Posts Tagged democracy
With daily reports of bloodshed, veteran international negotiator Lakhdar Brahimi wonders aloud what will happen in Syria. Speaking to Arabic Knowledge@Wharton, Brahimi says the country is headed towards a broader internal conflict.
“In Syria, we are moving dangerously in the direction of a civil war,” he says. “I hope people will stop just short of that. That’s why we need a lot of creativity from the Arab League. What does it mean to observe things and people are not protected? Whether we like it or not, we have to work on solutions. If not, there will be violence.”
He does not spare the Arab Spring movement either. Despite the elections that have transpired in Tunisia and Egypt, Brahimi says voting will not solve the problems that led to the movement in the first place.
“What will sustain the movement is building a definite democracy,” he says. “You need to maintain a stable situation where progress is being made. People need to feel better off materially, and also respected. They need the development of citizenship, equality, justice, and the rule of law. As far as I’m concerned, those things are more important than an election. It’s not just about elections. The Egyptians had elections. What you need is dignity and respect for human life.”
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Creative Commons’ Joi Ito on social media and the Arab Spring, Middle East innovation, and how traditional media can compete in the digital era
Technologist Joi Ito, CEO of Creative Commons and soon director of the MIT Media Lab, tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton the way social media was used in the Arab Spring was unprecedented. “This is I think the first time that it had such a strong and important impact on events,” he said. Innovation in the Middle East is happening, he notes, but it must be done with a community of people, rather than relying on artificial centers. Touching upon traditional media, Ito says the industry must learn to make its content viral. “Most of these papers won’t even put their full content online. But now the important thing is to stay relevant. Focusing on a viable business model is important, but if people cannot find you, you don’t exist.”
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A Beautiful Mind’s John Forbes Nash, Jr., and ‘Father of the Euro’ Robert Mundell weigh in on a common Gulf currency and the Arab Spring
John Forbes Nash, Jr., Nobel Prize winner and subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind,” tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton that there is no unified approach to supporting democracy efforts in the Middle East, while fellow Nobel Prize winner Robert Mundell says a common currency for the Arab Gulf nations is still a potent idea, and one that will eventually be instituted. “The zone is not just purely economical, it’s also social and defense as well,” he said.
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