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The Whole World Is Watching

20 Feb 2011

Edward Sayre and Samantha Constant analyze how the youth bulge in the Middle East and associated pressures in the education and labor markets have triggered recent political events in the region and what governments must do to meet the economic challenges that remain and will remain even in the context of political reforms. This commentary was originally published in the National Journal on February 19, 2011.

Demographics of Arab Protests

14 Feb 2011

The Middle East is currently experiencing an unprecedented youth bulge, the effects of which are being felt in protests and demands for reform across the region. In a recent interview, Ragui Assaad discusses the region's unique demographic situation and ways to transform unrest into economic opportunity. The transcript of this interview was originally published by the Council of Foreign Relations on 14 February 2011.

Constructing “Life Histories” for Iranian Youth in Transition

30 Jun 2010

The Middle East Youth Initiative has released a new study that explores youth transitions in Iran in depth, exploiting longitudinal data to track youth preferences and outcomes as they move from the education system into the labor and marriage markets. Diana Greenwald interviewed coauthor Djavad Salehi-Isfahani to discuss some of the paper’s main findings.

Iran Sanctions: Who Really Wins?

30 Sep 2009
As Iran prepares to meet with the United States and five other international powers in Geneva, Djavad Salehi-Isfahani argues that, while the stakes are high, sanctions may still be the wrong choice. Existing sanctions have had no discernible effect on Iran's nuclear policy, and harsher sanctions may actually strengthen President Ahmadinejad's populist control of the economy.

Political and Economic Woes Thwart Return to Normalcy in Iran

30 Jul 2009
Djavad Salehi-Isfahani speaks to Kai Ryssdal on National Public Radio's "Marketplace" about the economic issues underpinning the ongoing political crisis in Iran. Salehi-Isfahani also spoke to “Marketplace” on June 24, 2009 from Tehran.

After the Iranian Uprising

29 Jun 2009
Looking past Iran's recent election crisis, growing trade and budget deficits will hamper Ahmadinejad's second term and his penchant for redistributionist policies, Djavad Salehi-Isfahani warns. While the administration will face pressure to continue expansionist policies, Salehi-Isfahani predicts that Iranians will pay the price through high inflation and low growth.
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The Many Crises of Iranian Youth

25 Jun 2009
With Iran at a political impasse, Navtej Dhillon and Daniel Egel write that the youth of Iran, who account for nearly 40 percent of the voting age population, have been profoundly disappointed by the promises of the Islamic Republic and are yearning for opportunities for economic advancement.

How the Economy Plays into Iran's Turmoil

24 Jun 2009
Djavad Salehi-Isfahani speaks from Tehran to Kai Ryssdal on National Public Radio's "Marketplace" about the economic issues underpinning the current political crisis in Iran.
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