What Countries Do Not Have a Democracy?

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There are many countries that do not have a democracy and operate from a monarchy, socialist or communist government structure including the People’s Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Vatican City, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Cuba, North Korea, Bhutan, Qatar and Vietnam. In 2006, United States President George W. Bush announced that democracy promotion would be one of the central aims of U.S. foreign policy.

The U.S. continues to make the promotion of democracy one of its central goals. However, U.S. efforts have not succeeded in creating democracies in countries, such as Egypt and Lebanon, which remain non-democratic. The Clinton administration also attempted to promote democracy throughout the world in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo. However, that democracy also failed.

Still democracy is growing throughout the global world despite many U.S. presidents’ failed attempts at instilling it in other countries. Democracy was found traditionally only in wealthy countries, but it is now the most popular political system in the entire world. In 1900, there were only 10 countries that were democracies. Yet, by 1950, there were 30 democratic countries and, by 2005, 119 of the 190 countries in the world were democracies, leaving just 71 countries that were not democratic.