Youth in the Middle East

CIRS Summary Reports No. 15, ISSN 2227-1686

28 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2016

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Islam Hassan

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Paul Dyer

Dubai School of Government

Hilary Silver

Brown University; George Washington University

Samar Farah

Columbia University

Edward A. Sayre

University of Southern Mississippi

Manata Hashemi

University of Oklahoma

Michael Robbins

Princeton University - Department of Political Science; University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Sherine El Taraboulsi

University of Oxford

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

While some of MENA’s recent macro-economic and political developments have created further obstacles for the region’s youth, young peoples’ responses to these constraints have differed remarkably. As such, the process by which we expand our understanding of young people should be informed by a wider perspective: the aspirations of youth and their senses of identity as well as the economic and political contexts that confront them. How individuals manage the challenges they face, and how youth mobilize collectively to deal with those overarching constraints faced in the region, are likely influenced by diverse factors related to their gendered, national, urban, tribal, cultural, and religious differences. To explore the underlying causes and consequences of these complexities, CIRS launched a multi-disciplinary research initiative in collaboration with Silatech, a Doha-based and youth-oriented social initiative organization. As many of the region’s youth are contending with the effects of social and economic exclusion, this research explores the ways in which youth manage and respond to various socioeconomic and political constraints across the region, as well as the potentials of policy to support various aspects of youth’s lives. Additionally, this research initiative examines the ways in which Middle Eastern youth collectively regenerate a new consciousness and forge novel methods of mobilization. The original research papers produced as part of this initiative will be published as a special issue of The Muslim World in 2017.

Keywords: Youth, Middle East, Arab, MENA

Suggested Citation

Hassan, Islam and Dyer, Paul and Silver, Hilary and Farah, Samar and Sayre, Edward A. and Hashemi, Manata and Robbins, Michael and El Taraboulsi, Sherine, Youth in the Middle East (2016). CIRS Summary Reports No. 15, ISSN 2227-1686, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2888414 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2888414

Islam Hassan (Contact Author)

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar ( email )

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Paul Dyer

Dubai School of Government ( email )

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Hilary Silver

Brown University ( email )

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Samar Farah

Columbia University ( email )

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Edward A. Sayre

University of Southern Mississippi ( email )

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Manata Hashemi

University of Oklahoma ( email )

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Michael Robbins

Princeton University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

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Sherine El Taraboulsi

University of Oxford ( email )

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United Kingdom

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