EVENT on "Islamist Parties and Democracy"
July 21, 2008 at the NED
The International Forum for Democratic Studies and the Journal of Democracy at the National Endowment for Democracy invite you to a discussion based on a symposium appearing in the July 2008 Journal of Democracy on Islamist Parties and Democracy
featuring Hillel Fradkin, Amr Hamzawy, Laith Kubba, and Tamara Cofman Wittes
moderated by Marc F. Plattner
followed by a reception celebrating the publication of the July 2008 issue of the Journal of Democracy and Freedom"s Unsteady March: America"s Role in Building Arab Democracy by Tamara Cofman Wittes
Monday, July 21, 2008
Discussion: 4:30-6:00 p.m., Reception: 6:00-7:30p.m.
National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F. Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C.
RSVP (acceptances only) with name and affiliation by Friday, July 18
by email to [email protected].
In response to the growing strength of Islamist parties, the longstanding debate surrounding Islam and democracy is increasingly shifting its focus from theoretical issues to more immediate policy concerns. In the forthcoming July 2008 Journal of Democracy, a number of distinguished Middle East experts have written short essays offering their views of these parties. While no clear consensus emerges from these essays, they highlight the key points of controversy in assessing the implications of the rise of Islamist parties for the future of democracy in the region. The panel features four of the contributors to this Journal of Democracy symposium.