By Marlene Spoerri
The nonviolent overthrow of Balkan dictator Slobodan Milošević in October 2000 is well known as democracy merchandising at its most sensible. This perceived political luck has been used to justify an tasked with "exporting" democracy to nations like Belarus, Ukraine, Tunisia, and Egypt. but the real volume of the West's involvement in Milošević's overthrow remained uncertain in the past. Engineering Revolution makes use of declassified CIA records and private interviews with diplomats, reduction companies, and policymakers, in addition to millions of pages of inner NGO records, to discover what proponents give some thought to one of many maximum successes of the democracy advertising enterprise.
Through its in-depth exam of the 2 a long time that preceded and Milošević's unseating, in addition to its severe examine international suggestions concentrating on Serbia's afflicted political celebration panorama, Engineering Revolution upends the normal knowledge at the effectiveness of democracy merchandising in Serbia. Marlene Spoerri demonstrates that democracy took root in Serbia regardless of, no longer as a result of, Western intervention—in truth, overseas intervention usually harm instead of helped Serbia's tenuous transition to democracy. As Western governments recalibrate their agendas within the wake of the Arab Spring, this well timed ebook deals vital classes for the democracy promoting group because it units its points of interest at the heart East, former Soviet Union, and beyond.