Political and Social Trends
The Middle East continues to experience immense change. In the Gulf, evolving demographic, economic, and conditions are raising new questions about how governments relate to their citizens, to each other, and to the outside world. Leaders in the Maghreb face demand for reforms while grappling with security challenges which increasingly transcend national boundaries. A protracted conflict in Syria continues to generate spillover of instability into Iraq and the Levant, which face their own political and socioeconomic pressures. In many places, political actors disagree over the legitimacy of institutions, high unemployment and economic grievances persist, and old and new security threats distract from the routine challenges of governance. Across the region, as newly empowered political forces of all ideological stripes seek to hold governments accountable, the potential for additional unrest and transformation remain high.
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