Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

Youth in the Middle East

CIRS launched a multi-disciplinary research initiative in collaboration with Silatech to explore the ways in which youth manage and respond to various socio-economic and political constraints across the region. As many of the region’s youth are contending with the effects of social and economic exclusion, this project explores the ways in which youth manage and respond to various socio-economic and political constraints across the region, as well as the potentials of policy to support youth. Toward this end, attention is given to the diversity of youth and socio-economic and politics contexts across the region. Additionally, this research initiative examines the ways in which Middle Eastern youth collectively regenerate a new consciousness and forge novel methods of mobilization.

During the second half of the twentieth century, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) was hit by a demographic wave that saw its youth population grow at an unprecedented rate.  This youth bulge spurred national and international debate regarding the challenges and opportunities that the youth cohort brings to the region.  The potential that young people have – either as agents of positive change or instability – was illustrated during the uprisings of the Arab Spring.

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"Youth in the Middle East," CIRS Summary Report no. 15 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2016).

Muslim youth

Islam Hassan and Paul Dyer, guest eds., "The Muslim World: The State of Middle Eastern Youth," CIRS Special Issue of The Muslim World 107, no. 1 (January 2017).

  • Click here to read about the "Youth in the Middle East" Working Group Meeting I
  • Click here to read about the "Youth in the Middle East" Working Group Meeting II 

As part of its Research and Scholarship initiatives, CIRS organizes several ongoing Working Groups that convene in Doha to examine a variety of international issues. The primary purpose of CIRS research initiatives is to fill in existing research gaps, and to contribute towards furthering knowledge on the prevailing issues related to security, economic stability, and the political realm of the region. Each of these projects involves some of the most prominent scholars of the Middle East and the Gulf region. Each scholar participating will be working on a specific sub-topic, under the overarching subject.

Youth in the Middle East