Democracy and MENA - Realistic? Reasonable?

20/09/2013 5:21 pm

Mother and child light a prayer candle in a church in the Middle East

As we approach the end of Advent, we turn our attention to the Middle East North Africa region.

Here you can listen to or download our latest Middle East Analysis podcast with regular studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian - the Bishops' MENA consultant.

It's exactly three years since a young street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire in Sizi Bouzid, Tunisia, sparking an uprising that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. 

In this podcast, Dr Hagopian looks at the shape of democracy in the MENA region in light of the uprisings of the last three years.

Is democracy a realistic or reasonable aim? Is it possible in the long-term?

Harry draws our attention to two words that encapsulate true democracy in this context - statehood and dignity.

Duration: 25m 29s


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You can listen to the podcast by using the player or link in the top right-hand corner of this article. You can also listen to a 2m 43s audioboo on Dr Hagopian's twin pillars for democracy - statehood and dignity.

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MEA 2013 - 15

In today's podcast Bishops' Consultant on the Middle East North Africa, Dr Harry Hagopian, looks at the shape of democracy in the MENA region.   MEA-2013-15.mp3 11.32 MB