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The Problem with Democracy: The Quest for Individual Rights in the Middle East

Other - Lecture/Discussion

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Dana Commons
Higgins Lounge

Since George W. Bush invaded Iraq, many Americans have scoffed at the notion of the United States spreading democracy in the Middle East. The region and its people, they argue, are not interested in  nor ready for  western-style democracy. Yet over the last four years popular uprisings  from Irans Green Revolution to Egypts repeated Tahrir Square protests  have centered on popular demands for individual rights, transparency and accountable government. Journalist David Rohde will discuss whether a fear of following in the footsteps of George W. Bush is causing liberal Americans to ignore popular movements in the region that they should be praising. Can the United States do more to understand and support these calls for basic rights?

Cost: free

Suggested Audiences: College, Adult


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