Don't forget Malaysia

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Dennis Sandole
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Don't forget Malaysia
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Author: Dennis Sandole
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Published Date: March 28, 2011

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

Arlington, Va. 

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