MENA Salon: Young and Restless in MENA

Workshop | March 22 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Algeria’s recent revolutionary developments have been spearheaded by youth protesters. Across the region, countries face serious challenges in the face of burgeoning young populations, and more importantly, their unmet political, socio-cultural and economic expectations. This youth demographic has become a social burden on the national economies of the region, especially when paired with increasing austerity measures and rising unemployment. In the past decade, the youth in the MENA region has emerged as both an agent of social change and a vulnerable demographic segment in the context of political unresponsiveness and economic volatility. In this week's Salon, we step back from keeping tabs on the ever-changing pulse of MENA countries to think more broadly about a demographic category, which cuts across every country in the region and shapes their respective futures.

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