* Sara Al Mulla, an Emirati civil servant, has given several policy proposals to improve the youth's situation in the Middle East. With the MENA region being home to one of the youngest populations in the planet, it is important to "leverage this human capital". She states that the main issues in the region are the low levels of educational attainment, the high rates of youth unemployment and a great gender disparity. She is in favor of robust economic and social policies to combat these issues. She has proposed to start by gaining more in-depth knowledge of the situation of the youth by conducting various surveys, believing that they can offer additional insight to policymakers in the region.
* Iraq is to hold elections on October 10th, following protests dating back to October 2019. However, many young activists, notably in the town of Nasiriyah, choose to boycott these elections, claiming corruption within the country will prevent the elections from being fair. Over the past years, the Iraqi youth has protested against the corruption of the state, its inefficiency and the great influence they believe Iran has been exerting over the country.
* The Tunisian association "Tafkir Thaqafi” has developed an initiative called the "expression platform", and it has gained popularity in the country. This social initiative was launched through social media such as Facebook or YouTube and its main objective is to raise awareness around the issues of youth unemployment in the country. This platform allows the youth from more disadvantaged regions to express their aspirations as well as their apprehensions, which the founders of the initiative will communicate to policymakers. This platform is meant to build a bridge between the people and decision makers. This is especially important considering that the unemployment rate in Tunisia reached 17.9% during the second quarter of 2021 according to the National Institute of Statistics.
* King Mohammed VI of Morocco unveiled his new government on Friday. This administration is composed of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), following their victory in the last elections. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) has fallen out of favor following decisions such as the normalization of ties with Israel. This cabinet consists of 24 members, with 7 women, a record high, representing a wave of modernization. However, Nasser Bourita, who serves as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has retained his position. This takes place amid rising tensions with neighboring Algeria, who has recently cut diplomatic ties with the Kingdom over "hostile actions".
* Several demonstrations took place Wednesday in Beirut, with many Lebanese people protesting the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian. These protests were supported by the Lebanese Forces Party, the National Liberal party as well as the Guardians of the Cedar, who all strongly condemn Iran's influence through Hezbollah. Hezbollah, however, has denied these claims. These protests occur within greater context of tensions and economic decline in the country.