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Democracy Myths and Realities

I often find Foreign Policy's "Think Again" feature to be kind of heavy of straw men and condescension, but I've been known to learn a thing or to from it. Thus, the current edition from Marina Ottaway and Thomas Carothers may teach you a thing or two about democratic reform in the Arab world. Real junkies should be reading Carnegie's regularly published Arab reform bulletin, in which case you'll know all this already.

Hat tip: Patrick Belton.

December 14, 2004 | Permalink


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It is always a great read in FP -

Posted by: Gavin | Dec 14, 2004 2:13:13 PM

Perhaps Islamist parties can be housebroken through democratic processes, but what I fear happening is something like Iran in 1979 when Shahpour Bakhtiar was swept aside like Alexander Kerensky, or Algeria in the early '90s when the military government suspended elections because it looked like the FIS (French acronym for Islamic Salvation Front) was going to win. So there we are--damned if we do, damned if we don't.

Posted by: Armadillo | Dec 14, 2004 3:46:26 PM

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