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ON THE LINE: Democracy Analyzedi
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September 13, 2013
According to the United Nations, "Democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives." Yet, huge parts of the human population live without this universal value. And many who have it complain about being left out of the decision making process. As the United Nations observes September 15th as the “International Day of Democracy”, we talk about the state of democracy in today's world on this week's episode of "On the Line". GUEST Jeffrey England: Sr. Advisor for Middle East & North Africa, The National Democratic Institute

ON THE LINE: Democracy Analyzed

Published September 12, 2013

According to the United Nations, "Democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives." Yet, huge parts of the human population live without this universal value. And many who have it complain about being left out of the decision making process. As the United Nations observes September 15th as the “International Day of Democracy”, we talk about the state of democracy in today's world on this week's episode of "On the Line". GUEST Jeffrey England: Sr. Advisor for Middle East & North Africa, The National Democratic Institute

On the Line

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On the Line is a lively forum, hosted by Ayesha Tanzeem, where newsmakers, policy experts, diplomats, activists, academics and journalists discuss world events. It focuses on the critical issues shaping the future, and gives those issues the vigorous, serious debate they deserve. The program broadcasts worldwide on VOA Television, and is also heard on VOA radio. Condensed versions of the program can be heard in translation in over 40 languages via VOA radio's language services.

 
This Week's Program:

AFGHANISTAN  ELECTIONS
Afghanistan's Presidential vote is being hailed as a success, with seven million voters braving Taliban threats to go to the polls.  But Afghans say the true success of the election lies with the candidates accepting the final results.  Who will emerge as the next President and how will this election shape Kabul's relations with NATO and the United States?  That's next ON THE LINE.

GUESTS
Hamid Arsalan: Program Officer - Middle East and North Africa, National Endowment for Democracy
Ahmad Majidyar: Senior Research Associate - South Asia and Middle East, American Enterprise Institute