Saturday, January 28, 2006

World Economic Forum: Muslim societies in the modern world

The Annual Meetings of the World Economic Foru, in which chief executives of the world's richest corporations, some selected national political leaders, intellectuals and journalists discuss the world's most important global, regional and industry agendas, are underway in Davos Switzerland.

One of the topics discussed in the forum this year was "Muslim Societies in the Modern World", a session dedicated to a discussion of the problems forward-looking Muslim political leaders face when trying to speed up modernization in their countries. The panelists--Hajim Alhasani, President of the Iraq National Assembly; Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan; Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan and H.M. Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan-- offer their view points on what they see as the major hurdles on the way of reform in Muslim societies and also react to Hamas Victory in recent Palestinian Elections (I found Musharraf's take on Hamas, in particular, very insightful).

To watch this program or download the podcast click here.