The Arab World Must Invest In Its Greatest Asset – Young People

As 2016 ends, the Arab world find itself witnessing battles in the ancient cities of Mosul and Aleppo, with uncertain futures for Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya – and those are just the countries with active armed conflicts. Other parts of the region face the challenges of economic stagnation or internal unrest. And still, we must be careful not to discount those bright spots of innovation, civic action and enlightened leadership in various fields, as embodied by many Arabs including Hanan AlHroub, who won the Global Teacher Prize this year and Huda Zoghbi who was awarded this year’s Breakthrough Award for her scientific and medical research. Individual marks of achievement struggle under the weight of political and economic challenges in the Arab world.

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