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Democracy, Power Politics and the New Middle East

Thu, Jan 6, 2011, 8:15pm

Ian Bremmer with Adam Davidson, moderator

Delve into the shifting tectonic plates of Middle East politics, Iran’s embattled regime and its nuclear ambitions, Iraq’s fledgling democracy, new realities for Persian Gulf monarchies and the longer-term challenges facing Israelis and Palestinians.


8 Responses to “Democracy, Power Politics and the New Middle East”

  • 'at a turk! says:

    do you think its only dictators & jihadists who say islam & democracy cant mix,&that the masses in middle-east?
    want the same freedoms and democracy that we in the west & elsewhere enjoy?
    for our own security as well as the well-being of all the people in the middle-east [including its discriminated-against religious and other minorities] should western and other global powers be doing everything they possibly can to facilitate the transition of the various types of dictatorships in the middle-east into functioning democracies?

    i see no reason to prop up any of these regional tyranies anymore, nor let them [in their efforts to cling on to power] try to con the west into accepting that the middle-east is a special case, and needs to be treated differently to everyone else, including [of course] letting them trample on peoples humans rights and discriminate and subjugate various minorities.

    dont you agree that western countries need to take a bigger view than just economics and petty politics, and in the interest of their own security, help the middle-east to grow into a more prosperous and freedom-loving culture, that respects everybody’s rights?

  • Joes Mama says:

    politics should never mix religion

    theocracies suck
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  • UreLipsAreMoving says:

    Read the Quran and when you have done so, tell me where in all its writings, there is a single mention of democracy or the principles of democracy.

    Islam is a dictatorial ideology. Even the prophet Mohammed would have to agree with that. The only way democracy will ever work in islamic countries is if you can completely separate the state from the religion and the only Islamic country to have come close to this is Turkey. Ironically through the work of Mostapha Kemel Ataturk, in many ways a dictator in his own country, but at least a benevolent one.

    The ‘masses’ as you call them want to be able to get on with their lives and enjoy our rights and privileges, but will never be able to do so while they embrace Islam. Its one or the other I’m afraid.
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    My opinion.

  • Crow says:

    The attitude of MOST young Muslims that come to Britain tells me that Islam is not for the educated among them. I suspect that, as you say, the majority of Islamic people would rather be getting along with the rest of the world than living in an oppressive hate fuelled and violent Hell. I personally think that the most effective thing that the west can do, is to close its borders to Islamic immigration completely and build on their own country’s. Let Islamic people travel on holiday to non Islamic country’s and make a judgement through comparison on their own way of life. let them put their own country’s in order. As things stand, we, in the west, seem to be dropping our standards and sacrificing our own future to accommodate theirs……never a good move.
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  • The Circus Bearded Lady says:

    It’s like trying to square a circle. Kemal Ataturk tried it, but it will only last for a short time and we are seeing Turkey slide slowly but inevitably into an Islamic state. As long as their population are muslim, they will seek to implement a theocratic system, or at least, use theocracy to justify dictatorship.
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  • mitzie says:

    I despair when i read that politics and religion should not mix,they are the same thing,all of the leaders of the islamic world and the west use religion for their own purposes,and have murdered in the name of their religion and only obey what they want to,the muslims distort the koran to suit their own purposes.
    I am british or i was i do not believe we british exist now as the foreigners have taken over this country,by the devious device of using the race laws made by our brainless governments of all colours,instesd of protecting us from these invaders they have played into their hands,so i personally will not rely on the authorities or the police to protect me from these incomers,we do no longer have any say in the running of this country,perhaps the answer is for all the white brits to emigrate to sunnier climes and leave this island to the foreigners and the royalty,mind you if we did that this country would look like some backward country in africa or asia in less than a year.
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  • L says:

    Where are our freedoms and democracy in the West, when our elected politicians are run by the central banks and global capitalists. Much of the reason for the conflict in the Middle East is because those countries won’t sell their independence, traditions and religions out to global capitalism.
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  • Sparky says:

    Nothing to do with us.. we can’t tell/ dictate what over countries should do, not even force is reasonable.

    All we can do is move on in the world until they look like cavemen because of their backward ways.
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