International Reports

The Arab Youth and the Dawn of Democracy

The political upheavals which have been experienced by so many Arab nations over the past few months are due to the political mobilisation of large sections of the countries’ youth. In political terms this is hugely significant, as Egypt and Tunisia are not the only countries where over half the population is under 30 years of age. Most of the youthful demonstrators clearly came from the ranks of the middle classes, who had been suffering from the effects of the financial crisis.