Future Middle East: Secular Democracies or Fundamentalist Theocracies?
London, UK - 6th March 2011, 20:30 GMT
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Which pre-conditions exist for the evolution of secular democracies in the Middle East as opposed to fundamentalist theocracies like Iran? Is Egypt a likely candidate to set an example for the rest?
Secular Democracy or Fundamentalist Theocracy?
We now have three different examples:
Other templates are brewing:
8. Saudi Arabia
The older template is crystallised:
11. Iran post 1979
If everything goes the way of Tunisia and Egypt, less problems? If everything goes the way of Libya, chaos? What happens if the Middle-East revolutions copy Iran post 1979?
This is the crux. If we end up with more Irans post 1979 we have a serious global crisis. If we end up with more peaceful non-violent revolutions that slowly metamorphose towards democracy, there is really no issue, other than a welcome change. Do you agree that Egypt is a key marker in the sand? What of Saudi Arabia?
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