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Iran And Its National Debate On The Merits of Democracy

Fri, Jan 21, 2000

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WAMU American University Radio “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” / By Kojo Nnamdi

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Since the election of the reformist President Mohammed Khatemi in Iran two years ago, Iran’s conservatives have engaged in a heated political battle with an active reformist movement calling for democratic initiatives. Kojo and guests discuss Iran’s national debate on the merits of democracy.

Guests
Gelareh Asayesh: Author, “Saffron Sky: Life Between Iran and America”
Mahnaz Afkhami: Executive Director, Women’s Learning Partnership and Foundation for Iranian Studies; also former Iranian Minister of State for Women’s Affairs
Patrick Clawson: Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more

Quotables – Democracy

"Tuned to the law, Muslim societies are historically and structurally receptive to democracy's motto of 'government of law not of men' ". - Faith and Freedom

"Religious zeal makes democracy problematic because it turns every attempt at understand and compromise - the hallmarks of democracy - into an evidentiary test of religious righteousness." - Rights of Passage