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Since the United Nations Development Program began work on the Arab Human Development Reports in 2001, the situation in many Arab countries has gone from bad to worse.This is unfortunate, because finding a new shared vision for Arab people, especially Arab youth, is a prerequisite for ever achieving peace and prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa.Around the time of the first AHDR, the Arab world had reasons for optimism.After the Arab Spring, which began in December 2010 and gained momentum through 2011, the UNDP began the 2015 AHDR, which focused specifically on the plight of Arab youth. One finding from the 2015 report that I can speak to directly is the emergence in the Arab world of a "silent majority" with a more liberal mindset, especially among the young.The only route to large-scale change in the Arab world is to unleash innovation and creativity – and that demands an unbounded civil society.
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