American democratic structures? Other countries say, no thanks!

    What are pro-democracy groups?

    For the United States, they are, as the term says, groups promoting democracy around the world. But do all countries share the same view?

    Robert Merry, The National Interest editor and author of several books on American history and foreign policy, said “hardly” anyone seems interested in the anti-American anger following U.S.-financed nongovernmental organizations’ activities in countries such as, say, Egypt. The general view is these NGOs are merely doing “what comes naturally to those who believe American democratic structures represent universal values.”

    But, Merry asks, how would the United States feel if China, Russia or maybe the United Arab Emirates started sending “NGOs” of a similar nature carrying millions of dollars to “influence” American politics or upend America’s very system of government?

    A reversal of position would surely generate the same reaction.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.