Tribulations of Two Emerging Democracies

Yew, Lee Kuan
June 2006
Forbes Asia;6/19/2006, Vol. 2 Issue 11, p14
The article looks at the political conditions in Iraq and Thailand. Iraqis have no experience in the politics of compromise, which is essential to democracy. Iraq is going through a difficult phase for any emerging democracy: learning the art of compromise in order to reach less-than-ideal solutions. Thailand is another emerging democracy in Asia. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his Thai Rak Thai party won an overwhelming electoral majority in early 2005. A discussion of the political problems in Thailand is provided.


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