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Season 2007 Episode 0207

Political Reform Agenda in the Middle East

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Political Reform Agenda in the Middle East
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Is There Still a Political Reform Agenda in the Middle East? with discussants: Ghanim Al Najjar, Kuwait University; Khalid El-Hariry, Member of Parliament, Morocco; Amr Hamzawy, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Paul Salem, Director, Carnegie Middle East Center. Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Vice President for Studies-International Politics and Governance, moderates the discussion.In recent years the issue of political reform in the Arab world has been much discussed both in the region and the United States and a number of countries have taken at least some reform steps. Yet the rising conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine, as well as tensions between the United States and Iran, have recently overshadowed political reform debates. Given these developments, what is the state of the Arab political reform agenda and what can be expected in terms of political change in the region in the near future? What are the implications for U.S. efforts to promote regional reform? Four top political analysts from the region with expertise spanning all different parts of the Arab world participated in a lively, wide-ranging discussion on these questions, with active audience participation - Carnegie Endowment for International Peacemoreless
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