Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Weird Child of Democracy

[First Draft January 2006]

The Weird Child of Democracy

Ali-Asghar Kazemi

Abstract: Democratic process in the Middle East is paradoxically giving way to the resurgence of fundamentalism. Hamas victory in recent Palestinian elections, along with similar occurrences elsewhere in the region is witness of this drift. This trend is apt to upset the prevailing fragile order and political balance by further instigating the long conflicts and hostilities in the Middle East.
Keywords: Democratization, paradoxes of democracy, fundamentalist movements, Middle East, Palestinian elections, Hamas political victory, Peace process, Moslem Brotherhood.
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