This year, next year, sometime, never?

Darwish, Adel; Lancaster, Pat
May 2004
Middle East;May2004, Issue 345, p14
The sentiments expressed could hardly have been more worthy but just how much difference the Fourth Qatari Conference on Democracy and Free Trade will actually achieve is less certain. There can be no doubt of the conviction of the Emir, that democracy is the way forward and that the time to execute change is now. At the opening ceremony Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani stressed that political settlement of the Middle East's problems and reform in the region "are not two options from which we have to chose, but two priorities that we have to work for diligently and honestly."


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