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Podcast: "The Changing Mindset of Arab Youth from the Prism of Opinion Surveys" with Ishac Diwan

| November 19, 2014

An audio recording from Ishac Diwan, Distinguished Chair in Arab World Studies at Paris Sciences et Lettres, Visiting Researcher at Universite Dauphine and Paris School of Economics, and MEI Research Affiliate.

On November 19, 2014 at MEI, Professor Diwan presented his findings from analysis of the sixth wave of the World Values Survey, focusing on the Arab World and specifically on Arab Youth. He examined the attitudes and outlook of young people in the Arab World and compared their views on various social topics, including religion, tolerance, and even 'happiness' with those of previous generations. He also investigated the connections between socioeconomic factors like education and income on social views such as religious and ethnic tolerance, drawing some surprising and insightful conclusions. Professor Diwan is purusing this research as part of the UNDP Arab Human Development Report, forthcoming in 2015, which will focus on youth.

Listen to the full recording of the November 19, 2014 event here:

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About Ishac Diwan:

Ishac Diwan currently holds the “Chaire D’excellence Monde Arabe” at Paris Sciences et Lettres, and he is affiliated as a research visitor with Dauphine University and the Paris School of Economics. His current research interests focus on political economy issues in the Middle East, and include a focus on the study of crony capitalism, and of opinion surveys. Ishac is directing the Economic and Political Transformation program of the Economic Research Forum. He recently released a volume he edited, entitled Understanding the Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings, in July 2014. He is a research affiliate at Harvard University Middle East Initiative.

Ishac got his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. He taught international finance at the New York University’s Business School between 1984-87, before joining the World Bank in 1987, where he worked in the Research Complex (1987-92), the Middle East department (92-96), the World Bank Institute (96-2002). Ishac lived in Addis Abeba (2002-07) and Accra (2007-11), as the Bank’s Country Director for Ethiopia and Sudan, and then for Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, and Guinea. He taught at the Kennedy School between 2011 and 2013.

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For Academic Citation: Diwan, Ishac. “Podcast: "The Changing Mindset of Arab Youth from the Prism of Opinion Surveys" with Ishac Diwan.” News, , November 19, 2014.

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