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The Silent Arab Majority Must Speak Up

The UNDP's 2015 Arab Human Development Report points to a widely shared liberal mindset in the Arab world, especially among young people. As war and dysfunction sow greater disenchantment in the region, Arab youth yearn for political participation, emancipation from patriarchal hierarchies, and more space for individual creativity.

ALGIERS – Since the United Nations Development Program began work on the Arab Human Development Reports (AHDR) in 2001, the situation in many Arab countries has gone from bad to worse. In fact, today the region cannot even come together to publish a new report. This is unfortunate, because finding a new shared vision for Arab people, especially Arab youth, is a prerequisite for ever achieving peace and prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa.