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Middle East and North Africa

The Workforce Challenge to MENA Youth

The Middle East is experiencing a renewed wave of unrest, but what are the fundamental economic and social undercurrents driving people into the streets? Join us and our expert panel to discuss the intersecting challenges facing Middle Eastern youth: a growing youth bulge, chronic unemployment, outdated education models, impeded business growth, and the impacts of regional conflict.

About the Middle East and North Africa Workforce Development Initiative

The Middle East and North Africa Workforce Development Initiative (MENA-WDI) aims to assess both current and projected challenges facing the region in developing the workforce and the implications for peace and stability. Political and socioeconomic developments in the MENA region, particularly since the onset of the Arab uprisings in 2010, have heightened many challenges including sluggish economic growth, rising unemployment among a rapidly growing youth population, livelihood restrictions for refugees, and low workforce participation among women.

Russia in the Middle East: A Conversation with Major General (Res.) Amos Gilead

Russia’s entry into the Syrian civil war in 2015 marked a new stage in Russia’s increasing assertion of its military and political posture on the world stage. The Syrian intervention secured for Moscow greatly increased influence throughout the region, which came to a large degree at the expense of U.S. and Israeli interests.

25 Years since Cairo: Making ICPD25 Relevant to Young People

“The ICPD (International Conference on Population and Development) Programme of Action is a promise. A promise that was made 25 years ago to young people, the intention of which was to give young people hope—hope that their rights, their needs, and their demands would be met,” said Kobe Smith, Vice President of the Youth Advocacy Movement at International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region, at a recent Wilson Center event.

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