Jan. 12, 2011, 3:44 p.m.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has published a paper by Leslie Campbell on party-building in the Middle East. Campbell, who is senior associate and regional director for the Middle East at NDI, uses four case studies to describe past party-building achievements in the region.
The people of the Middle East are acutely aware of what the United Nations development program has termed a “democratic deficit,” and the pursuit of democratic norms and freedoms are increasingly part of public demands. Even where democratic practice is scarce, the language of debate is changing and meaningful progress is being made.