The Future of the New Middle East


Reza Aslan


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A drastic shift is taking place in the Middle East. A new generation of youth are clamoring for their rights and freedoms – and they drastically outnumber their elders . Seventy-five percent of the population of the Middle East is under the age of 35 and fifty percent is under the age of 25. The young, educated, and politically motivated youth in places like Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and beyond have a new vision--one that represents their values, not the values of a ruling elite or of the generation that preceded them. Reza Aslan is a world renowned expert on the Middle East – it's history, economy, culture and populations. In this eye opening talk, Aslan goes beyond skin-deep punditry and reveals the true nature of these historic societal changes. What motivates the Muslim youth of today? What will the new Middle East look like? How will these sudden regime changes affect the world's economic and political climate? With unparalleled authority and eloquence, Aslan unravels the complexities of the new Middle East and shows audiences what the future holds for this oft-misunderstood part of the world. Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles where he is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside

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