On Thursday afternoon, I’ll be chairing a session with former Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister and current Leader of the Opposition in the Malaysian Parliament Anwar Ibrahim, someone I greatly admire for his ongoing temerity in staring down thugs in his own government.
We will be discussing democracy in the Islamic World — and joining us will also be public opinion experts Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland and Brookings Saban Center and George Washington University’s Nathan Brown.
This should be an interesting session — in part because I am skeptical that democracy per se is a natural equilibrium point for much of the Islamic world, but I have an open mind and want to hear what Ibrahim, Brown and Telhami have to say.
We’ll be running the session live here at The Washington Note on Thursday at 5 pm EST. For those of you who want to attend in DC, there is no charge but you must register here.
— Steve Clemons