What America can learn from Big Tobacco about democratizing the Middle East

Joseph Braude in The New Republic:

When it comes to fomenting non-violent change in the Arab world, where is America’s legendary ingenuity and know-how? You’re not going to like the answer. The Americans who have been most effective at promoting their agenda in Middle Eastern societies, by any objective measure of success, are neither Washington wonks nor overseas diplomats. They are the owners of big tobacco companies.

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