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Ragui Assaad Talk Feb 19: Youth and the Transition to Adulthood in Egypt


Problem or Promise: Youth and the Transition to Adulthood in Egypt

Ragui Assaad, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

For a variety of reasons, Arab youth are increasingly being viewed as a problem, or even a threat, by international security experts as well as their own governments, instead of being seen as the foundation of the future prosperity and development of their societies. This presentation will examine the various dimensions of the transition to adulthood for Egyptian youth, including the processes of learn, seeking a livelihood, and forming families, with a view to assess how these processes have been shaped by demographic, economic and institutional factors. The main argument is that institutional changes have not kept up with the powerful forces of globalization, economic restructuring and demographic transformation, thus shifting much of the burden of adjustment on to young people.

Friday, February 19, 2010 - 12 Noon
531 Heller Hall (enter at 537 Heller)

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