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Month: May 2012

Middle East: Too Soon for Democracy?

An interview with Edward Stourton of the BBC 18 months after the outbreak of the Revolution (my interventions are at 1:46, 3:36, 5:58 and 25:43). Another link is here. Edward Stourton explores the prospects for post-revolution government, following the Arab Spring. Elections are being held, but can voters be sure autocratic rule is in the past? Contributors, in order of appearance: Aref Ali Nayed, Islamic theologian and Libyan ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Khaled Fahmy, professor of history at the American University in Cairo. Marina Ottaway, senior associate of the Middle East programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International…

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Between a rock and a hard place: comments on the results of the first round of the presidential elections, 2012

An interview with Julian Worricker, Kate Adie and Baria Alamuddin on the BBC’s World Today program discussing the results of the first round of the presidential elections in May 2012. At issue is the fear of the impact of a Muslim Brotherhood’s victory on women’s rights; role of Saudi Arabia in the Egyptian political system and the larger question of the role of political Islam in Egypt. (at 36:50)

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