* A survey report titled “Perceptions and Trajectories of Youth in Baghdad, Basra, and Mosul after the 2014 Conflict with ISIS” seeks to understand how Iraqi youth’s political views, political participation, civic engagement, and peacebuilding efforts have been affected by the conflict, and their understanding of key concepts and values such as citizenship, social justice, and peace. It also examines how youth managed to carve out opportunities for livelihood and strategies for survival and wellbeing in such a critical conflict/ post-conflict context. Farah Al Shami, researcher and author of the report indicated that “this study fills an important knowledge gap on the economic, social, and political trajectories of youth in conflict-afflicted Iraq. It looks to help policymakers and Iraqi observers better understand the lived realities, aspirations, and ambitions of Iraq’s youth. The need to understand youth and their realities and aspirations is essential today for protecting the country’s social cohesion, as Iraq’s politicians take the country to the brink again.”
* Middle East Eye reported that young Jordanians are becoming increasingly frustrated with what they see as limits being placed on the country's democracy, and the targeting and harassment of political party activists. Dozens of Jordanians protested in front of the headquarters of the Independent Election Commission, accusing the state of taking actions "to silence mouths, restrict freedoms and exclude young people from participating in political environment".
* In Jordan, the Independent Election Commission and the Jerusalem Center for Political Studies, in cooperation with the German Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung, organized a graduation ceremony for 110 young men and women, from 28 existing and “under construction” political parties, who completed a series of training workshops to prepare youth party leaders. In his speech, the chairman of the IEC, Mousa Al-Maaytah, pointed out the importance of the youth’s role during the next stage in leading political parties by expanding the membership base for youth. He stressed that the current stage represents a historic opportunity for young people to bring about change and play a positive role, as training programs constitute an opportunity for young people to develop their capabilities and their roles within the parties.
* Egyptian Parliamentarian Khaled Badawy, a member of the Coordination’s Committee of Party’s Youth Leaders and Politicians, expressed the Coordination's hopes that the national dialogue would emerge in a manner befitting the youth of Egypt. Badawy said that the Coordination will provide an opportunity to participate in the national dialogue by presenting its strategy and some visions. A member of the Coordination warned that "attempts to influence the perception of young people will not subside as long as the state is moving in the right direction.