AP Debate on Democracy to stream online from economic forum

Jan. 25, 2012
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Are the democratic institutions of the 20th century fit for the 21st?

This will be the focus of a debate among international leaders on Thursday, Jan. 26, hosted by The Associated Press, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, now underway in Davos, Switzerland.

You can view a webcast of the debate on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. ET (15:30 in Davos) – part of AP’s extensive, multiplatform coverage of the gathering for its customers worldwide.
The debate, moderated by AP Senior Managing Editor for U.S. News Mike Oreskes, will include Rep. David T. Dreier (R-Calif.); Rached Ghannoushi, cofounder, Ennahda Movement, Tunisia; Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan minister of foreign affairs; Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Brazil’s minister of external relations; and Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.

Participants gather during the first day of the 42nd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. The overarching theme of the meeting, which runs to Jan. 29, is "The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models." (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

John Daniszewski, AP’s senior managing editor for international news and photos, said: "After a year of startling political and financial upheaval -- the Arab Spring revolutions, debt problems toppling governments in Greece and Italy, popular stirrings in Russia and Myanmar, sharp political polarization in the U.S. and other Western countries -- questions are being raised about the role of democracy in this century. Are our systems of laws and institutions up to the challenges we face?”
Daniszewski added: "The AP Debate on Democracy at the World Economic Forum in Davos has brought together five distinguished panelists from around the globe to discuss and explore these issues vital to the world's stability and prosperity."

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