Governance, Economics, and Development in the Middle East
Governments across the Middle East face a diverse set of challenges, but none are as central as addressing socioeconomic and governance issues which helped spark popular uprisings in early 2011 and which continue to generate debate and discord. Reducing high unemployment rates, particularly among young people and university graduates, remains a challenge across the region. Countries reliant on energy exports continue to search for paths to diversification, while energy-poor countries face the need to grow domestic markets and boost exports. Meanwhile, water scarcity is testing governments and poses a growing security challenge. The challenges of improving governance to bolster economic growth, broad-based development, and more inclusive systems are increasingly urgent in the Middle East. The CSIS Middle East Program analyzes strategies to improve governance, economics, and development with an eye toward the political dynamics that shape management and change.
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