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Fukuyama 's Liberalism Versus State-Building

Francis Fukuyama considers war and violence as an unavoidable inevitable and essential part in the process of state-building Essentially , Fukuyama agrees with Thomas Carothers in contending against Western governments-sponsored sequencing of development efforts in developing countries . Fukuyama is skeptical in the way that the United States and other Western governments support liberal autocrats . First they establish order , pursue a policy of economic development and then establish democracy . The author is right in questioning the level of influence of these Western countries over the autocrats in the

br developing countries . He even looked at several examples in history where authoritarian regimes gradually transitioned to a more democratic system without following the sequence of events described by Huntington and by Zakaria

One of the more interesting aspects of Fukuyama 's article , however , is his view of war and violence as they relate to state building . He also looked at several examples in history to illustrate his contention . The history of the Civil War of the United States where violence became the inevitable means of solving the conflict of the North and South over the issue of slavery . He contends that without violence and war , the outcome of the Civil War would have been different , accommodations and compromises could have been instituted and thus , the United States would have been a weaker state and would not have been able to save Europe from devastation in World War II

In his conclusion , Fukuyama describes the present situation of international politics...

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