Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000"

TitelFight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000"
Typ der PublikationReport
Publikationsjahr2016
AutorInnenN.N.
Untertitel / SerientitelMiddle East Report N°169
Pagination35pp.
InstitutionInternational Crisis Group
Kurztext

Beset by political dysfunction, endemic corruption and a jihadist threat, Iraq is squandering its greatest asset: its youth. By failing to provide a vision and concrete prospects for the future, it is pressing young men into the straitjacket of jobs-through-patronage, pushing them into combat with either the Islamic State (IS) or Shiite militias or inducing them to emigrate. Arguably, the government faces more pressing challenges: pushing IS out, ensuring that subsequent governance does not further alienate the local population, instituting overdue reforms and tackling corruption. Yet, it will not succeed if it does not at the same time develop a strategy for creating a meaningful place in politics and society for the young. They are the country’s most important resource; abandoning them could turn them into the most important threat to national and regional security.

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