A generous write-up on my research
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From Brown’s press office:
Despite the universal appeal of democratic ideals, the legitimacy of any democratic regime ultimately rests on its ability to be responsive to the formative influence of context on the agency of individuals and groups, Banai said. Democracy in the end is a means of debating the terms of coexistence in society, not a utopian destination, an argument best exemplified in the case of the anti-authoritarian uprisings in Iran and throughout the Arab Middle East. “Genuine understanding of the potential pitfalls and triumphs brought about by democracy requires one to understand the concrete constellation of ideas, beliefs, traditions, and values within which it is located,” Banai wrote in his thesis.