Iraq and the Mechanisms of Democracy

It's now just a matter of days before Iraqi citizens get to have their say at the polls. Are the Iraqi people ready? We discuss the preparations under way for parliamentary elections and the mechanisms of democracy: logistics, the electoral process, and especially security.

Guests:

James Glanz, foreign correspondent, The New York Times

Michael Rubin, political adviser to Paul Bremer, former civil administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-2004; resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.

Peter Erben, director, Out-of-Country Registration and Voting Programme at the Organization for Migration, overseeing Iraq's election

Jon Lee Anderson, writer, The New Yorker magazine; profiled Iraqi interim prime minister Iyad Allawi in Jan 24 & 31, 2005 issues; author, The Fall of Baghdad

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