Iran: Theocracy and Democracy

WAMU American University Radio “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” / By Kojo Nnamdi / Listen
As Iraq’s Shiite Muslims emerge from Saddam’s shadow, we go inside neighboring Iran to examine a government they may emulate – one that adds a splash of democracy to a religious theocracy. Afkhami says that in Iran elections include pre-selected candidates, chosen according to values in line with theocratic arrangements.

Iran And Its National Debate On The Merits of Democracy

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

Iran: Leadership

NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday” / By Ted Clark / Listen
NPR reports on the power struggle now going on in Iran between those who want to maintain hardline fundamental policies and those who want democratic reform. “It is not a minor squabble… it is a deep search for a change that will bring democratic processes… It will affect the whole region,” Afkhami says.

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