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Arab youth opinion points to instability, reform risks

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Subject

Arab youth opinion.

Significance

Arab youth views Islamic State group (ISG), terrorism and unemployment as the top obstacles facing the Middle East today, according to a new survey released on April 12 by a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based PR firm, ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller. With the failure of regional governments to meet the aspirations of the region's large youth population contributing to the 2011 uprisings, the attitudes of today's youth expressed in the survey will shape the outlook for stabilisation, security and economic reform.

Impacts

  • Reconciliation between Riyadh and Tehran will be a fundamental first step to the region's stabilisation.
  • Concerns about unemployment and falling living standards will drive social unrest and recruitment to militant organisations.
  • Strong anti-US opinion will complicate Washington's engagement in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.
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