In the conditions of today's world, countries that are in a bad way as regards some aspects of their governance may benefit from agreeing to shar portions of their sovereignty with external actors.
The United Nations did superb work in helping Mozambique to end its long-festering civil war and start down the path to recovery, but those gains could slip away amid ominous conditions of partisan polarization, excessive political centralization, and a winner-takes-everything electoral system.
Although the OAS helped, sudden public revelations of corruption in Peru were more important.
In Peru in 2000, the OAS made an unprecedented diplomatic intervention in a member state. Could this be a model for the future?
The evidence clearly points to the growing incorporation into international law of the right to democratic governance.
The promotion of democracy in Africa has become the dominant theme of South Africa's foreign policy. Yet the dilemmas this policy has confronted in practice have forced the government to alter its approach.
Nowhere else has the impact of international factors on democratization been as apparent as in Central and Eastern Europe. Integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures is one particularly strong democratizing force.