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After the War: Democracy? « Previous | |Next »
March 25, 2003

There has been lots of talk about the US, as the representative of the liberal enlightenment, bringing democracy to the Middle East through war as part of the general transformation of the region.

I am deeply sceptical of the neo-con Bush Adminstration on this aspect of its Middle East geo-political strategy, and I suspect that little democratisation will happen for many years. There will be slow progress towards liberal democracy just enough to stave off discontent of the Arab street and to keep the current authoritarian/despotic regimes afloat. This pathway will be taken to avoid chaos.

Here is a Round table discussion of the prospects of democracy in this region by scholars working in the field.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:04 AM | | Comments (0)