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Cairo native Ragui Assaad comments on the Egyptian revolt against the regime

4 Feb 2011

Ragui Assaad discussed recent unrest in Egypt and the combination of economic and political exclusion fueling the youth protests. This article was originally published by The Examiner and is reposted here. The views expressed in this article are those of the published author.



High Food Prices and Unemployment Fuel Uprisings in the Middle East

4 Feb 2011

Tarik Yousef discusses the impact of rising food prices and economic challenges on youth frustrations in the Middle East, and the potential for these issues to fuel further protests throughout the region. This audio show originally aired on The Takeaway and is reposted here. The views expressed in this piece are those of the published author.



The Youth Unemployment Bomb

2 Feb 2011

Djavad Salehi Isfahani comments on the challenges youth face as they confront new economic realities and challenges: higher education does not guarantee employment. This article was originally published in Business Week and is reposted here. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the published author.



Empty Pockets Stoked Discontent in Egypt, Tunisia

1 Feb 2011

Tarik Yousef discusses how Egypt and other Arab states' preoccupation with security issues over the last decade drove the debate about economics and politics 'out of the halls of government and into the streets.' This story originally aired on NPR's All Things Considered and is reposted here. The views expressed in this story are those of the published author.



Behind the turmoil in Egypt: Angry young people who expected more

31 Jan 2011

Ragui Assaad discusses the frustrations of youth in Arab states. This article was originally printed in the Minnesota Post and is reposted here. The views expressed in this article are those of the published author.



How Will Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution Affect the Arab World?

24 Jan 2011
Ragui Assaad reflects on what the recent historic events in Tunisia mean for youth in Tunisia, Egypt and the rest of the Arab world. This commentary was originally published by the Brookings Institution here.


Tunisia's Dangerous Jobs Shortage

20 Jan 2011

Tarik Yousef discusses soaring youth unemployment in Tunisia. This article was originally published in BusinessWeek and is reposted here. The views expressed in this article are those of the published author.



Bleak Jobs Picture in the Middle East

7 Jan 2011

Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, founder of the Middle East Youth Initiative, comments on the 'serious threat' of rising youth unemployment in the Middle East. This article was originally published by CNBC and is reposted here. The views expressed in this article are those of the published author.



Timely Action by the G-20 Can Help Middle Eastern Countries Help Themselves

11 Nov 2010

Edward Sayre explores the challenges and expectations for the G-20 Seoul Summit as they relate to the Middle East in his article entitled “Timely Action by the G-20 Can Help Middle Eastern Countries Help Themselves,” part of a new report from the Brookings Global Economy and Development program.



Djavad Salehi-Isfahani Authors New Paper on Iranian Youth in Times of Economic Crisis

8 Oct 2010

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, MEYI nonresident senior fellow, has authored a new paper entitled “Iranian Youth in Times of Economic Crisis” (2010) as part of the Dubai Initiative Working Paper Series. Using survey data for 2007 and 2008, Salehi-Isfahani reviews the evidence on youth transitions in Iran to show how the recent economic crisis has affected youth transitions to employment and to marriage. He also shows how transitions differ by family background and by region of residence – rural and urban.

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