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Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson is Dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University and Senior Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. He recently published “Politics in a Religious World: Toward a Religiously Informed U.S. Foreign Policy” (Continuum, 2011).

The Freedom Agenda as Foreign Policy: Lessons for the New Administration

Despite the election of a new president deeply critical of his predecessor, is wide agreement that democracy promotion will remain central to U.S. foreign policy. This essay considers the Bush Administration’s Freedom Agenda as foreign policy and answers the following questions: how should we understand the Freedom Agenda as a foreign policy, and what are the results of the implementation of this constellation of discrete policies?

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