such promotion, even if it is effective, desirable? Desirable for who – the US, countries in the Middle East, people in the Middle East? There are many advantages and disadvantages.
This large number of questions is coupled with the fact that the Middle East is a very large geographic area.
This essay begins with a review of the key terms in the resolution, explains the background that gave rise to the topic, reviews arguments for and against the resolution, and offers some thoughts on some strategic arguments for both the Affirmative and the Negative.
They key terms in the resolution are “democracy promotion” and the Middle East.
“Democracy promotion” is potentially very broad and complex concept that is very importa