The World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosted a panel discussion with Kenneth Wollack, President of the National Democratic Institute and Lorne Craner, President of the International Republican Institute on Thursday, May 17 as part of our continued community lectures on world affairs and current events. The panel discussion was moderated by Scott Carlberg, Principal, Talking Points LLC.

The Arab Spring: Prospects for Democracy panel discussion featured Ken Wollack and Lorne Craner, both of whom are leading experts on the development of democracy and political freedom worldwide.  They addressed the promotion of democracy by the U.S. government abroad and core principles and concepts underlying democratic institutions and good governance. In addition, Wollack and Craner examined the cause and impact of the Arab Spring on the Middle East, the upcoming Egyptian elections and the current U.S-Afghanistan relationship.  Part of the panel discussion also centered on how countries affected are working toward fostering peace, internal stability and social and economic development.

Arab Spring: Prospects for Democracy (May 17, 2012) from WAC Charlotte on Vimeo.