Ph.D, Department of Politics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1979
B.A, Department of Economics, Temple University, (Cum Laude) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1967, Certificate Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, in German Federal Republic of Germany, 1977
John Hughes's refreshing March 7 column ("Arab uprisings will test Obama's duty to freedom") reminds us that "Indonesia and Turkey are significant symbols for the Muslim world of the compatibility of democracy and Islam." He neglects to mention another anomaly to the stereotype that Islam and democracy are incompatible: Malaysia.
With its impressive economic growth, interreligious harmony, and record on terrorism, Malaysia is a compelling example of how to proceed after decades of oppressive autocracy. Arab architects of governance should consider it.
Dennis J.D. Sandole
Professor of conflict resolution and international relations
George Mason University
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