The Arab world has over 350 million people and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf. Unified by a common Arabic culture and history, these 25 countries are at varying levels of economic and political development.
But there seems to be a set of demographic issues that apply to many — if not all — of the nations in the Arab world. We take a deeper look at high birth rates and gender inequality and then compare them to other regions of the world.
Martin Savidge hosts Magda Abu-Fadil and Bernard Haykel to discuss these issues:
- Youth bulge: jobs for young people, emigration, political instability
- Gender gap: young women, variation across Arab states, political power
- Big picture: comparisons to other regions, replacement level, demographic transition
Magda Abu-Fadil is director of the Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and has years of experience as a foreign correspondent and editor with international news organizations such as Agence France-Presse and United Press International.
Bernard Haykel is a professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, where his research interests include contemporary politics, Arabian history and Islamic fundamentalism.
Host: Martin Savidge
Producer: Ben Piven
Associate Producer: Mohammad Al-Kassim