World Citizen: Arab Spring Economies Face Daunting Challenges

World Citizen: Arab Spring Economies Face Daunting Challenges

The governments that emerge in the aftermath of the uprisings in the Middle East will face a challenge as daunting as any faced by the men who ruled for decades before them: They must urgently improve living standards for the millions who now demand change -- and they must do it in the wake of unrest that has caused already-dismal economic conditions to worsen even more.

Despite the loud calls for democracy and freedom, the real engine of the Arab revolts has not been philosophical or political. Above all, the popular revolutions have been motivated by a pressing need for the kind of economic growth that makes a difference in the lives of everyday people, not just the powerful and well-connected.

The task is monumental.

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