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Realizing Youth Potential in the Mediterranean: Unlocking Opportunities, Overcoming Challenges


Beyond the narrow focus on security concerns dominating debates on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), there is a dire need for local perspectives on the many pressing socio-economic and political challenges impacting the “youth” and broader societies in the region. This volume brings together such perspectives offered by eight outstanding young scholars from the region on a broad range of issues: from political activism, to women’s empowerment, from environmental challenges to unemployment, all paying attention to youth-inclusiveness. Their accounts highlight the need for policies that are human-centric and not merely state-centric, and for going beyond reproducing “politics as usual”, and instead responding to the changing problems and aspirations of societies with their younger and older cohorts.

Revised version of papers presented at the New-Med conference entitled “Youth Potential in the Mediterranean. Unlocking Opportunities, Overcoming Challenges”, held in Rome on 7 May 2018 and organized by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Compagnia di San Paolo International Affairs Programme and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

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