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Explain whether you believe that democracy has worked in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq and Afghanistan are on the whole demonstrating that democracy truly is no guardian angel, yet rather an icon. Democracy is an value of the will of the general population, however in the event that the will of the general population has not been changed by the Gospel, at that point you are never going to get a peaceful and free country out of the procedure. Democracy can just ever work appropriately in countries where the salt and light of Christianity has done its changing work(Hussain, 2010). Iraq, of the considerable number of nations, has had democracy for the longest period, yet in the event that the objective was to deliver a free and peaceful society; the objective has so far beensadlyoverlooked. Violence and Protests have proceeded since democracy was set up, as well as have really escalated in the previous couple of years as the hostility between the minority Sunnis and the ruling Shias proceeds unabated. Around 2013, more than 1,000 individuals were killed in what was the deadliest month since the 2006-2007 “civil war”.

Discuss the progress Iran is making in their attempt to implement a democratic election process. Next, speculate on two (2) challenges you believe Iran will face in accomplishing this task.

Led by liberal drafters of Iraq assigned by the Iraqi Governing Council, work to institutionalize democracy is nearing completion on a Transitional Administrative Law that will structure government and secure rights from the transfer of power to the seating of a fairly democratically elected government under the newly drafter constitution(Muravchik, 2009). With its arrangements for civil liberties,devolution of power, due process, separation of powers, civilian controlof the military, and different governancechecks and balances, this Iraqi transitional law will be the most liberal fundamental administration document in the Arab world.

Civil societiesarerising. With assistance and training from USAID’s office of Transition Initiatives, the National Endowment for Democracy, and other global contributors, associations of women, professionals,students, human rights activists, civic educators, and journalists, alongside independent research organizations and centers of thought, are building associations,holding conferences, creatingprograms, and making the grant proposals that will empower them to work for democracy on a substantially bigger scale(Hussain, 2010). In one private university, a group of eight interpreters worked hard translating works on democracy to Arabic from English.


Hussain, A. I. (2010). Afghanistan, Iraq and post-conflict governance: Damoclean democracy? Leiden [Netherlands: Brill.

Muravchik, J. (2009). The next founders: Voices of democracy in the Middle East. New York: Encounter Books.

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